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Fee Payment: Fees are not refundable. Please ensure you select and submit the correct application as the OSPI $33 fee will not apply toward a future or corrected application and will need to be paid with each application submitted. Refund Policy

Puget Sound ESD 121 and Northwest ESD 189 are no longer processing certification applications. Please contact another ESD for your certification activities.

What types of Certificates are available? (basic requirements)

  • Residency Certificate - this is the first level regular certificate that the majority of applicants receive
  • Professional Certificate - this is the advanced level regular certificate. Most applicants receive this certificate after holding a residency certificate and working as an educator in Washington
  • Substitute Certificate - valid for life
  • Limited Teaching Certificates - these certificates are for employers who cannot find enough teachers with regular certificates and wish to hire an applicant that does not meet requirements for a regular certificate
  • Foreign Trained - What if I was Educated in Another Country?  If you are from another country, you may have your college transcript evaluated to determine US-equivalency.  With the equivalent of a bachelor's degree and completion of a teacher preparation program, you should qualify for a Residency Certificate.
  • Student Teaching in Washington – What if I am in a teacher preparation program and I am going to student teach in Washington?

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