Clock Hours - To reinstate a continuing certificate which has lapsed, 100 approved clock hours of continuing education study and/or equivalent academic credit* must be completed within the five years prior to the date of application** for reinstatement. Course must be 100-level or above and from an accredited college/university.
In lieu of the above clock hours, present a copy of a valid certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Professional Growth Plan(s) -
In lieu of the above clock hours, individuals may choose to reinstate a continuing certificate via annual professional growth plans (PGPs). Completion of four annual PGPs during the previous five-year period meets the requirement for reinstatement. Individuals completing fewer than four annual PGPs must complete the necessary continuing education credit hours needed to be the equivalent of one hundred hours* to meet renewal requirements. The PGPs must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-79A-207 for teachers, WAC 181-78A-540(1) for administrators, or WAC 181-78A-540(2) for educational staff associates. For educators holding multiple certificates in chapter 181-85 WAC or WAC 181-79A-251, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate shall meet the requirement for all continuing certificates held by an individual.
--PLUS--School counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses
NOTE: Include with Reinstatement application documentation for clock hours, credits, PGP's or National Board certificate.
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Information regarding clock hours
ESA certification and license hours
NOTE: You no longer need to send in your original certificate with your renewal.
* Clock Hour Equivalents: 1 quarter credit = 10 clock hours; 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours; 1 PGP until 6-30-18 = 30 clock hours; 1 PGP as of 7-1-18 = 25 clock hours.
**For example, if the certificate lapsed on June 30, 2017 and the applicant doesn't apply for reinstatement until August 1, 2017, clock hours taken during July of 2012 may not be used for reinstatement purposes. For clock hour provider information click here.
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