Individuals who do not submit for the ProTeach or NBPTS online assessment
during the first 2-year renewal may not have any options for renewal of the
residency certificate and must have a one-year break in service before they can
seek employment in a Washington public school and obtain a transitional
certificate to complete the ProTeach or NBPTS online assessment.
Individuals can obtain a renewal of the residency certificate to meet
requirements for and obtain the professional teacher (advanced-level)
- Attest intention to register to complete the ProTeach external and uniform assessment on www.waproteach.org or the National
Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Assessment. (registration
requires individuals to hold or have held a residency certificate and have at
least 1.5 FTE of accumulated experience reported by a Washington school district
or documented by a private school). Renewal is valid for two years. Individuals
who are already registered for the ProTeach external and uniform assessment or
in the NBPTS process are eligible for renewal.
Individuals who hold a 2-year residency renewal who submit and fail the
ProTeach online assessment or NBPTS assessment before the expiration date of the
first renewal, are eligible for an additional 2-year residency renewal.
Individuals who had a break in service (leave of absence, RIF, unemployed, etc.)
may be eligible for an additional 2-year residency renewal.
Individuals who were unemployed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the first two-year renewal may apply for a final, second two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certification assessment.
Note: Teachers with a residency or residency renewal certificate
expiring in 2014, 2015, or 2016 who completed the available sections of the
NBPTS assessment prior to the expiration date of their certificate may apply for
an additional two-year renewal in 2016 or 2017. Upon successful completion of
the NBPTS assessment, the teacher shall apply for the professional teacher
For an overview of the flowchart of Residency Certificate Renewal requirements select:
Residency Certification Timeline
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