Substitute Certificate requires the same level of preparation as a regular
teaching certificate. (IF YOU RECENTLY GRADUATED FROM A WASHINGTON COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM
AND HAVE NOT BEEN ISSUED A CERTIFICATE PLEASE CONTACT YOUR INSTITUTION FOR ASSISTANCE.)
The candidate must have:
- Earned a bachelor's or higher degree from any regionally accredited college/university.
- Completed any state's approved teacher preparation program state-approved teacher preparation program.
This would be either an approved program through a regionally accredited college or university, or an approved alternative-route program. (Form 4020E Verification of Program completion and Character or Form 4020E-1 Verification of Alternative Certification Program Pathway Completion and Character) In Washington there are 21 colleges/universities approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board to offer educator preparation programs.
- If you have not completed a state approved program, individuals may verify at least 3 years of K-12 teaching experience outside Washington (Form 4020F-1 Verification of Experience), and hold a regular certificate in another state.