Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Washington


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/TeacherMain.aspx
State information on reciprocity http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/reciprocity.aspx and http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/future-educators/becoming-a-teacher-in-washington/out-of-state-transfers
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Washington is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No. WAC 181-79A-257
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not immediately. Out-of-state applicants seeking a Professional Certificate must complete coursework or an in-service program on issues of abuse. WAC 181-79A-257
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Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? No.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates and not immediately. Applicants must pass a basic skills and content knowledge test (or approved alternative) within twelve months of receiving a temporary permit. Candidates can submit documentation of passing a comparable out-of-state exam and be exempt from additional assessment requirements in order to obtain a Professional Certificate, candidates must also complete a performance assessment (ProTeach Portfolio). Candidates can be exempt from this requirement if they held a comparable advanced out-of-state certificate. WA ADC 181-79A-257
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Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Applicants who hold a certificate comparable to the Residency Certificate and who have practiced at the P-12 level for three of the last seven years are not required to have completed their state’s approved teacher preparation program. Applicants without this experience must meet their state’s preparation program requirements. WAC 181-79A-257
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Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No.
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? No. Washington has three main licensure levels: Limited, Residency and Professional. Washington issues the Residency certificate to most out-of-state applicants. Although applicants with credentials comparable to a Professional Certificate do not have to take the performance assessment (ProTeach Portfolio), applicants must meet basic skills and content assessment requirements and complete coursework or an in-service program on issues of abuse. WAC 181-79A-257
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Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. A military spouse can receive expedited issuance of the appropriate certificate provided the applicant is the spouse of a military member subject to transfer within the state, left employment in another state to accompany the member to Washington, and meets all other licensing standards for teachers. RCW 18.340.020
WAC 181-79A-257(3)

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