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Certificated Staff Requirements

The Washington State teacher certification process is overseen by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). OSPI requires any individual who applies for teaching certification to hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. In addition, you must also successfully complete a teacher preparation program that is state-approved. If you did not complete such a program through your bachelor’s degree, you may achieve certification through an alternative path preparation program for teachers.

The ESA certification process is also overseen by OSPI.  Certification requirements vary based on the type of ESA Role. Information can be found on OSPI’s Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificates webpage.