Renew a Teaching Certificate in WA
(not a Washington teacher, click here to find your state)
How do I keep and renew a teaching certificate in WA?
Teachers use online professional development and continuing education courses to renew a teaching certificate in Washington.
1 semester credit = 15 clock hours.
What state requirements does a teacher in Washington need to meet for renewal?
Beginning on September 1, 2019, renewal applications for residency, professional, initial, and continuing teacher and CTE certificates that hold certain endorsements must document completion of at least 15 clock hours with an emphasis on STEM integration. STEM integration is the authentic combination of at least two of the STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The requirement applies to the following currently offered STEM area endorsements:
- Agriculture Education
- Business and Marketing Education
- Computer Science
- CTE (All Areas)
- Designated Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science; Physics
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences Education
- Mathematics; Middle Level Mathematics
- Science; Middle Level Science
- Technology Education
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How do I contact the WA Office of Public Instruction?
Contact the Washington Office of Public Instruction
600 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of July 1st, 2020 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.