• ESD 113's Certification department* assists applicants in determining which application may be appropriate for them to complete in order to obtain or maintain a Washington State certificate, as a teacher, administrator, or educational staff associate. Applicants submit their paperwork to the ESD Certification office for review and issuance of a temporary permit, when applicable. The 180-day permit allows the applicants to then seek and accept employment while the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Certification Office continues to review the application for testing results, etc. A second 180-day permit may be issued by OSPI if necessary.
    Types of certificates in Washington include:
    • Teacher
    • Speech language pathologist or audiologist, school nurse, occupational therapist and physical therapist
    • Administrator (principal, superintendent, and program administrator)
    • Educational Staff Associate
    • School counselor, school psychologist, and school social worker
    To meet the requirements for a full time Residency teaching certificate or a "regular" Substitute certificate, an applicant must have earned a bachelor's degree and completed an approved college/university teacher education program that included student teaching from a regionally accredited college or university. If the applicant did not complete a program, he or she must provide verification of an out of state regular teaching certificate and be able to verify 3 years of out of state teaching experience. If the applicant does not meet the criteria described above, he or she may be eligible for a limited certificate. Contact the Certification office at the ESD for additional information.

    Fingerprinting is a Washington State requirement for all individuals who have regular, unsupervised access to children within the P-12 system in the state, including those seeking certificates and those employed in a certified or classified position. Fingerprinting may be done at any one of the nine ESDs in the state of Washington. (See fingerprinting for more detailed information on this process).