Start Your Journey to Teacher Certification
Whether you are working toward your First Residency Teacher Certificate, Administrator Certificate or adding endorsements the Teacher Certification Program is here to help keep track of the required steps to certification. If you have any questions please reach out, we are excited to help you successfully reach this goal!
Traditional Pathway to Teaching
This is a very broad overview of the process and requirements to earn your recommendation to OSPI for the Residency Teaching Certificate.
- Apply to Teacher Certification Program after acceptance to CWU and earning 45 quarter credits. Feel free to sign up to join us at a TCP 101 seminar to get questions answered.
- Complete all Major and Minor coursework. If you would like to schedule an appointment to get help on becoming fully admitted to the Teacher Certification Program, sign up for a TCP 201 appointment to get assistance.
- Complete pre-requisites and apply to Student Teaching two quarters before end of program. If you need help with your e-cert account or pre-residency clearance application, sign up for the TCP 301 appointments!
- Complete Student Teaching, and exit content exams. When your degree is awarded and all requirements are recieved, the Teacher Certification Program will recommend you to OSPI and e-mail you directions on your next steps. Register for the TCP 401 webinar around mid-terms of your student teaching quarter to answer your questions about what happens next.
- Claim your certificate from e-cert. Change lives!
Alternative Pathways to Teaching
Already a Teacher?
For more information on adding an endorsement to current WA teacher certificate please look at our Endorsement Only Program
For more information about becoming an administrator please look at the Administrator Certification Program
- Federal Rules Disclosure
Statement on 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) and 34 CFR 668.43(c)
Candidates of Central Washington University’s Teacher Certification Program, complete requirements to be recommended for certification or endorsement in the state of Washington. Completion of the Teacher Certification Program requires students to maintain a 3.0 GPA, graduate with an endorsable degree and pass state assessments.
Except for Washington State, CWU has made no determination if this program will lead to licensure in your state or the state in which you are seeking licensure. Please reference the resources below to determine licensure requirements and/or transfer policies in your state.
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) have negotiated licensure reciprocity agreements among states. This means that if you earn licensure in Washington you may be able to gain licensure in your own state based on proof of a valid Washington license. NASDTEC agreements can be found by clicking the link below.
Please note: requirements for licensure can change without notice, therefore it is important to contact your State Department of Education to confirm reciprocity with your state. A list of state contacts and information can be found at the U.S. Department of Education.
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