Teacher Certification Program
Black Hall 128-1

(509) 963-2661

Certificates Available to CWU Candidates

Congratulations! You have finished student teaching, and are looking for the next steps. The first official certificate you are eligible for is the Residency Teaching Certificate. When all of your requirements are recevied by the Teacher Certification Program, we will initiate your recommendation process and inform you of your next steps. You must meet the following requirements:

  • Full admission to the Teacher Certification Program.
  • A Degree GPA of 3.0 OR a 3.0 GPA for at least the last 45 graded quarter credits (the total may exceed 45 if an entire quarter is needed to achieve the minimum 45) 
  • Degree Checkout has awarded your degree
  • Logged over 450 hours in MyCWU field experience log
  • Passed WEST-E and/or NES tests
  • Passed edTPA with a score of 40 or higher
  • Have $0.00 balance on your MyCWU student account

Residency Teaching Certificate

  • Initiated by CWU Teacher Certification Program
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or higher
  • Completion of a basic skills test and a content area test
  • Completed CWU certification requirements listed above
  • For more information on Residency Certificate contact OSPI

Emergency Teaching Certificate

  • Made available in response to COVID-19
  • Initiated by CWU Teacher Certification Program
  • Completion of a bachelor's degree or higher
  • May be issued if only testing requirements are outstanding
  • Is valid for 1-year, must pass all tests within the year

Intern Substitute Certificate

  • Initated by host School District
  • Approval required by Field Supervisor
  • Allows Student Teacher to substitute for mentor teacher only
  • Must complete mid-term evaluation before CWU will approve.
  • For more information on Intern Substitute contact OSPI

Emergency Substitute Certificate

  • Initated by host School District
  • Allows Student Teacher to substitute in host district **It is against expectations for Student Teachers to substitute for a classroom other than their mentor teacher.
  • For more information on Emergency Substitute contact OSPI

Conditional Teaching Certificate

  • Issued by School District for those educators who are working with an employer that wants to hire them based on their experience and expertise in a particular educational area.
  • Limited to employment in hiring distrtict only
  • Qualifications required are up to hiring district. **Some districts will offer contracts to educators who have not graduated and some require a bachelor's degree.
  • For more information on Conditional Certificate contact OSPI

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Updated 2/24/2021