Resources for Certification
Below you will find several categories of resources and frequently asked questions.
Student Teaching Pre-Requisites
How do I make an OSPI e-cert account?
You need to make an account on OSPI to be a certified teacher in Washington. Directions can be found on page 5 of the E-Cert User Guide(pdf)
How do I complete the Pre-Residency clearance application?
Pre-Residency clearance is a Student Teaching pre-requisite. You will need to apply to OSPI before the student teaching application deadline. Directions can be found on page 7 of the E-Cert User Guide(pdf)
How to purchase liability insurance
Where do I register for WEST-E/NES tests?
You can register online for the exam(s) you are seeking endorsement(s) in.
How do I know what WEST-E/NES test(s) I need to take?
Look at options listed on WEST-E/NES website. More than likely, you will register for one WEST-E or NES exam.
- If you are pursuing Elementary Education or Middle Level Humanities you will need to pass both subtests.
- Music educators seeking all endorsements will take both WEST-E and NES tests in music.
- Literacy Minor: NES 104:Essential Components of Elementary Reading Instruction
Should I e-mail Teacher Certification right after graduation to process my information?
We know this is an exciting step in your journey and you are eager to have your own classroom, but please be patient. The Teacher Certification Program will automatically recommend you to OSPI once we have recieved all necessary information. Typically the edTPA is the last piece to come to our office. When that comes in, it triggers the recommendation process.
Can I look for jobs before my Teaching Certificate is issued?
Absolutely! Most school districts are aware that the recommendation process typically takes a few months after graduation. Check out Career Services for resources and information about applying for employment.
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