The PESB has established numerous policies and programs that support schools districts recruiting and supporting a highly effective educator workforce including:


    Out-of-Endorsement and Assignment

    Districts needing to assign teachers out-of-endorsement can receive guidance for waivers. Districts can also use this tool to match course codes and endorsements. PESB also offers a tool related to ESA hiring

    Field Placement

    Beginning September 30, 2010, districts receiving requests for field placement of student teachers should check to see if the preparation program is approved or authorized to offer field placements in Washington State.

    Professional Certification

    The Professional Certificate is designed to help educators demonstrate they have a positive impact on student learning. It is an individualized, classroom-based process that focuses on increased skills to impact student learning rather than credits. The certificate is  fully aligned with Washington’s expectations for K-12 student learning expectations.

    Educator Retooling Conditional Loan Scholarship Program

    The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has funding available through the Educator Retooling Program to support Washington certified teachers to add the following endorsements: Secondary Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Physics, Middle Level Mathematics, Middle Level Science, Bilingual Education, and English Language Learners.  

    Programs for Prospective Educators

    The PESB supports  recruitment efforts by providing programs that focus on recruitment in shortage areas including Alternative Routes to Certification, Paraprofessional Pipeline and Recruiting Washington Teachers.
    The PESB has announced plans to develop alternative routes to certification for prospective principals

    Adding an Endorsement

    There are multiple ways to add an endorsement to your teaching certificate in Washington State, including completing an endorsement program, earning National Board Certification or a Pathway 1 or 2 program.  To learn more about all your options visit the OSPI Certification Department website at

    See Washington approved endorsement programs for a list by subject and contact information.

    If you are adding a shortage area endorsement, you may be interested in the Educator Retooling Program funding support.

    Certification Renewal Requirements

    Certification renewal requirements have changed. The Professional Growth Plans PGPs webpage has all relevant information and links.