Approved Programs and Programs Authorized for Field Placement

The Professional Educator Standards Board has created the option of an “authorized for field placement” status for educator preparation programs based in and approved by other states, as well as operating field experiences in Washington State. Authorization for field placement is limited to assurance that field-experiences meet minimum background check and supervisory requirements.  It does not ensure compliance with Washington-based program approval standards.  Authorization for field placement also aligns with the Board’s policy goal to ensure statewide access to preparation programs, in that these programs must demonstrate how their presence meets current state need in terms geographic location or nature of program offered. 

Candidates who complete educator preparation programs that are neither approved nor authorized for field placement are encouraged to carefully research whether program completion will support eligibility for certification in Washington state.  Candidates can begin that research at on the Pathways to Teaching website.

Approved Program 

Program Authorized for Field Placement 

PESB-approved programs meet regulatory standards, including annual reporting responsibilities, site visits, and program evaluation.

Programs authorized for field placement have met specific PESB criteria and agree to annually submit program reports for review.

  • Meet PESB standards specifically designed for Washington educators
  • Approved by the appropriate education agency in a state other than Washington according to that state’s standards
  • Regularly monitored and evaluated by the PESB
  • Required to provide program data and information to the PESB, but formal evaluation occurs in state in which they hold approval.
  • Required to maintain and respond to recommendations from an advisory council of Washington P-12 practitioners
    • State in which program is approved may or may not require an advisory council of practitioners
    • Required to establish formal agreements with Washington school districts in which they place candidates for field experience
    • Required to establish formal agreements with Washington school districts in which they place candidates for field experience
    • Individuals enrolled in approved programs have access to Washington financial aid programs, such as state-funded administrator internships and alternative route scholarships
    • Individuals enrolled in authorized program do not have access to Washington-based financial aid programs.
    • Required for WA-based  institutions (i.e., it’s the only means for their program completers to earn a WA certificate)
    • Optional for out-of-state-based institutions (because interstate reciprocity is based on completion of a state-approved program that includes a field experience, these institutions may still place candidates in WA schools and their program completers will gain WA cert via reciprocity)
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