dcsimg

As in most states, the path to becoming a teacher in Washington largely depends on the subject and educational level chosen. Teaching elementary school, middle school and high school typically requires a bachelor's degree, although private schools may sometimes differ; a graduate degree may lead to more advanced positions.

To start though, individuals typically need to pass the West-B (Basic Skills Test) and West-E (content assessment) tests. Qualifying to teach college usually requires a graduate degree in a specific subject — the subject you'd want to focus on.

Areas of Specialization for Teachers in Washington

Before becoming a teacher in Washington, you should have an idea of what kind of teacher you want to be. For those who wish to teach middle school, high school or college, you will typically need to specialize in one or more subjects. Examples of these may include:

  • English
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Computer Science

Some people may teach a couple of related subjects, such as English and journalism, and earning a minor in a related subject while in college may help you reach your goal, as well. In order to teach public school, you may need to also take some education courses, whereas teaching private school and college may only require subject-specific courses.

Washington Teaching Licensing Requirements

There are a few requirements to earn a license to teach in Washington. The first of these involves earning a bachelor's degree from an accredited college. Next, potential educators should complete a teacher preparation program. The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has a list on its website of approved schools and programs to help in your search. You can typically expect to also earn passing scores on the West-B (Basic Skills Test) and West-E (content assessment) tests.

Out-of-State Educators in Washington

For those who have earned their degree and teaching credential from another state, Washington has detailed steps that must be followed in order to qualify to earn a Residency Certificate to teach. You must first have earned a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university. You must also have passed a teacher preparation program, or have at least three years of K-12 teaching experience, and hold a teaching certificate from another state. Then, you can expect to need a passing score on the West-B and West-E basic skills assessments within 12 months of receiving a temporary permit.

For more information about this process, please visit the certification page of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Alternate Paths to Teaching in Washington

There are different routes to becoming a teacher in Washington, most of which also require a bachelor's degree and passing either the West-E or West-B exams. An example is for someone with subject-matter expertise who doesn't work in the school system. In that case, you must pass the West-E and West-B exams, have at least a bachelor's degree, meet the age, good character and moral fitness requirements, have demonstrated experience with students or children, and have positive letters of reference. The full list of the alternate routes can be found on the PESB website.


Sources:

  1. Pathways to Becoming a Teacher in Washington, Checklist, PESB, http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/
  2. Alternative Routes to Certification, PESB, http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/future-educators/alternative-routes
  3. Teacher Preparation Programs, PESB, http://pathway.pesb.wa.gov/future-educators/becoming-a-teacher-in-washington/prospective-teachers/preparation-program
  4. Certification, State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/NotCertified.aspx

Teaching Schools in Washington

This list also contains online schools that accept students from Washington
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
B.S. in Educational Studies (Does Not Lead to Teacher Licensure)
  • GCU proudly boasts 60 graduates who have gone on to become Teachers of the Year! Will you be the next?
  • Considering the rewarding field of education? Take your first step with a bachelor's degree in education. Many emphases available.
  • Already an educator? Advance your degree with a Master of Education or a Master of Arts in an education-related field. Many emphases available.
  • Opportunities to specialize in exciting fields such as TESOL, educational administration, curriculum & instruction, special education & more!
  • Contact GCU today and learn about the many degree options available to you as a current or aspiring educator!
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Liberty University's online programs ranked in the top 5 of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility*
  • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level**
  • No standardized testing if you meet admission requirements
  • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program
  • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned
Show more [+]
  • Accredited
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Master of Education - TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
  • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
  • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
  • Flexible Scheduling
  • Accelerated Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits
Master of Education (Instruction & Learning)
  • For nearly a century, CIU has provided an enriching Christ-centered education
  • CIU is SACSCC and ABHE accredited to ensure students’ academic & spiritual growth
  • Students receive one-on-one attention from talented & experienced professors
  • 497 undergrads with an avg. class size of 20, for strong educational experiences
  • Many students receive financial aid if they are eligible
Show more [+]
  • Online Courses
E-Learning - EdS
  • Northcentral University was founded in 1996 to provide working professionals around the world with unprecedented access to richly engaging, professionally relevant, and academically-rigorous education from a U.S. university.
  • As a regionally accredited, private, online and graduate-focused university, NCU offers doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business, technology management, education, and psychology, as well as doctoral and master’s degrees in marriage and family therapy.
  • Online Courses
  • Financial Aid
  • Transferable Credits