STEM Certificate Renewal Requirement

To renew a certificate, teachers with STEM-related endorsements must complete at least 15 clock hours, the equivalent in credit, or at least one goal from a professional growth plan (PGP) with an emphasis on STEM integration. STEM integration is the combination of at least two STEM components (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Learn more about the STEM certificate renewal requirement from the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). For questions on your individual certificate renewal, contact the OSPI certification office.

Whether or not a teacher needs to meet the STEM requirement depends on their endorsements, not on their job assignment. Teachers with one or more of the following endorsements must meet this requirement: 

  • Agriculture Education
  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Computer Science
  • CTE (All Areas)
  • Designated Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth & Space Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education 
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Education
  • Mathematics; Middle-Level Mathematics
  • Science; Middle-Level Science
  • Technology Education

NBCTs meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement by maintaining a valid National Board certificate.

WEA offers asynchronous and synchronous learning that meets the STEM requirement. WEA also provides support in completing PGPs which may meet this requirement.

Connect with us!

Contact Maren Johnson, Education Policy and Practices Coordinator, for more information on WEA STEM programs.

Synchronous Learning 

WEA's Inclusionary Practices Project (IPP) and Special Education Support Center (SESC) are providing professional development via Zoom. Register for each course, using the link listed for each course. Select the course you want to register for in the drop-down menu. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom pre-registration link. Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop-down menu. We do not maintain a wait list.

Courses are available to all. Courses are free. Clock hours will be provided within 7-10 business days.

After each course, in approximately 7 -10 business days, you will receive a course evaluation via email. Once you've completed and submitted the course evaluation, you will receive a clock hour verification form via email. Please check your spam/junk folders for the emails. Use the clock hour verification form to process your clock hours and/or attendance according to your district policies.

For questions, registration assistance, or clock hour assistance email Thera Grady or Rosy Wokabi.

Registration Information

Registration is a two-step process

  1. Register for each course using this link: https://forms.washingtonea.org/Forms/pdonline
  2. Use the registration link in your confirmation email to complete the Zoom registration

You will immediately be directed to the course Zoom information page, including the link to access the course. Save this information. You can also add the event information to your calendar from this page.

Register for each course using the link listed for each course. Select the course you want to register for in the drop down menu. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom pre-registration link. Once registration is full, the course will no longer be available in the drop down menu. We do not maintain a wait list.

More synchronous oppotunties coming soon!

Asynchronous Learning

WEA is providing professional development asynchronous courses on the Canvas learning management system (LMS). The two coruses below are available at no charge to members. Register for each course using the link listed next to the course name. You will receive an email confirmation from WEA as well as a registration email from Instructure/Canvas. Once you complete the course including the evaluation, you will receive a clock hour verification form within 7-10 business days. 

These courses were created with flexibility in mind, hence there are no due dates for discussions or assignments, except for the final deadlines each year. You will move through the course at your own pace. Think of the course like a book with some interaction. While there are no due dates, there are some important deadlines listed below. 

Important Deadlines 

Monday, May 29th, 2023             

  • Last day to register for a course 

Monday, June 5th, 2023              

  • Last day to complete course and submit assignments 

Monday, June 19th, 2023             

  • Last day to complete the Evaluation and Completion Confirmation for clock hours 

Friday, June 30th, 2023                

  • Last day to record clock hours in OSPI eCertification for certificates expiring June 30th, 2023 

For certificates expiring this year, the last day to submit an application through OSPI eCertification for certificate renewal is June 30th, 2023. However, WEA needs time to process your clock hours and time to address any issues that may occur, which is why the last date to complete the course is June 5th. 

STEM for Primary (K-6) Educators (15 hours) | Registration

Scientific studies have shown that children learn faster than adults.  Most of that early learning is focused on developing language skills and communications skills.  There is little to no emphasis on STEM learning.  As it turns out, there are a lot of benefits of introducing STEM at an early age. This training, geared towards K-6 teachers, will provide strategies, ideas, and examples of how to introduce STEM in early educator classrooms and include connections to inclusionary practices. You will be submitting work as assignments, taking surveys and quizzes, and participating in discussion boards for this class. The ultimate goal is that you can walk away with an integrated STEM lesson plan that will be important and usable in your classroom.

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement (RCW 28A.10.2212).

STEM for Secondary (6-12) Educators (15 hours) | Registration

This course aims to teach participants about science, engineering, math, and inclusionary practices with a little dose of technology. The participant will then reflect on their current practice, identify areas of growth, and fully incorporate these ideas into an integrated science, engineering, math lesson, project, or unit plan with a focus on Universal Design for Learning inclusionary practices.

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement (RCW 28A.10.2212).

STEM Integration and Inclusionary Practices (15 hours) | Registration

The application of STEM in the classroom can transcend beyond learning science and math facts. STEM integration provides students the opportunities to learn 21st century skills such as questioning the world around them, processing what they learned, collaborating well with others, and communicating with peers and adults alike. Additionally, a focus on Inclusionary Practices, where all students are afforded the chance of a dynamic, important education, are intrinsically linked with STEM in the classroom.

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement (RCW 28A.10.2212).

STEMizing your Instruction (15 hours) | Registration

Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Standards as they learn how to STEMize a classroom.  Participants will create a personal resource bank of ideas, activities and materials and learn how to take an existing unit of instruction in any content area and STEMize the unit to include STEM models and computational thinking.  

This training meets the STEM certificate renewal requirement (RCW 28A.10.2212).

Professional Growth Plans (PGPs)

Professional growth plans (PGPs) are job-embedded, self-directed professional development. With a PGP, educators set their own goals, align them to standards, design an action plan, and collect evidence documenting growth towards achieving  their goals. Educators then reflect on the process. 25 clock hours are available upon PGP completion. Learn more about PGPs.

A professional growth plan with at least one goal focusing on STEM integration can be used to meet the STEM certificate renewal requirement.

Find schedule of WEA support for completing PGPs.

Other Professional Learning Available

Many Washington state-approved clock hour providers offer courses meeting the STEM certificate renewal requirement. ESDs frequently offer STEM courses. Find ESD professional learning.