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

More asychornous opportunities coming back in August!

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.