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By Educators, for Educators

Welcome to the WEA Teacher Residency!

The Washington Education Association Teacher Residency provides individualized pathways to certification for educators who are a reflection of Washington’s diverse learners and communities. Our aim is to support our residents to serve and advocate for students while disrupting and dismantling institutional systems that cause harm to students and teachers. The residency program provides application-based learning that centers inclusive, equitable practices that prioritize student/family centered asset-based approaches to nurture student success. Our residents will mirror Washington's students, be highly qualified, reflect on their practice, and be "classroom ready," able to prepare and deliver inclusive educational opportunities for every student in our state. 

“I am so excited to be a part of this teacher residency program! I am getting hands-on training and experience in multiple areas through this program, and I know I will be a better special education teacher because of it. I have instructors, mentors, coaches, and field supervisors who are available to answer my questions, observe my work and give me immediate one-on-one feedback. I don’t know of any other teacher preparation program that offers this kind of support! Everyone I work with is kind and caring and determined to help all of us succeed, and I’m so grateful that a program like this exists.” 

- 2023-24 WEA Teacher Resident Kate Litondo

Who should apply? Individuals committed to social justice, inclusion, and to students with disabilities, and who identify with our core values

Core Values