Navigate the certification process

WEA professional development opportunities are only open to WEA members. If you are a non-member and want to join, please contact your Local EA to sign up for membership.
  • Certification Trainings

    Online Certification Trainings will be conducted through zoom.  You will recieve a follow-up email a few days prior to the event with zoom link information.

    Teacher Certification 101 (2 Clock Hours)

    Focuses on latest teacher certificate renewal requirements, policy changes, STEM renewal requirement, PGP basics, National Board basics, OSPI eCert platform.

    Audience: Teachers and CTE Teachers

    • Check back for upcoming training dates for Fall 2022

    Educational Staff Associates (ESA) Certification 101 (2 Clock Hours)

    Focuses on latest ESA certificate renewal requirements, policy changes, OSPI eCert platform, PGP basics and ESA professional growth needs.

    Audience: Educational Staff Associates: School Behavior Analysts, School Counselor, School Nurse, School Occupational Therapist, School Orientation and Mobility Specialist, School Physical Therapist, School Psychologist, School Social Worker, School Speech Language Pathologist/Audiologist

    National Board Information Session Series

    Audience: Certificated educators

    National Board Certification- Overview: Session 1 (2 Clock Hours)

    This introductory session on National Board Certification provides an overview of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), basics of the certification process, and why educators consider board certification.

    National Board Certification- Standards & Process: Session 2 (2 Clock Hours)

    This second session on National Board Certification focuses on a deeper exploration of the NBPTS certificate area standards and the four required components. The session also shares basics about candidate support options.

    National Board Certification- Support & Next Steps: Session 3 (2 Clock Hours)

    This third session in the WEA National Board Certification information series helps educators decide possible next steps and timelines with the certification process. Educators explore various support options available, and finalize a personal check-list to guide their National Board journey.

    Professional Growth Plan 1 (3 Clock Hours)

    Certificated educators can complete 1 PGP per year for 25 clock hours for certificate renewal and salary movement.  Session covers PGP basics, alignment with TPEP, meeting STEM requirement using PGPs and time to draft your PGP.

    Audience: All certificated educators

    Professional Growth Plan 2 (2 Clock Hours)

    In this session, participants participate in small-group sessions focused on individualized feedback on PGP drafts. Participants have the opportunity to ask clarifying questions around PGPs and then have work time to make edits.

    Audience: All certificated educators who have completed PGP #1

    Professional Growth Plan 3 (2 Clock Hours)

    In this final session, participants bring a completed PGP for final review.  The process facilitates possible sign-off of completed PGPs using a rubric.  Participants also explore the OSPI eCert platform for logging in their PGP/clock hours; they also review the steps for using PGPs for salary advancement.

    Audience: All certificated educators who have completed PGP #2

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  • WEA National Board Jump Start

    WEA's National Board Jump Start is a comprehensive, multi-day seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and information needed to pursue certification. All this happens in a supportive, constructive and collegial environment.

    There are a total of six (6) training modules that will be offered each training week. You MUST register for Foundations I in order to continue on with the modules. For those that take Foundations I on June 7, 2022, you will have the option of taking sessions throughout either June and August Jump Start weeks. For those thare take Foundations I on August 1, you will only be able to take sessions throughout the August Jump Start Week.

    Jump Start Sessions
    June 27 - July 1,2022
    August 1- August 5, 2022

    Component 1

    • Thursday, June 30, 1-4:30 p.m. or
    • Thursday, Aug. 4, 1-4:30 p.m.

    Component 2

    • Monday, June 27, 1-4:30 p.m. or
    • Monday, Aug. 1, 1-4:30 p.m.

    Component 3

    • Tuesday, June 28, 8:30 a.m.-Noon or
    • Tuesday, Aug. 2, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

    Component 4

    • Thursday, June 30, 8:30 a.m.-Noon or
    • Thursday, Aug. 2, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

    Foundations 2 (National Board Mapping, like certificate area meetings with NBCTs)

    • Friday, July 1, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (includes lunch break) or
    • Friday, Aug. 5, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (includes lunch break)

    Scholarships are available to members for a $25 reduced registration rate who meet one of the following criteria:

    • Early Career Educators
    • Educator of Color
    • Members who complete the entire National Board Information Session Series (3 courses)

    If you meet any of these criteria and are interested in registering for Jump Start at a reduced rate of $25, please do not use the registration links above. Please fill out this link and you will be contacted within a week of your submission.

  • WEA National Board Home Stretch

    WEA's National Board Home Stretch takes place just before the National Board portfolio is due, when candidates are getting ready to focus their attention on final revisions.

    At Home Stretch, small like-certificate groups meet with one NBCT Facilitator to read and provide standards-based feedback on the written commentary for Components 2, 3, or 4 using a specially designed protocol. We do our best to have NBCTs in the same certificate area as candidates; however, that’s not always possible based on registration numbers and facilitator availability.

    During the morning part of the agenda, candidates receive feedback on Component 2, 3 or 4 written commentary. In the afternoon segment, they can opt for feedback on a second component or testing center (Component 1) preparation.

    Supported Work Groups: Dedicated work time is also an option, staffed by NBCTs to answer questions and provide support.

    Check back for upcoming dates in 2023!

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  • WEA National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Training Series

    WEA offers three modules to help you pursue your National Board MOC. Each module offers a different focus to guide you through this process. You may participate in all three modules. You may find that you just need the overview which is offered in Module One.  If you plan to engage in all three modules, we ask that you take them in sequence so that you are prepared. Each module is interactive with breakout rooms and time for questions.

    Module One
    Overview of the MOC process and introduction of Professional Growth Experiences (PGEs). The homework is to draft PGEs and share them in Module Two. This module is 3.5 hours.

    Module Two
    Details of the MOC process. Participants will share possible PGEs and dive into the prompts for Components One and Two.  This module is 3.5 hours.

    Module Three
    Feedback and Support for your MOC work. Participants will share a draft of one PGE and give and receive feedback on their work.  This module is 3 hours.

    Here is a video that describes the MOC modules.

    **Check back for upcoming Summer and Fall dates

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  • Navigating Your Certification Options

    Go here to find out more about the National Board process and to register as a National Board candidate.

    Find out about earning and maintaining certification for:

    Find information for Future Educators

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