Navigate the certification process

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  • Winter 2021 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

    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

    National Board Information Session (2 Clock Hours)

    Learn about the National Board 5 Core Propositions, content area standards and the four National Board components. Session covers current state incentives and candidate support options.

    Audience: Certificated educators

    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 Home Stretch

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

    WEA offers Home Stretch seminars annually in February through April, and two options are available, a 3-hour and a 6-hour seminar, both consisting of peer feedback on written commentary. Event fees include lunch, clock hours, and all training materials and resources.

    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 protocol specially designed for use at WEA Home Stretch events.

    In full day events, candidates get a second round of feedback on Component 2, 3 or 4 written commentary, OR, they can opt to gwt support with Component 1 (Assessment Center) Preparation. In a small, like-certificate group, candidates explore the selected response items, the constructed response exercises, and released items.

    Supported Work Groups: Dedicated work time with available NBCTs who answer questions and provide support. 

    Note: Trainings may be cancelled should registration numbers not meet the minimum requirements. Members will be offered alternative options or refunds for cancelled events.

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  • WEA National Board Maintenance of Certificate (MOC) Jump Start

    The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) is implementing a new, 5 year “Maintenance of Certification” (MOC) starting in the 2020-21 candidate cycle.  The 5-year MOC replaces the 10 year Renewal option. You can read more about the MOC at the NBPTS website:

    Maintaining your National Board Certification is a personal and public statement about your commitment to the profession and to your students. WEA's National Board Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Jump Start is a 1-day training that provides key information to NBCTs planning to undertake the new MOC. This training helps candidates consider their growth and experiences since becoming a NBCT and how to relate this to the MOC requirements.

    To see the latest COVID-19 guidance from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), please check out this link:

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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

    And learn about Washington State Clock Hours

    State Agencies working with Certification