April 19, 2018

Washington Teacher Certification

Average Teacher Salary: $38,284
Average State Salary for All Jobs: $46,430

Coursework and Preparation Programs You’ll Need:

You’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree before you can teach in Washington schools. There are no special undergraduate coursework requirements in individual subject areas for Washington teacher certification. You will, however, need to complete a Washington-approved teacher preparation program. A list of approved programs is available here:
College University Educator Programs
For a list of alternative teacher certification programs, see the National Center for Alternative Certification Web site.


For teacher certification in Washington, you’ll need to take the foillowing test for basic teaching skills:
Washington Educator Skills Test – Basic (WEST-B) Official Site | WEST-B Test
In addition, you’ll need to take one of the following tests in specific subject areas:
Washington Educator Skills Test – Endorsement (WEST-E) Official Site

Reciprocity Agreements

The State of Washington has reciprocity agreements to accept teaching credentials from most other states.

Facts about Washington Teacher Certification

Differential pay support is available for teachers in high needs subject areas.
After teaching in Washington for two years, a teacher becomes eligible for tenure.

For Further Information

You can contact the Washington State Department of Education about teacher certification at this address:
Washington State Department of Education
Capitol Building
Room 253
P.O. Box 47206
Olympia, Washington 98504

Or you can call the Department of Education at (360) 725-6025.
In addition, the following official Web sites have information about the Washington teacher certification process:

Washington State Board of Education
Teacher Certification
Washington State Teacher Certification Requirements