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ESD-U (Alternative Routes to Certification)2018-10-18T08:20:00+00:00

Alternative Routes to Certification

What is ESD-U?

What is ESD-U?

Since the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) was founded in 2002, it has worked to ensure that Washington State educators are well trained and ready for the modern classroom. The Educator Pathways program within PESB has made it a priority to provide Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification in an effort to end the teacher shortage and diversify the current teacher population.  PESB has authorized ESD 112 to provide pathways to certification that support a “Grow Your Own” focus in partnership with local districts.

ESD-U, approved by PESB to provide alternative route certification, and operated by ESD 112, is a residency-based, flexible program that offers a Route 2, 3, or 4 alternative route to certification for currently employed classified and emergency substitute instructional employees. The alternative routes can be defined as the following:

  • Route 2:  Employed classified instructional staff with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification with endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
  • Route 3:  Individuals with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification. Priority shall be given to those seeking endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
  • Route 4:  Individuals with baccalaureate degrees for whom the district will secure a conditional or emergency substitute and employ (as teacher of record if on a conditional certificate) while seeking certification with an endorsement.
  • Retooling Pathway: Individuals who currently hold a Washington state teaching certificate and are employed as a teacher in a school district in Washington, and who are seeking an additional endorsement.
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Is ESD-U Right for Me?

ESD-U candidates should possess the following:

Certification

Initial Residency Certification

Earning your Residency Certification

ESD-U is a residency-based, flexible program that offers a Route 2, 3, or 4 alternative route to teacher certification. Eligible candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree and be supported by a partnering district. See the FAQ tab for a list of ESD-U’s partner districts.

ESD-U provides access to certification through the following three routes:

  • Route 2:  Employed classified instructional staff with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification with endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
  • Route 3:  Individuals with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification. Priority shall be given to those seeking endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
  • Route 4:  Individuals with baccalaureate degrees for whom the district will secure a conditional or emergency substitute and employ (as teacher of record if on a conditional certificate) while seeking certification with an endorsement.

See Steps for Candidacy for a timeline of the program.

Areas of Certification

  • English Language Learners
  • Special Education
  • Elementary Education (pending)

In future years, we may also offer endorsements in reading, math, science, early childhood education, and early childhood special education. Endorsement “retooling” pathways are offered to currently employed, licensed teachers in partnering districts.

The WEST Tests

Initial Residency Certification applicants (Routes 2, 3, and 4) are required to complete the basic skills and subject matter assessment prior to being accepted into the program. For Washington State, those can be completed by passing the WEST tests (Washington Educator Skills Test). The WEST-B (Basic) is a prerequisite for ESD-U, as well as the WEST-E (Endorsements) for either the SPED or ELL endorsement. Specific information on each test, including when and where you can take them, can be found on the WEST website.

ESD 112 has a limited number of WEST-B and WEST-E study guides available. If you would like to check out a study guide, please contact Alissa Jolly.

ESD-U requests that all WEST-B and WEST-E scores are submitted by June 1. To ensure meeting this deadline, we recommend taking the tests in early May at the latest. Candidates can be conditionally accepted into the program until they pass the WESTs.

Application for 2019-2020 Cohort

Applications will be available January 2019

Candidate Information and Application

Endorsement

Retooling Endorsement

Adding an Endorsement for Currently Certified Candidates

“Retooling” candidates currently hold a Washington state teaching certificate and are employed as a teacher in a Washington school district, and are seeking an additional endorsement. Those in a partner district will be prioritized for enrollment. See FAQ tab for a list of ESD-U’s partner districts.

Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program

Teachers who qualify as retooling candidates can apply for a competitive retooling scholarship through the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

To qualify, you must be licensed as a teacher in the state of Washington, and seeking an endorsement in a shortage subject area. (ESD-U currently offers endorsements in the following shortage areas: English Language Learner, SPED.)

Deadlines for Scholarship Application: January 11 or April 26, 2019

See PESB’s website for more details.

Candidate Information and Application

Advisory Board

Professional Education Advisory Board

Mission

To prepare educators who demonstrate a positive impact on student learning, evidence shall be evaluated to determine whether each preparation program is in compliance with the program approval standards.

Purpose

The purpose of the PEAB is to participate in and cooperate with the institution on decisions related to the development, implementation, and revision of each program.

Responsibilities

  • Adopt operating procedures.
  • Meet at least three times over the course of a year. A quorum of voting members must be present at each meeting.
  • The Professional Education Advisory Board must review all program approval standards at least once every five years.
  • The PEAB annually has reviewed and analyzed data for the purposes of determining whether candidates have a positive impact on student learning and providing the institution with recommendations for programmatic change. This data may include, but not be limited to: Student surveys, follow-up studies, employment placement records, student performance portfolios, course evaluations, and summaries of performance on the pedagogy assessment for teacher candidates.
  • Make recommendations for program changes to the institution, which must in turn consider and respond to the recommendations in writing in a timely fashion.

Current Board Members

FAQ

FAQs about ESD-U

Which school districts are involved?

The following districts are partnered with ESD-U:

What certifications and endorsements are offered?

In the first year of the program, ESD-U will offer endorsements in ELL and SPED. In future years, Reading, Elementary Education, Math, Science, Early Childhood Education, and Early Childhood SPED may also be offered.

What are the different routes to certification?

  • Route 2:  Employed classified instructional staff with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification with endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
  • Route 3:  Individuals with baccalaureate degrees seeking certification. Priority shall be given to those seeking endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
  • Route 4:  Individuals with baccalaureate degrees for whom the district will secure a conditional or emergency substitute and employ (as teacher of record if on a conditional certificate) while seeking certification with an endorsement.
  • Retooling Pathway: Individuals who currently hold a Washington state teaching certificate and are employed as a teacher in a school district in Washington, and who are seeking an additional endorsement.

What are the prerequisites for Initial Residency Certification applicants (Routes 2, 3, and 4)?

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution (official transcript will be required with application).
  • Meet the age, good moral character, and professional fitness requirements, as outlined in WAC 181-86-013.
  • Pass the WEST-B.
  • Pass the WEST-E.

What are the WEST-B and WEST-E? How do I take them?

Initial Residency Certification applicants (Routes 2, 3, and 4) are required to complete the basic skills and subject matter assessments before beginning ESD-U. For Washington State, those assessments are fulfilled by passing the WEST-B and WEST-E (Washington Educator Skills Test-Basic and Washington Educator Skills Test-Endorsement, respectively), both of which are prerequisites for ESD-U initial residency certification candidates. Specific information on each test, including when and where you can take them, can be found on the WEST website.

Are there any alternatives to taking the WEST-B?

Applicants seeking admission as an initial residency certification candidate may submit evidence of a score on an assessment deemed of equal rigor by PESB in lieu of the WEST-B, such as the SAT or ACT. Details on what qualifies as an acceptable alternative can be found on PESB’s website.

Are scholarships available?

When available, ESD-U will offer scholarships through the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). If scholarships are available through PESB for earning a residency certificate, limited slots can be applied for.

Retooling candidates can apply for the competitive Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship through PESB if earning an endorsement in a shortage area. ESD-U currently offers two endorsements in shortage areas, ELL and SPED. See PESB website for selection preferences.

Will I earn clock hours for attending ESD-U courses?

Yes. For salary purposes, clock hours earned for ESD-U candidates who hold a Bachelor’s degree will be counted. On the pay scale, 10 clock hours is equal to 1 college credit. Clock hours can be earned by candidates who already hold their residency certificate and those who are in the process of earning their residency certificate.

Will the SPED endorsement I earn through ESD-U be accepted in other states?

Endorsement transfers differ by state. Please see the regulations for the state you are wishing to teach in.

When will summer classes be held?

Depending on instructor availability, courses will be taught between July 16th and August 10th. Each course is approximately 3 days or 24 hours of instruction time. See subject area competencies document (available in Candidate Information and Application section Adding an Endorsement and Initial Residency Certification pages).

Which Saturdays during the school year should I plan to attend classes?

See subject area competencies document (available in Candidate Information and Application section on the Adding an Endorsement and Initial Residency Certification pages).

Candidate Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in ESD-U! If you are interested in applying as a candidate, please fill out the Candidate Interest Form.

Instructor Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in ESD-U! If you are interested in becoming an instructor for the program, please fill out the Instructor Interest Form.

District Needs Assessment Form

Thank you for your interest in ESD-U! We are interested to know the projected areas of need for your district to expand our services to you. Please fill out the Needs Assessment Form online by October 25, 2018. You can also download the form as a PDF.

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Who to Contact

Mike Esping

Director of Educator Effectiveness and Early Career Development

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3412

Email: mike.esping@esd112.org

Alissa Jolly

Secretary II

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3424

Email: alissa.jolly@esd112.org

Chelsea Jacobson

Employment Manager

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3322

Email: chelsea.jacobson@esd112.org

Malena Goerl

Secretary II

Contact

Phone: 360-952-3409

Email: malena.goerl@esd112.org

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