Residency Teacher Certificate
ESD-U Program Scholarship
For the 2020-2021 cohort, 30 scholarships for up to $5000 will be available for Route 2, Route 3, and Route 4 candidates through the ESD-U Program grant awarded by PESB. These scholarships will be awarded to candidates based on district needs. More information about these scholarships will be provided at informational sessions, and throughout the application process.
Routes to Certification
ESD-U is a residency-based, flexible program that offers Route 2, 3, and 4 alternative routes 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: Individuals with baccalaureate degrees who are currently employed classified instructional staff working with the district for at least one year, and are seeking a residency teacher certificate with endorsements in a locally determined shortage area.
- Route 3: Individuals with baccalaureate degrees who are not employed in the district at the time of application or who are currently employed by a district but have been working with the district for less than one year at the time of application, and are seeking a residency teacher certificate with endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
- Route 4: Individuals with baccalaureate degrees for whom the district will secure a conditional or emergency substitute certificate and employ as teacher of record while seeking a residency teacher certificate with endorsements in a locally-determined shortage area.
See Steps for Candidacy for a timeline of the program.
Areas of Certification
- English Language Learners/Reading*
- English Language Learners/Elementary Education*
- Special Education/Reading*
- Special Education/Elementary Education*
- Elementary Education
*Please note that starting with the 2019-2020 cohort, residency teacher certificates with endorsements in SPED or ELL must be dually endorsed in a second area of certification. Refer to PESB’s Dual Endorsement FAQ for more details. In future years, ESD-U may offer additional endorsement areas based on district partner requests. See Endorsement Pathways Diagram for prerequisites and program details for the area of certification you wish to pursue.
The Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) requires Route 2, 3, and 4 alternative route candidates to take the basic skills test and endorsement test prior to starting the program. In Washington State, these tests are the Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST) and National Evaluation Series (NES).
Refer to our WEST & NES Information & Resources document for more information about what is expected of ESD-U applicants in regards to this requirement. Specific information for each test, including when and where you can take them, can be found on the WEST website.
ESD-U requests that all prerequisite test scores be submitted by the application deadline of May 1. To ensure meeting this deadline, we recommend taking the tests as early as possible.
ESD-U is hosting test preparation courses for the WEST-E SPED test. Attendance is optional and not required for applying to ESD-U or taking the WEST-E Special Education test. Registration is $30.00 and since space is limited, priority will be given to individuals who are current candidates of ESD-U or who have submitted their ESD-U application for the 2020-2021 cohort.