Alternative Routes to Certification


ESD-U is an alternative pathway to certification that supports a “grow your own” partnership with local districts. This residency-based teaching certification program offers Route 2, 3, and 4, as well as a “retooling” route for currently certified teachers seeking to add an endorsement.

NEW! Paraeducator & Explorer Program (PEP)

Refer to the PEP flier for general information. More details on what it is, who it’s for, and how to apply will be posted soon!

Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) sessions for paraeducators!

ESD-U and ESD 112 will be hosting FCS sessions. Refer to the FCS flier (link) for details and register on (link)

Welcome to ESD-U

2022-2023 Spots Still Available!

  • Paraeducators, career changers, emergency substitutes & conditionally certified teachers can view the 22-23 Application Link & Materials found here.
  • Currently certified teachers adding an endorsement can view the 22-23 Application Link & Materials found here.

ESD-U Interest Survey

Thank you for your interest in ESD-U! Please fill out the ESD-U Interest Survey if you are interested in applying, or would like to be added to our email list to receive program updates.