New OSPI Certification Processing Fee
Due to legislative action, Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1449 (ESHB 1449), a $33 OSPI fee is required for applications submitted October 1, 2011 and after. Please submit an additional thirty-three dollars to cover this fee so your application can continue to be processed."
The newly modified Fee Schedule is included with all applications (paper and online).
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) offers four options for adding an endorsement to your teaching certificate. Endorsements are conferred in conjunction with your teacher certification and specify what subject(s) you're qualified to teach.
Educators may add endorsements to their Washington teaching certificate in one of four ways:
Option #1 - Certificated teachers must complete the following requirements (consult with your college/university for advice on requirements):
Follow the instructions of your college/university. The college/university will submit verification of program completion to OSPI for you.
Option #2 - The subject area or grade level indicated on the National Board Certificate must be comparable to one of the Washington endorsement areas. (See NBPTS exemption). Certificated teachers choosing this option must submit an application to OSPI.
Option #3 - This option is for individuals who hold an endorsement under current guidelines. Click here if you hold an endorsement under previous guidelines.
Certificated teachers choosing Pathway 1 must submit an application to OSPI. For Pathway 2, follow instructions of your college/university, who will submit verification of program completion to OSPI for you.
Option #4 - Educator Retooling Program
Funding for this program is through the Conditional Loan Scholarship program. The conditional scholarship is a loan that is forgiven for teaching service (in the added endorsement area) in a Washington state K-12 public school. The state shall forgive the loan obligation entirely if the recipient teaches in the shortage area endorsement area in a Washington state public school for two years.
This option requires you to complete appropriate content area testing (WEST-E)
Follow instructions of your college/university, who will submit verification of program completion to OSPI for you.
For answers to your certification questions, visit our website or contact our Certification staff.
Please note: Fingerprinting is by appointment only.
Certification and Fingerprinting: Jan Mathsen, Certification Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, (425) 917-7612, (253) 778-7612, 1-800-664-4549 x7612. Linda Guile, Certification Specialist, email@example.com, 425-917-7613, 253-778-7613, 1-800-664-4549 x7613
PSESD Certification Office: 800 Oakesdale Ave. SW Renton, WA 98057-5221. Visit www.psesd.org for directions.
Hours: 7:00 - 5:00, Monday-Thursday (closed 12:30 - 1:00 for lunch)