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Teacher residency and professional certificationRenewal and reinstatement.

(1) Residency certificates shall be renewed under one of the following options:
(a) Individuals who hold, or have held, residency certificates have the following options for renewal:
(i) One hundred continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC, or four annual professional growth plans as defined in WAC 181-79A-030, completed within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
Subsequent five-year renewals shall be issued based on completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours since the issue date of the latest five-year residency teacher renewal certificate or four professional growth plans developed since the certificate was issued. Completion of four annual professional growth plans during each five-year period between subsequent lapse dates meets the requirement for renewal. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
The professional growth plans must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and career level benchmarks defined in WAC 181-79A-207 for teachers.
For educators holding multiple certificates in chapter 181-85 or 181-79A WAC, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator or educational staff associate shall meet the requirements for all certificates held by an individual per this chapter.
Individuals may apply their focused evaluation professional growth activities of the evaluation system toward the professional growth plan for certificate renewal.
Until June 30, 2018, individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours. Beginning July 1, 2018, individuals who complete an annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of twenty-five continuing education credit hours.
Provided, application for subsequent renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the expiration date of the current renewal.
Expired five-year residency teacher renewal certificates may be renewed with completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application or by completing four professional growth plans as defined in WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
An expired certificate may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour or professional growth plan requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application.
Candidates who apply for the five-year residency teacher renewal certificate who have not successfully completed course work or an in-service program on issues of abuse, must complete the abuse course work requirement as defined in WAC 181-79A-030(6) and required per RCW 28A.410.2212.
Continuing education for teachers at the elementary and secondary levels in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related subjects must include a specific focus on the integration of STEM instruction as per RCW 28A.410.2212. This renewal requirement applies to the following endorsement areas: Elementary education; early childhood education; middle level mathematics and science; secondary mathematics and science; the designated secondary sciences; technology; and career and technical education. Applications for certificate renewal dated September 1, 2019, and beyond must demonstrate completion of at least fifteen continuing education credit hours with an emphasis on the integration of STEM. This requirement is considered to be met by holders of a valid National Board Certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
(ii) Individuals who have attempted and failed the professional certificate assessment are eligible for a two-year renewal.
(iii) Individuals who have not been employed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the dated, three-year residency certificate may receive a two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio or they will complete assessment for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Individuals not employed as a teacher may permit their certificate to lapse until such time they register for the professional certificate assessment, or the National Board Certification.
(iv) Individuals whose three- or five-year residency certificate has lapsed may receive a two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certificate assessment or assessment for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: Provided, That teachers holding certificates expiring in 2014, 2015, or 2016 who have completed the available sections for the National Board Teacher Certificate may receive an additional two-year renewal in 2016 or 2017 to complete the assessment.
(b) A residency certificate expires after the first renewal if the candidate has not registered for and submitted a portfolio assessment prior to June 30th of the expiration year, to achieve the professional certificate, Provided: When the first two-year residency teacher renewal certificate expires, teachers have three renewal options:
(i) Individuals who were employed but failed the professional certification assessment, may receive a second two-year renewal;
(ii) Individuals who were unemployed or employed less than full-time as a teacher during the first two-year renewal may permit their certificate to lapse. Upon contracting to return to a teacher role, individuals may apply for a final, second two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will register and submit a uniform assessment portfolio for the professional certification assessment;
(iii) An individual who completes a National Board Certification assessment but does not earn National Board Certification, may use that completed assessment to apply for a final, second two-year renewal by submitting an affidavit to the certification office confirming that they will complete and submit their scores from the assessment for National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or register and submit the Washington uniform assessment portfolio as per this section, WAC 181-79A-251.
(2) Teacher professional certificate.
(a) Individuals who hold a professional teacher certificate may have that certificate renewed for additional five-year periods by the completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours as defined in chapter 181-85 WAC or by completing four professional growth plans annually during the period in which the certificate is valid as defined in WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
Provided, application for renewals shall not be submitted earlier than twelve months prior to the expiration date of the current renewal.
Expired certificates may be renewed with completion of one hundred continuing education credit hours within the previous five years from the date of the five-year renewal application or by completing four professional growth plans as defined in WAC 181-79A-030. Individuals completing fewer than four annual professional growth plans must complete necessary continuing education credits needed to be the equivalent of one hundred clock hours.
An expired professional certificate may be renewed for an additional five-year period by presenting evidence to the superintendent of public instruction of completing the continuing education credit hour or professional growth plan requirement within the five years prior to the date of the renewal application. All continuing education credit hours shall relate to one of the three standards: Effective instruction, professional contributions or professional development.
(b) Individuals may apply their focused evaluation professional growth activities of the evaluation system toward the professional growth plan for certificate renewal.
(c) Until June 30, 2018, individuals who complete the requirements of the annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of thirty hours of continuing education credit hours. Beginning July 1, 2018, individuals who complete an annual professional growth plan to renew their professional certificate shall receive the equivalent of twenty-five continuing education credit hours.
(d) The professional growth plans must document formalized learning opportunities and professional development activities that relate to the standards and "career level" benchmarks defined in WAC 181-79A-207.
(e) Beginning September 1, 2014, continuing education or professional growth plans for teachers at the elementary and secondary levels in STEM-related subjects must include a specific focus on the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction as per RCW 28A.410.2212. This renewal requirement applies to the following endorsement areas: Elementary education; early childhood education; middle level mathematics and science; secondary mathematics and science; the designated secondary sciences; technology; and career and technical education endorsements. Applications for certificate renewal dated September 1, 2019, and beyond must demonstrate completion of at least fifteen continuing education credit hours, or at least one goal from an annual professional growth plan, with an emphasis on the integration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This requirement is for all professional teacher certificate holders regardless of date of issuance of the first professional certificate. This requirement is considered to be met by holders of a valid National Board Certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
(f) Provided, That a professional certificate may be renewed based on the possession of a valid teaching certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards at the time of application for the renewal of the professional certificate. Such renewal shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater. Such renewal is only available one time during the validity period of the National Board Certificate and cannot be the same National Board Certificate used to obtain the professional certificate.
(g) For educators holding multiple certificates in WAC 181-79A-251, 181-79A-2510, 181-79A-2511, or 181-79A-2512, or in chapter 181-85 WAC, a professional growth plan for teacher, administrator, or education staff associate shall meet the requirement for all certificates held by an individual which is affected by this section.
(h) Provided, as per RCW 28A.410.278(2) beginning September 1, 2016, in-service training, continuing education, or professional growth plans shall incorporate professional development on the revised teacher and principal evaluation systems under RCW 28A.405.100 as a requirement for renewal of continuing or professional level certificates. Applications for certificate renewal dated September 1, 2019, and beyond for all teachers must document completion of at least fifteen clock hours, or at least one goal from an annual professional growth plan, related to knowledge and competency of the teacher and principal evaluation criteria or system.
This requirement is considered met by holders of a valid National Board Certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.220. WSR 17-23-176, § 181-79A-251, filed 11/21/17, effective 12/22/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. WSR 16-24-029, § 181-79A-251, filed 11/30/16, effective 12/31/16; WSR 16-07-103, § 181-79A-251, filed 3/18/16, effective 4/18/16; WSR 15-20-059, § 181-79A-251, filed 10/1/15, effective 11/1/15; WSR 14-24-057, § 181-79A-251, filed 11/25/14, effective 12/26/14; WSR 14-16-105, § 181-79A-251, filed 8/6/14, effective 9/6/14; WSR 14-09-121, § 181-79A-251, filed 4/23/14, effective 5/24/14; WSR 13-16-081, § 181-79A-251, filed 8/6/13, effective 9/6/13; WSR 13-11-072, § 181-79A-251, filed 5/16/13, effective 6/16/13; WSR 13-04-082, § 181-79A-251, filed 2/5/13, effective 3/8/13; WSR 12-18-005, § 181-79A-251, filed 8/23/12, effective 9/23/12; WSR 12-07-076, § 181-79A-251, filed 3/20/12, effective 4/20/12; WSR 10-16-124, § 181-79A-251, filed 8/3/10, effective 9/3/10.]
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