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PDFWAC 181-79A-145

Levels and validity of certificates.

Two levels of certification may be issued.
(1) Initial and continuing certificates: Teachers with program completion dates through August 31, 2000, administrators with program completion dates through August 31, 2004, and educational staff associates with program completion dates through August 31, 2005, will be issued the following levels of certificates. Initial and continuing teachers' certificates after August 31, 2000, initial and continuing principal and program administrator certificates after August 31, 2004, and initial and continuing school counselor and school psychologist certificates after August 31, 2005, will be issued only to previous Washington certificate holders, under WAC 181-79A-123.
(a) Initial certificate.
(i) The initial teacher certificate is valid for four years; the initial administrator certificates are valid for seven years; and the initial educational staff associate certificates are valid for five years. Initial teacher certificates shall be subject to renewal under WAC 181-79A-250(1) and 181-79A-123. Initial administrator certificates shall not be subject to renewal. Beginning September 1, 2020, initial educational staff associate certificates in the roles of school nurse, school occupational therapist, school physical therapist, school speech language pathologist or audiologist, school social worker, and school behavior analyst are subject to renewal.
(ii) Initial administrator and educational staff associate certificate holders shall be issued a continuing certificate if they meet the requirements for such certificate. Initial principal and program administrator certificate holders, and initial school counselor and school psychologist certificate holders shall be issued a residency certificate if their initial certificate has expired or they do not meet the requirements for a continuing certificate.
(b) Continuing certificate. The continuing certificate is valid on a continuing basis as specified in WAC 181-79A-250(2).
(2) Residency and professional certificates: Teachers, administrators, and educational staff associates with program completion dates commencing with the dates indicated below will be issued the following levels of certificates:
(a) Residency certificate. The residency certificate will be issued to teachers beginning September 1, 2000, to principal/program administrators beginning September 1, 2004, and to educational staff associate school counselors and school psychologists no later than September 1, 2005.
(b) Until September 1, 2017, the first issue of a residency certificate for principals, program administrators, and educational staff associates shall be valid until the holder has completed two consecutive years of successful service in the role in Washington with a school district, state-approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students. When the principal, program administrator, or educational staff associate completes two consecutive years of successful service in the role in the state with the same employer, their residency certificate will be reissued with a five-year expiration date; provided, that the second consecutive year of successful service in the role will be considered to be complete for purposes of reissuance if a contract for the third such year has been signed and returned to the employer. Prior to the expiration date, the candidate must earn a professional certificate or meet residency renewal requirements under WAC 181-79A-250.
(c) Beginning September 1, 2017, the first issue of a residency certificate for principals, program administrators, and educational staff associates shall be valid until the holder has completed two years of successful service in the role in Washington with a school district, state-approved private school, or state agency that provides educational services for students, at which time their residency certificate will be reissued with a five-year expiration date. Prior to the expiration date, the candidate must meet residency renewal requirements or earn a second-tier certificate for the role under WAC 181-79A-250.
(d) A first issue residency teacher certificate remains undated until the teacher has two years of successful experience under WAC 181-79A-206, at which time the residency certificate is dated for five years as verified by the certification office of the office of superintendent of public instruction. Prior to the expiration date, the candidate must earn a professional certificate or meet residency renewal requirements under WAC 181-79A-251.
(e) Professional certificate. The professional certificate will be issued to teachers beginning September 1, 2001, to principals/program administrators beginning September 1, 2007, and to educational staff associate school counselors and school psychologists beginning September 1, 2007. The professional certificate is valid for five years and shall be subject to renewal under chapter 181-79A WAC. A professional teacher's certificate based on the possession of a valid teacher's certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards under WAC 181-79A-257 or 181-79A-206 shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater. A professional educational staff associate certificate for school counselors based on the possession of a valid school counselor's certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards National Board Certification under WAC 181-79A-257 or 181-79A-206 shall be valid for five years or until the expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater.
(3) First peoples' language, culture, and oral tribal traditions certificates: The first peoples' language, culture, and oral tribal traditions certificate will be issued beginning in January 2007. The first peoples' language, culture, and oral tribal traditions certificate is valid for five years and shall be subject to renewal under WAC 181-79A-252.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 28A.410 and 28A.413 RCW. WSR 19-15-110, § 181-79A-145, filed 7/22/19, effective 8/22/19. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.220. WSR 17-23-176, § 181-79A-145, filed 11/21/17, effective 12/22/17. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.210. WSR 12-02-027, § 181-79A-145, filed 12/28/11, effective 1/28/12; WSR 11-12-032, § 181-79A-145, filed 5/25/11, effective 6/25/11; WSR 10-16-124, § 181-79A-145, filed 8/3/10, effective 9/3/10; WSR 08-03-100, § 181-79A-145, filed 1/20/08, effective 2/20/08; WSR 07-20-047, § 181-79A-145, filed 9/26/07, effective 10/27/07; WSR 07-12-006, § 181-79A-145, filed 5/24/07, effective 6/24/07; WSR 06-14-010, § 181-79A-145, filed 6/22/06, effective 7/23/06. WSR 06-02-051, recodified as § 181-79A-145, filed 12/29/05, effective 1/1/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. WSR 05-23-042, § 180-79A-145, filed 11/9/05, effective 12/10/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010 and 28A.305.130. WSR 05-15-023, § 180-79A-145, filed 7/7/05, effective 8/7/05. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.401.010 [28A.410.010]. WSR 04-21-040, § 180-79A-145, filed 10/15/04, effective 11/15/04. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 and 28A.410.010. WSR 02-18-037, § 180-79A-145, filed 8/26/02, effective 9/26/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.410.010. WSR 01-09-004, § 180-79A-145, filed 4/5/01, effective 5/6/01; WSR 00-03-048, § 180-79A-145, filed 1/14/00, effective 2/14/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.130 (1) and (2), 28A.410.010 and 28A.150.220(4). WSR 99-01-174, § 180-79A-145, filed 12/23/98, effective 1/23/99.]
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