Teaching Degrees in Washington

If you are seeking a teaching degree in Washington, you’ll want to keep in mind some important information, including:

  • The impact of a master’s degree
  • Scholarships and grants
  • Washington teacher certification

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully- accredited teaching degrees in Washington.

Teaching Degrees in Washington

There are six accredited teaching degree programs offered through colleges and universities in Washington. Newly graduated teachers in Washington earn $35,018; the overall average salary is $52,567. Master’s-level teachers account for 60.7 percent of educators, and earn on average $5,000 more per year than their bachelor-level counterparts.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Washington

There are many options for grants and scholarships in Washington. These include:

Child Care Aware of Washington-WA Scholarship for Child Care Professional
This comprehensive scholarship program seeks to enhance the professional skills in early childhood education for Washington teachers and child care providers.

Future Teachers of Color Promise Scholarship
This award targeting minority educators provides $1,500 a year and can be renewed for a second year.

TEACH Grant of Washington
The federal Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program provides awards of up to $4000 per year, to a maximum of $8,000. Requirements include an agreement to teach full-time in an area of high need, in a low-income school. This teaching must be done in four consecutive years within eight years of receiving the grant.

Washington State University-College of Education
The financial aid portal for Washington State University’s college of education has links and info regarding 5 Teaching Scholarships

Woodring College of Education
The portal page for the Western Washington University’s education department includes information on 53 Teaching Scholarships.

Washington Teacher Certification

A teaching degree in Washington requires at least completion of a bachelor’s level program. Other certification requirements include:

  • Completion an approved and accredited teacher preparation program
  • Criminal background checks and child abuse clearances
  • Successful completion of the WEST competency exam

Washington has several levels of certification available. These include Initial, Continuing, Residency and Professional. Each has its own length of validity and guidelines for license renewal. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has detailed information regarding each license and what is required to renew and/or advance to a higher level.

For those who have degrees other than from an approved education program, Washington State offers four alternative certification routes, two of which are for people already employed in a school system. Alternative Route programs work with individual school districts to identify core subject areas of need. Specifics are available on the website for the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board.

Armed forces veterans pursuing a career in teaching can use the Troops to Teachers program to achieve this goal.

Important Note: Washington accepts teaching credentials from out-of-state on a case-by-case basis, if the credentials are at least equivalent to the state’s requirements. The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction has information regarding specific situations.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Washington

The following resources provide additional information relevant to obtaining a teaching degree in Washington and maintaining this status.

Washington Professional Standards Board
The Washington Professional Standards Board has extensive and detailed information on approved teacher education programs, as well as alternative certification programs.

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Washington OSPI has a wealth of information regarding teacher certification in Washington State, including renewal of the various teaching licenses.

Washington Department of Education
Website of the state DoE, which has a mission to lead education policies, procedures, and provide oversight to educational institutions and educators.

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