Character and Fitness

Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness must be provided upon admission to the following educator certification programs:

  • Residency Teacher
  • Residency Educational Staff Associate / School Counselor
  • Residency Principal (candidates who do not hold a valid Washington State certificate)
  • Initial Superintendent (candidates who do not hold a valid Washington State certificate)


Character and fitness is established through two separate but related processes and maintained through certification:

  • Pre-Residency Clearance Application. To be completed through the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) E-Cert application. Any reportable incidents must be fully disclosed and documentation provided. The Pre-Residency Clearance is valid for two years, however if your answer to any question on this webform changes prior to certification notify the Woodring Certification Office immediately.
    • Create a Profile on E-Cert.  Before you can complete a "Pre-Residency Clearance Application," create an account in the OSPI Education Data System (EDS) and confirm or edit your educator profile.


Clearance by the OSPI Office of Professional Practices

Incidents reported through these two processes are investigated by the OSPI Office of Professional Practices. No student may participate in a University-sponsored activity in the public schools until cleared by the Washington State Patrol record check, and if applicable, investigated and cleared by OSPI. Clearance by OSPI is valid for two years and must be maintained until program completion and recommendation for certification.

Other Evidence of Character and Fitness

Students must abide by their program's conduct policies. Toward the end of a Residency candidate’s program and prior to recommendation for the first certificate, the Dean of Woodring College of Education is required by Washington Administrative Code to sign an affidavit affirming that faculty and staff "have no knowledge related to the applicant’s character and fitness that would adversely affect the applicant’s ability to serve in a certificated role."