The Residency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certificate (First Issue) endorsed in the role of School Counselor is issued by OSPI upon verification by the Woodring Certification Office that these requirements are met:
- A master's degree with a major in counseling, earned through a regionally accredited college or university.
- Evidence of good moral character and personal fitness.
- Successful completion of the WWU Residency School Counselor Program including coursework, a faculty supervised practicum, a supervised internship in the schools, a written comprehensive exam, and a draft professional growth plan.
- Contact the Woodring Certification Office for information on the certificate application process and fee.
The first issue Residency certificate is valid until the school counselor has completed two consecutive ears of service in the role with one employer, and signed a contract for a third year. Apply for a Residency ESA Reissuance through OSPI E-Certification. The timeline for earning a Professional certificate begins with the reissued Residency certificate, which is valid for five years.
Residency school counselors may permit their reissued Residency certificate to lapse, and/or renew the certificate in one of the following ways as illustrated in this timeline.
- Apply for a two year Residency Renewal upon admission to the WWU Professional Certification Program. Contact the Woodring Certification Office for information on the certificate application process and fee. Or, apply to another Washington State Professional Certification Program.
- If not serving in the role, apply for a five year Residency Renewal through OSPI E-Certification. upon completion of 15 quarter credits (10 semester) of college course work related to the state performance-based standards.
The second tier Professional ESA Certificate endorsed in the role of School Counselor is issued after the following requirements are met, and application is made through OSPI E-Certification.
- Successful completion of the WWU Professional Certification Program; or another Washington State Professional Certification Program; or certification in the role through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
- Completion of coursework in issues of abuse as required by WAC 181-79A-030(9).
- Beginning July 1, 2015, completion of an approved training program on youth suicide prevention as required by RCW 28A.410.226.
The Professional certificate is renewed every five years on this basis:
- ProCert first issued prior to 9/2014: 150 clock hours or equivalent related to the current performance-based standards, or four annual professional growth plans (PGPs), over the five year validity term.
- ProCert first issued 9/1/2014 or later; serving in the role: four annual PGPs equivalent to 30 clock hours each over the five year validity term.
- ProCert first issued 9/1/2014 or later; serving in the role a portion of the time: combination of clock hours or equivalent as defined above and PGPs totaling 150 clock hours, over the five year validity term.
- Not serving in the role during the five year term: 150 clock hours or equivalent as defined above over the five year validity term.
- Valid school counselor certificate issued by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The renewal is valid for five years or until expiration of the National Board Certificate, whichever is greater.
- One time renewal option of using 150 clock hours or equivalent as defined above in lieu of PGPs, through June 30, 2020.
- Beginning July 1, 2015: youth suicide prevention training as required by RCW 28A.410.226, if not completed for issuance of the Professional ESA certificate.
- Professional Educator Standards Board Resource