Residency Teacher Certificate

The “Residency Certificate (First Issue)” is the name of the teaching certificate you will earn in your WWU teacher preparation program. It will be issued to you by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instructions (OSPI) after all Washington State and Woodring program requirements have been completed. This is the license that allows you to teach in the state of Washington.

Your teaching certificate will list one or more endorsements indicating the grade level and subject you are authorized to teach, such as Elementary Education, Special Education, Chemistry, Visual Arts, etc. You may find a list of the requirements for each endorsement on the WCE endorsement page.

If you want to become a teacher, visit our teacher education admissions page.

Certification Process

At the completion of your Woodring Teacher Preparation Program - when you have completed all certification requirements - the Woodring Certification Office will recommend you to OSPI for a Residency Teacher Certificate.  At that time the Woodring Certification Office will send you an email to apply for their Residency certificate through the OSPI E-Certification system.