Residency to the Professional Certificate
accordance with the performance-based system created by the Washington
State Legislature, teachers certified after September 1, 2000 begin
their careers with a Residency Certificate (valid for five years) and
then move to the Professional Certificate after successful completion of
an approved Professional Certificate program.
Kitsap School District has formed a partnership with Pacific Lutheran
University to provide Residency Certificated teachers with an
in-district option for obtaining a Professional Teacher Certificate.
National Board Certified in-district teachers, adjunct professors for
PLU, conduct the classes. Classes will center on the development of the
Professional Growth Plan as well as assist in forming the Professional
Why choose this program?
program provides an in-district option that may reduce the distance a
candidate must drive to take the necessary coursework. The instructors
are accessible to assist the candidates throughout the process and
opportunity is provided for networking with other teachers in the
district. In addition, a highlight of this in-district program is our
partnership with the NKEA to provide this advantage to our district
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Who needs it?
Teachers who hold a Residency Teacher Certificate, which went into effect in 2000,
2. When can I start a Professional Teacher Certificate program?
The Pre-Assessment Seminar can be taken following one year of contracted teaching with a public or private school.
3. Once I have my Residency Teacher Certificate, how long do I have to obtain the Professional Certificate?
Residency Certificate is valid for five years. If you have not
completed requirements for the Professional Certificate during that
five-year period, you may renew your Residency Certificate once, for a
two-year period, if the college/university in whose program you are
enrolled verifies that you are making satisfactory progress in the
If you have not completed provisional status with a school district,
and thus cannot be admitted to a Professional Certificate program, you
may renew your Residency Certificate once, for a five-year period, upon
completion of fifteen quarter (ten semester) credits since the issuance
of the Residency Certificate.
c) Any other renewal would require an appeal to the State Board of Education.
4. How long does a Professional Certificate program take to complete? ·
program will usually take one or two years to complete (depending on
coursework and other components of your Professional Growth Plan).
5. Who do I contact for more information?