New Educator Preparation Programs

Any agency that wishes to offer an educator preparation program in Washington State must be approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board. Agencies that offer educator preparation programs can include but are not limited to community colleges, universities, educational service districts, and community-based organizations. There are also many different types of educator preparation programs - programs for teachers, administrators, educational staff associates (ESAs), professional certificate programs for administrators, and superintendents. 

Many already approved educator preparation programs may also wish to add an alternative route to certification to their program, which is a non-traditional teacher preparation program that operates as a partnership between a teacher preparation program and one or more school districts (read more about alternative route programs here).  Or, an already approved educator preparation program may also be interested in adding an endorsement(s).  Whatever your situation is, read more below and follow the link to determine your next steps towards approval

Instructions for Submitting Your Proposal


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Due Dates:
Draft proposals are due at least 60 days in advance of the PESB Board Meeting that you wish to bring your proposal for consideration.  For upcoming proposal due dates, see below.  After you submit your proposal, a staff team will review to determine readiness to go to the board.  Staff will provide feedback and programs will have 2-3 weeks to integrate the feedback and submit the final proposal to go before the Board.
 Board Meetings   Final Draft Proposals Due
 Sept. 21-22, 2017  July 21, 2017
 Nov. 21-22, 2017  Sept. 15, 2017
 Jan. 11-12, 2018  Nov. 10, 2017
 March 15-16, 2018  Jan. 12, 2018