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    A professional growth plan (PGP) is a plan an educator intends to implement for growth over the coming year. Educators strive to instill a sense of "life-long learning" in the students they work with, and this is a natural extension of that philosophy. By working towards the "career level" benchmarks of the educator standards for the appropriate role, an educator is expected to continue to grow professionally while becoming more proficient in knowledge and skills already developed.

    The PGP for Certification Renewal is different in scope and intent than past iterations of professional growth plans which may have included an affective area for growth. The learning and development of the educator should roughly be of the same rigor and relevance of comparable college-level coursework.

    The PGP for Certification Renewal is also different from the PGP for ProTeach completion.



    Professional Growth Plan (PGP) Templates


    Form 1697 PGP for Certification Renewal -- to be used by all certified educators renewing a certificate via professional growth plans. An individual holding multiple certificates does not need to complete separate PGPs for each certificate held. One PGP counts towards renewal requirements for all certificates held. 


    Form 1698 PGP for Program Completion -- to be used by candidates for program completion requirements whether at the Residency or the ProCert program level. This form is similar to the template used for certification renewal so that candidates will be familiar with it upon entering the educator workforce. 

    Certification Renewal Requirements

    • Administrators with a Professional level certificate have always been required to complete four PGPs during the five-year validity of their certificate. 

    Completion of four annual PGPs during the five-year validity of a certificate meets renewal requirements for Professional level and Continuing level certificates.

    An educator may choose to apply the growth activities associated with their focused evaluation toward the PGP for Certification Renewal requirements. 

    • For Professional level certificates issued after September 1, 2014 for Teachers, Administrators, School Counselors and School Psychologists the only option for renewing the certificate is by completing four annual PGPs during the five-year validity dates of the certificate. 
      • WAC 181-79A-251
      • This is the biggest change / difference for certification renewal


    For Professional level certificates issued prior to September 1, 2014 for Teachers, School Counselors and School Psychologists there are four options for renewing the certificate. WAC 181-79A-251. These options have been in place and signify no change or difference to renewal.
    • Continue to use 150 clock hours or equivalent college credit for renewal.
    • Or, renew by completing four annual PGPs during the five-year validity date of the certificate
    • Or, renew by combining completed annual PGPs with clock hours for a total of 150 hours. (e.g. 3 PGPs + 60 CH = 150 CH)
    • Or, by possession of a valid certificate issued by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, or the National Association of School Psychologists

    Continuing level certificate holders have four options for renewing the certificate. WAC 181-85-075. There are no changes to these renewal requirements.
    • Continue to use 150 clock hours or equivalent college credit for renewal.
    • Or, renew by completing four annual PGPs during the five-year validity date of the certificate
    • Or, renew by combining completed annual PGPs with clock hours for a total of 150 hours. (e.g. 3 PGPs + 60 CH = 150 CH)
    • Or, by possession of a valid certificate issued by National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, or the National Association of School Psychologists

    Additional Certification Renewal Requirements -- including STEM-related subject areas, and principal training on the evaluation system.

    Residency level certificates are renewed leading to the completion of a ProTeach, ProCert program, or National Board Certification.

    Initial level certificates  must progress to the Continuing level by the requirements of the appropriate certificated role.

    National Board Certified educators renew their Professional level certificate through maintaining a valid National Board certificate. 

    Standard Certificates issued prior to 1987 are not affected because they do not need to renew their certificate. These are the undated, un-endorsed “lifetime,” “golden ticket,” certificates.