Classified to Certificated Program

Becoming a Teacher: From Classified to Certificated

teacher and student in the classroomThe Classified to Certificated Program supports Seattle Public Schools paraprofessional employees who would like to become certificated employees in specific, targeted high-needs areas.

The program includes tuition support and maintenance of employment and benefits throughout the duration of the program.

“Having experience working in schools made starting out as a new teacher much easier. I observed and participated in different classrooms with a variety of teachers and I built a strong and tested philosophy of education. My maturity and background experience is an asset in my teaching, my work with parents and my work with other teachers and staff.”

~ Classified to Certificated Program Graduate


Our Teachers in the News:

Frank Whiten, one of our class-to-cert success stories was featured in the Seattle Times. Read about him by clicking here.








Ready to Get Started?

To begin the Classified to Certificated Program:

Classified staff attend presentation

  1. Watch your email for announcements about information sessions for the certification programs. The photo to the right is from a recent info session.
  2. Consider your readiness for a program including your personal commitments outside of work and school and your current academic skills.
  3. Communicate with your supervisor and the teachers with whom you work regarding your intent to apply for the Classified to Certificated program. You will need letters of recommendation from those who have seen your work with students.
  4. Explore the WEST-B (all candidates take this test) and WEST-E/NES tests. (see note below)
  5. If you will need financial support outside of the district support, explore the Federal Student Aid website.
  6. If you have foreign transcripts, have them evaluated for equivalency.

Note: Check these website to see if you have taken a WEST-B equivalency test.

Looking for Funding Assistance?

Looking for additional funding/scholarships?

Contact the Financial Aid office at the university you want to attend. Additionally, the WashBoard connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE. Create an account online at: theWashBoard.org

The Washington Student Achievement Council has grants for those who are interested in becoming teachers. Please visit their website for further information: http://www.readysetgrad.org/teachers#


Current Program Options


School 

 City University  UW  UW  Seattle U
Program Alternative Routes to Education  Seattle Teacher Residency Special Education High Incidence Program  Digital Technology and Cultures 
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Bachelor’s degree, passing scores on all subtests of WEST-B and NES tests for both endorsements  Bachelor’s degree and passing scores on all subtests of WEST-B  Bachelor’s degree and passing scores on all subtests of WEST-B  Transferrable AA degree
Coursework 4 quarters  5 quarters + 2 credits in Fall 1st year teaching  6 quarters  9 quarters 
Placement During Internship Any school in SPS  At Title I School TBD by STR  Identified mentor teachers in SPS  Identified mentor teachers in SPS 
Degree Awarded Teacher certification only  Masters in Teaching  Masters of Education  Bachelors in Digital Technology and Cultures
Endorsements SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary  SPED w/K-8 Elementary or ELL w/K-8 Elementary  Special Education w/reading endorsement option  K-8 Elementary w/ELL  
District Support Available First quarter tuition paid by employee, then full tuition support for remainder of program plus release time for student teaching (if required)  First quarter tuition paid by employee, then 50% tuition support (fall – summer quarter) plus release time for coursework (every Friday and one Tuesday per month)  Up to $15,000 tuition support/year for 2-years (total $30,000) plus access to SPS special education trainings  Up to $10,000 per year for 2 years plus release time for internship (if required) 
Additional Employee Benefit  Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a special education or ELL teaching position in Seattle Public Schools  Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a teaching position at a Title I school in Seattle Public Schools  Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a teaching position in Seattle Public Schools  Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a teaching position in Seattle Public Schools (if elementary, must be in Title I, ELL can be at any school) 
For more information Steve Brown
brownsd@cityu.edu 
Michael Nguyen
michaeln@alliance4ed.org 
Selma Powell
selmap@uw.edu 
Bob Hughes
rhughes@seattleu.edu 

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