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    Becoming a Teacher: 

    teacher and student in the classroomThe Academy for Rising Educators Program supports Seattle Public Schools recent high school graduates and 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.”

    ~ Program Graduate

    Information Sessions have been scheduled! If you are interested in learning more about the program, please attend one of the following dates, and RSVP by clicking here.

    If you are interested in ARE and not able to attend any information session, please reach out to Kenderick O. Wilson (K.O.). 


    ARE Presentation Locations



    Rainier Beach High School Library


    4:30-6 p.m.

    JSCEE 2700


    5-6:30 p.m.

    Roosevelt High School Library


    4:30-6 p.m.

    JSCEE Auditorium


    5-7 p.m.

    Our Teachers in the News:

    screenshot of article on Seattle Times website

    Frank Whiten, one of our Class-to-Cert success stories was featured in the Seattle Times.

    Ready to Get Started?

    To begin the Academy for Rising Educators Program:

    Classified staff attend presentation

    1. High school students, click here for more information on a special pathway for you! 
    2. Watch your email for announcements about information sessions for the certification programs. The photo to the right is from a recent info session.
    3. Attend an information session to learn more about the different options available to you.
    4. Consider your readiness for a program including your personal commitments outside of work and school and your current academic skills.
    5. Communicate with your supervisor and the teachers with whom you work regarding your intent to apply for the Academy for Rising Educators program. You will need letters of recommendation from those who have seen your work with students.
    6. Explore the WEST-B and WEST-E/NES tests (see note below). Consider a WEST-B test preparation session.
    7. If you will need financial support outside of the district support, explore the Federal Student Aid website.
    8. If you have foreign transcripts, have them evaluated for equivalency. One agency is Foundation for International Services.
    9. Apply to the university program (described below) that matches your qualifications and desired certification area(s).
    10. After acceptance into the university program, Seattle Public Schools will contact you to complete the Classified to Certificated Program Application. 

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

    Looking for Funding Assistance?

    Looking for additional funding/scholarships outside of or in addition to district support?
    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.

    The Washington Student Achievement Council has grants for those who are interested in becoming teachers. Please visit their website for further information:

    Current Program Options

    ARE Pathways