The Academy for Rising Educators

Bachelor Degree

Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree can Choose a Teaching Certificate or Master’s Degree

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Pathway 3: Earn your teaching certificate

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree who would like to pursue a teacher certification can pursue the City University: Special Education with K-8 Elementary or English learners with K-8 Elementary pathway.

City University teacher certification : Special Education (SPED) with K-8 Elementary or English Learners (EL) with K-8 Elementary pathway.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements : Bachelor’s degree, passing scores on all subtests of WEST-B and NES for both ELL and Special Education endorsements

Coursework : Four quarters

Placement during internship : Any school in SPS

Degrees awarded : Teaching Certificate

Endorsements : Special Education with K-8 Elementary or ELL with K-8 Elementary

District support available : Up to $12,000 per year plus release time for student teaching (if required)

Additional employee benefit : Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a special education or ELL teaching positions in SPS.

For more information , please reach out to the following points of contact:

City U: Steve Brown, brownsd@cityu.edu

Pathway 4: Earn Your Teaching Certificate and Master’s Degree

SPS staff with a bachelor’s degree who would like to pursue a teacher certification AND master’s degree have two options:

Seattle Teacher Residency at University of Washington : Special Education (SPED) with K-8 Elementary or English Learners (EL) with K-8 Elementary

Minimum Eligibility Requirements : Bachelor’s degree, passing scores on all subtests of WEST-B

Coursework : Five quarters and two credits in fall first year of teaching

Placement during internship : SPS Title 1 Schools

Degrees awarded : Masters in Teaching, Teaching Certificate

Endorsements : Special Education with K-8 Elementary or ELL with K-8 Elementary

District support available : Up to $12,000 per year in tuition supports (fall-summer quarter) plus release time for coursework (every Friday and one Tuesday per month)

Additional employee benefit : Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a teaching position at a Title 1 school in SPS.

Seattle Teacher Residency: Michael Nguyen, michaeln@alliance4ed.org

University of Washington Special Education High Incidence Program : Special Education with reading endorsement option.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements : Bachelor’s degree, passing scores on all subtests of WEST-B

Coursework : Six quarters

Placement during internship : Placed in classrooms with identified mentor teachers in SPS

Degrees awarded : Masters of Education, Teaching Certificate

Endorsements : Special Education with reading endorsement option

District support available : Up to $15,000 tuition support per year for two years (total of $30,000) plus access to SPS special education trainings

Additional employee benefit : Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a teaching position in SPS

UW: Dr. Selma Powell, selmap@uw.edu

Become an ARE Future Educator

How to apply:

  1. If you work as an SPS staff member, communicate with your supervisor and the teachers with whom you work regarding your intent to apply for the ARE program(s). You will need letters of recommendation from those who have seen your work with students.
  2. Take the Washington Educator Skills Tests:
  3. Apply to the university pathway that matches your qualifications and desired certification area(s).

WEST-B Equivalent Tests

  • SAT and ACT cut score equivalents
  • Out of state tests may eligible to be submitted in lieu of the WEST-B

Check this website to see if you have taken a WEST-B equivalency test. More information on the WEST-B Alternatives.

Financial Aid

Seattle Public Schools provides tuition support for qualified ARE candidates contingent on which ARE Pathway you are enrolled in. If you will need financial support outside of what the district provides, explore the Federal Student Aid website.

Please use the following resources for additional information about financial aid.

Transcripts from Schools Outside the U.S.

If you have foreign transcripts, have them evaluated for equivalency. One agency is Foundation for International Services.