Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification

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Priority Deadline: May 1st, 2019

Admission Deadline: May 15th, 2019  

Seattle University is approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board to offer Alternative Route 1 and 2 for paraprofessionals. We also offer Route 4 for educators with a bachelor's degree who are employed by a school district at the time of application and hold a conditional teaching or emergency substitute certificate.

In responsive partnerships with our candidates, schools, districts and educational organizations, these Alternative Routes to Residency Certification with ELL (English Language Learners) Endorsement support the 21st Century classroom. Through culturally responsive and sustaining practices, student-centered pedagogy, and building classroom community, these programs support educators to implement high leverage, researched based practices to ensure all students needs are met.

In partnership with the School of New and Continuing Studies, College of Education is offering a hybrid  Alternative Routes to Residency Certification with ELL Endorsement for paraprofessionals. All courses will be online with synchronized meetings 2-3 times a week and occasional Saturdays. 

Students with transferable A.A. may enroll in Route 1 to complete their B.A. in Digital Technology and Cultures. This degree allows students to gain valuable digital skills while exploring what it means to be human in the digital age.

If you already have your B.A. from a regionally accredited school, a passing score on the state basic skills exam and at least one year of teaching experience, paraprofessionals may enroll in Route 2 residency certification with ELL endorsement.

If you are already employed in the district on a conditional or emergency substitute certificate, you can enroll in Route 4 . Alternative Route 4 is designed for individuals with baccalaureate degrees and are employed in a district.

These hybrid programs will start with an orientation on June 22th, 2019. The classes are held in synchronous sessions online in the evenings and occasional Saturdays. Additional asynchronous learning engagement is required via Canvas. These programs include professional learning community, video coaching, preparation for the edTPA exam, and a mentored internship program with a faculty supervisor. 

We welcome all paraprofessionals in Washington State, especially from Bellevue, Clover Park, Edmonds, Federal Way, Lake Washington, Seattle, and Shoreline Public Schools.  


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