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.
Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification 2019 Flyer - SU- Click to download
This application is only for applicants who are currently paraprofessionals with a Bachelors degree, Washington Alternative Teacher Certification Route 2 and 4.
If you are a paraprofessional with an Associates degree, please apply online at: ncs.seattleu.edu
All application materials (listed below) must be received for full consideration. Applications are reviewed in the order they are received until the program closes. You’ll be notified if you’ve been accepted, waitlisted or not accepted within two weeks of submitting your application. Applications will be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis only. The following admission documents are required. Please mail all required documents and application (1-5) to the address below. Applications cannot be reviewed until all materials have been received. It is suggested to mail materials with a tracking number. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure our office has received all required materials.
West B alternatives and cut off scores: https://www.pesb.wa.gov/preparation-programs/assessments/basic-skills-assessment-west-b/west-b-alternatives/
If you have any questions regarding the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-296-2147.
Click to download: AltRoute - Application Process