WA Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions for Completers of the Master of Arts in Teaching, English Program
Note: To be eligible for recommendation by the WGU Certification Office, students pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching degree must have marks of Pass on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments. This includes all program-required Praxis exams and Washington-required exams.
Because WGU’s Master of Arts in Teaching, English (5-12) program is state-approved in Utah, but not Washington, you can apply for your Washington Residency Teacher certificate as an out-of-state applicant by following these steps:
Step 1: You must have completed and cleared a Washington State Patrol/ FBI background check within the past two years. If you have questions on the expiration date of your clearance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Download Washington Form 4020E: Verification of Program Completion and Character. Fill out Section A. Then, send the form to WGU’s Certification Office via e-mail at email@example.com or fax to 1-801-401-7961. Please include your WGU Student ID in your e-mail or on the fax cover page. WGU’s Certification Office will complete the form and return it to you as an e-mail attachment for upload to your E-Certification application.
Step 3: If you have not done so earlier, create an account in the Washington Education Data System (EDS) portal. Wait at least 15 minutes, then click on "My Applications" and locate "E-Certification" from the application list. Enter E-Certification and be sure your profile information is correct, especially your Social Security number. You may wish to consult the login instruction sheet for additional assistance with creating an account.
Step 4: Continue to apply for your Residency Teacher certificate online by following the instructions provided by Washington OSPI.