Professional Certification Federal Disclosures

One of the reporting obligations that Western meets to keep its students well informed is to provide a information on how our programs leading to licensure or certification does or does not meet licensure or certification requirements in other states.

Teacher Certification

Western Washington University teacher education and school counseling programs lead to full certification and are approved by the state of Washington. Beyond completion of our program, other licensure requirements may include Washington state-specific examinations and coursework, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting requirements, etc. Candidates who complete Western Washington University’s state-approved preparation programs for teachers, administrators, and school counselors will be recommended to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for licensure upon meeting all requirements for certification.

Western Washington University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a Western Washington University program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Additional information regarding reciprocity and which states will accept Washington’s certificates can be found online: https://www.ecs.org/teacher-license-reciprocity-state-profiles/. A list of each state’s licensing board and contact information can be found here. If you have questions around obtaining a teaching certificate in Washington and/or its transferability to other states, please contact the Director of Certification, Peter Johnson, for more information.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The WWU program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling does not meet state requirements in Maryland. Western Washington University has not determined whether its program meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification.