Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification/Educator Retooling

The Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification program is designed to help school districts recruit teachers in subject matter and geographic shortage areas. In return for conditional scholarships, participants agree to teach in specified subject or geographic shortage areas in Washington K-12 public schools. The Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) determines the shortage areas and selects the recipients. The Washington Student Achievement Council administers the program.

For additional Alternative Routes details, please visit the PESB website.

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship program provides conditional loan scholarships to Washington State certified teachers who seek to add an endorsement in a subject or geographic shortage area. The state Legislature recently amended the law governing the program to expand coverage to more shortage areas. The 2016-17 Retooling application deadlines are September 23, 2016; January 6, 2017; and April 28, 2017.

For additional Retooling details, including eligibility criteria and application instructions, please visit the PESB website.

For more information about the Alternative Routes and Educator Retooling programs, contact:

Alexandra Manuel
Director, Educator Pathways
Professional Educator Standards Board