Becoming a Teacher: From Classified to Certificated
The Classified to Certificated Program supports Seattle Public Schools paraprofessional employees who would like to become certificated employees in specific, targeted high-needs areas.
The program includes tuition support and maintenance of employment and benefits throughout the duration of the program.
“Having experience working in schools made starting out as a new teacher much easier. I observed and participated in different classrooms with a variety of teachers and I built a strong and tested philosophy of education. My maturity and background experience is an asset in my teaching, my work with parents and my work with other teachers and staff.”
~ Classified to Certificated Program Graduate
Our Teachers in the News:
Frank Whiten, one of our class-to-cert success stories was featured in the Seattle Times. Read about him by clicking here.
Ready to Get Started?
To begin the Classified to Certificated Program:
- Watch your email for announcements about information sessions for the certification programs. The photo to the right is from a recent info session.
- Consider your readiness for a program including your personal commitments outside of work and school and your current academic skills.
- Communicate with your supervisor and the teachers with whom you work regarding your intent to apply for the Classified to Certificated program. You will need letters of recommendation from those who have seen your work with students.
- Explore the WEST-B (all candidates take this test) and WEST-E/NES tests. (see note below)
- If you will need financial support outside of the district support, explore the Federal Student Aid website.
- If you have foreign transcripts, have them evaluated for equivalency.
Note: Check these website to see if you have taken a WEST-B equivalency test.
Looking for Funding Assistance?
Looking for additional funding/scholarships?
Contact the Financial Aid office at the university you want to attend. Additionally, the WashBoard connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers….for FREE. Create an account online at: theWashBoard.org
The Washington Student Achievement Council has grants for those who are interested in becoming teachers. Please visit their website for further information: http://www.readysetgrad.org/teachers#
Current Program Options