Washington State Personnel Standards

Audiologist

License/Certificate Audiologist License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Audiologist.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Supervised clinical practicum listed as a requirement (as part of training program), but hours not specified.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Pass the nationally recognized audiology examination; or 2. Official verification of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Clinical Competency Certifications (CCCs), American Board of Audiology (ABA), American Academy of Audiology (AAA) sent directly from ASHA, ABA, or AAA;
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. Schoo Audiologist 2. Degree - Must have completed all course work (except special project or thesis) for a master's degree with a major in audiology. The course work must be from a college or university program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) 3. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the ESA; and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements; or candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school speech language pathologist or audiologist; or 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required. 4. Exam - Must have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of a regionally accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 20330, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialist

License/Certificate Residency Certificate with Special Education Deaf Education Endorsement
State Department Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Department Hyperlink http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/NotCertified.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range PreK - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework For endorsements, teachers must have completed related methods coursework in the specific endorsement area(s).
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Field Experience/Internship: For endorsements, teachers must have completed a supervised practicum which included teaching in the specific endorsement area(s). Hours not indicated.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Washington Educator Skills Test Basic (WEST-B) (Score of 240) 2. Washington Educator Skills Test--Endorsement (WEST-E) Early Childhood Special Education (Score of 240)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary 1. Alternative Routes for Classified Staff who hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution; 2. Alternative route for individuals teaching with conditional certificates.

Early Childhood Educator

License/Certificate Residency Certificate with an Early Childhood Education Endorsement
State Department Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Department Hyperlink http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/NotCertified.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 3rd grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework For endorsements, teachers must have completed related methods coursework in the specific endorsement area(s).
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Field Experience/Internship: For endorsements, teachers must have completed a supervised practicum which included teaching in the specific endorsement area(s). Hours not indicated.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Washington Educator Skills Test Basic (WEST-B) (Score of 240) 2. Washington Educator Skills Test--Endorsement (WEST-E) Early Childhood Education.
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary 1. Alternative Routes for Classified Staff who hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution; 2. Alternative route for individuals teaching with conditional certificates.

Early Childhood Special Educator

License/Certificate Residency Certificate with Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement
State Department Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Department Hyperlink http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/NotCertified.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range 3 yrs - 3rd grade
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework For endorsements, teachers must have completed related methods coursework in the specific endorsement area(s).
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Field Experience/Internship: For endorsements, teachers must have completed a supervised practicum which included teaching in the specific endorsement area(s). Hours not indicated.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Washington Educator Skills Test Basic (WEST-B) (Score of 240) 2. Washington Educator Skills Test--Endorsement (WEST-E) Early Childhood Special Education (Score of 240)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary 1. Alternative Routes for Classified Staff who hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution; 2. Alternative route for individuals teaching with conditional certificates.

Family Therapist

License/Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MarriageandFamilyTherapist.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework A total of 45 semester hours or 60 quarter credits are required in all nine areas of study. At least 27 semester credits or 36 quarter credits are required in the first five areas of study. 1) Marital and family systems (at least two courses, a minimum of six semester credits or eight quarter credits) 2) Marital and family therapy (at least two courses, minimum of six semester credits or eight quarter credits). 3) Individual development (at least one course, a minimum of two semester credits or three quarter credits). 4) Psychopathology (at least one course, minimum of two semester credits or three quarter credits). 5) Human sexuality (at least one course, a minimum of two semester credits or three quarter credits). 6) Research (at least one course, minimum of three semester credits or four quarter credits). 7) Professional ethics and law (at least one course, minimum of three semester credits or four quarter credits). 8) Electives (at least one course, minimum of three semester credits or four quarter credits) 9) Supervised clinical practice
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? An applicant may acquire up to nine semester credits or twelve quarter credits through supervised clinical practice in marriage and family therapy under the supervision of a qualified marriage and family therapist as determined by the school.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board's (AMFTRB) Examination in Marital and Family Therapy. Unsure of passing score

Nurse

License/Certificate Registered Nurse License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/NursingCommission.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework (a) Instruction in the physical, biological social and behavioral sciences. Content is required from the areas of anatomy and physiology (two terms with laboratory), physics, chemistry, microbiology, pharmacology and nutrition, communication and computations. (b) Theory and clinical experiences in the areas of medical nursing, surgical nursing, obstetric nursing, nursing of children and psychiatric nursing, which may be integrated, combined, or presented as separate courses. Baccalaureate programs also shall include theory and clinical experiences in community and public health nursing. (c) History, health care trends, legal and ethical issues, and scope of practice, and licensure and professional responsibility pertaining to the registered nurse role including the standards of competency identified in WAC 246-840-700 and 246-840-705. Content may be integrated, combined, or presented as separate courses. Baccalaureate programs shall include study of research principles and statistics. (d) Programs must include opportunities for the student to learn assessment and analysis of client and family needs, planning, implementation, evaluation, and delegation of nursing care for diverse individuals and groups. Baccalaureate programs shall include the study and practice of leadership and care/case management. (e) All nursing courses shall include: (i) Comprehensive content on: Client needs; safe, effective care environment; health promotion and maintenance; psychosocial integrity and physiological integrity. (ii) Clinical experiences in the care of persons at each stage of the human life cycle, with opportunities for the student to learn and have direct involvement in, responsibility and accountability for the provision of basic nursing care and comfort for clients with acute and chronic illnesses, pharmacological and parenteral therapies and pain management. The emphasis placed on these areas, the scope encompassed, and other allied experiences offered shall be consistent with the purpose and outcomes of the program. (iii) Opportunities for management of care and delegation working within a health care team.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? No specific hours listed. Requirements state: Clinical experiences in the care of persons at each stage of the human life cycle, with opportunities for the student to learn and have direct involvement in, responsibility and accountability for the provision of basic nursing care and comfort for clients with acute and chronic illnesses, pharmacological and parenteral therapies and pain management. The emphasis placed on these areas, the scope encompassed, and other allied experiences offered shall be consistent with the purpose and outcomes of the program.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). No passing score listed--there is a passing standard". Under this system the computer program will keep asking a candidate to answer questions until it is clear that the candidate meets or fails to meet the desired standard."
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. School Nurse 2. Degree - Must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree program in nursing from a program accredited by the National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education. 3. License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as a registered nurse. 4. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the ESA; and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements; or candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role as a school nurse; or 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.

Occupational Therapist

License/Certificate Occupational Therapy License
State Department Occupational Therapy Practice Board (Washington State Department of Health)
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/OccupationalTherapist.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? A minimum of six months supervised fieldwork experience.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy's (NBCOT) exam (score of 450) 2. Jurisprudence examination (score of 100%)
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. School Occupational Therapis. 2. Degree - Must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree program in occupational therapy from an American Occupational Therapy Association-approved program.. 3. License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as an occupational therapist. 4. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the ESA; and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements; or candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school occupational therapist; or 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.

Physical Therapist

License/Certificate Physical Therapist License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/PhysicalTherapist.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE) from the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT) (Score of 600) 2. Jurisprudence Exam (100%)
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. School Physical Therapis.t 2. Degree - Must have completed a baccalaureate or higher degree program in physical therapy from an American Physical Therapy Association-approved program 3. License - Must hold a valid Washington State license as a physical therapist. 4. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the ESA; and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements; or candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school physical therapist; or 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required.

Psychologist

License/Certificate Psychologist License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/Psychologist.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Doctorate's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework The applicant must complete three or more semester hours, or five or more quarter hours, of core study in each of the following content areas: (a) Biological bases of behavior (b) Cognitive-affective bases of behavior (c) Social bases of behavior (d) Individual differences for example (e) Scientific and professional ethics (f) History and systems of psychology (g) Statistics and psychometrics (h) Research design and methodology; (i) Techniques of data analysis (j) Human development (developmental psychology, child development, adult development and aging); (k) Cultural and individual differences and diversity; (l) Psychopathology and dysfunctional behaviors; (m) Theories and methods of assessment and diagnosis-minimum of two courses; (n) Effective psychological intervention and evaluation of the efficacy of interventions-minimum of three courses; and (o) Psychopharmacology.
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 3,300 hours of supervised experience to be eligible for licensure: 1. 300 practicum hours (100 hours must be in supervision) 2. 1,500 supervised experience hours 3. 1,500 Internship hours.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) (from Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards) (Score: at least 70% or the national mean, whichever is lowest) 2. State Jurisprudence Examination (Score 90%)

School Psychologist

License/Certificate Educational Staff Associate Residency Certificate
State Department Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Department Hyperlink http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/NotCertified.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Kindergarten - 12th grade
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 320 hours of practicum (approximately 6-8 hours within school setting weekly) and a 1200 hour internship (at least half within school setting).
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. The applicant must have successfully completed a comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree in school psychology , or 2. Praxis II School Psychologist (Score of 165)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary Emergency Educational Staff Associate (ESA) for individuals who have substantially completed a preparation program for school psychologist. Application must be approved by a school district which cannot find a certificated Educational Staff Associate (ESA) for the position.

Advanced Social Worker

License/Certificate Advanced Social Worker License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Minimum of 3200 hours of experience. 800 hours must be in direct client contact. 90 hours of supervision by a LICSW or LASW who has been licensed for at least two years. *Of the 90 hours: 1. 50 must include direct supervision by a LASW or LICSW. The 50 hours may be in one-to-one supervision or group supervision. 2. 40 hours may be with an equally qualified licensed mental health practitioner. The 40 hours must be in one-on-one supervision. Distance supervision is limited to 40 supervision hours.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? The American Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) advanced exam. According to the ASWB website the score would be 70 or 75, but amounts to the same score.
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. School Social Worker 2. Degree - Must hold an MSW from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning. 3. Exam - Must complete the Praxis II school social worker examination (test code 0211) with a score of 133 or better, administered by the Educational Testing Service. 4. ONE of the following: a. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board in which candidates will: *Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law; *Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students; *Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting; *Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students; *Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making; *Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and inform professional growth planning; *Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. or b. Program - Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of successful completion of another state's approved certification program in the role of school social worker; or c. Experience - 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification, if certification was require

Independent Clinical Social Worker

License/Certificate Independent Clinical Social Worker License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SocialWorker.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? 1. Minimum of 4000 hours of clinical experience. 2. 1000 hours must be direct client contact. Over a three-year period. Supervised by a LICSW. 3. 130 hours of supervision by a licensed mental health practitioner. 4. Distance supervision is limited to 60 hours.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? American Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Exam. Stated that they need to pass the exam, no score is given. According to the ASWB website the score would be 70 or 75, but amounts to the same score.
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. School Social Worker 2. Degree - Must hold an MSW from a regionally-accredited institution of higher learning. 3. Exam - Must complete the Praxis II school social worker examination (test code 0211) with a score of 133 or better, administered by the Educational Testing Service. 4. ONE of the following: a. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board in which candidates will: *Demonstrate an understanding of school and special education law; *Understand and demonstrate knowledge of working within the culture of the schools, creating an environment that fosters safety, health, and learning for the students; *Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate resources in the school setting; *Demonstrate knowledge of collaboration with team members which may include parents, teachers, administrators, and others to support learning outcomes for all students; *Demonstrate knowledge of how to support the outcomes for all students through strategies such as scientifically based practices, collaborative teaming, and ethical decision making; *Use national, state, and local policies, as well as professional standards, to support decision making in educational settings and inform professional growth planning; *Demonstrate an understanding of the use of human, community, and technological resources. or b. Program - Candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of successful completion of another state's approved certification program in the role of school social worker; or c. Experience - 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification, if certification was require

Speech Language Pathologist

License/Certificate Speech Language Pathology License
State Department Washington State Department of Health
State Department Hyperlink http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/SpeechLanguagePathologist.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - Death
Degree Level Requirement Master's
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Supervised clinical practicum listed as a requirement (as part of training program), but hours not specified.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Nationally recognized speech-language pathology examination; or 2. Official verification of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) Clinical Competency Certifications (CCCs) sent directly from ASHA *No specific exam or passing score identified
Additional requirements specific for schools? 1. Need to have an Initial Educational Associate Certification. School Speech Language Pathologis 2. Degree - Must have completed all course work (except special project or thesis) for a master's degree with a major in speech pathology. The course work must be from a college or university program accredited by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) 3. Course - Must have completed prior to, or within 180 days after application, a 30 clock hour or 3 quarter hour (2 semester hrs) course approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board which will include study in schools and society; human growth, development, and learning; American school law; legal responsibilities of the ESA; and the responsibilities of the specific ESA role in a school setting, including the state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements; or candidates who were trained out of state may, in lieu of the course, present verification of a state-approved certification program in the role of school speech language pathologist or audiologist; or 3 years of out-of-state experience in the role under appropriate certification if certification was required. 4. Exam - Must have successfully completed a written comprehensive examination of the knowledge included in the course work for the required master's degree. This examination shall be a proctored, written examination of a regionally accredited institution of higher education or the candidate may present verification of a passing score on the Praxis II speech-language pathology examination, test code 20330, administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS) and used by ASHA as a condition for certification.

Vision Specialist

License/Certificate Residency Certificate with Special Education Visual Impairment Endorsement
State Department Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
State Department Hyperlink http://www.k12.wa.us/certification/Teacher/NotCertified.aspx
Type of License/Certificate Licensure/Certificate
Age Range Birth - 21 yrs
Degree Level Requirement Bachelor's
Licensure Specific Curriculum/Coursework For endorsements, teachers must have completed related methods coursework in the specific endorsement area(s).
Licensure Require Specific Field or Clinical Work? Field Experience/Internship: For endorsements, teachers must have completed a supervised practicum which included teaching in the specific endorsement area(s). Hours not indicated.
Licensure Dependent on an Exam? 1. Washington Educator Skills Test Basic (WEST-B) (Score of 240) 2. Washington Educator Skills Test--Endorsement (WEST-E) Early Childhood Special Education (Score of 240)
Alternative Route Provisional or temporary 1. Alternative Routes for Classified Staff who hold a minimum of a Bachelor of Arts Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution; 2. Alternative route for individuals teaching with conditional certificates.