Alternative Routes to Certification/Educator Retooling

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

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship Program provides financial support (scholarships up to $3,000) 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. Typical shortage areas include Bilingual Education, Computer Science Education, English Language Learner, Environmental and Sustainability Education, Mathematics, Science, and Special Education. Other shortage areas will also be considered. The first application deadline is September 25, 2015. There are two additional application deadlines over the course of the year: January 8, 2016, and April 29, 2016.

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


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

Alexandra Manuel

Director, Educator Pathways

Professional Educator Standards Board