Teacher Programs

Announcement: Applications now available on-line for the Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship and Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship. 

New 2019 legislation creates additional programs supporting current and future teachers. Program updates are currently being developed for phased-in implementation. Continue to check this page for updates.

Washington State provides a suite of financial aid programs supporting current and future teachers. The conditional scholarship programs encourage individuals to pursue teaching in subjects or locations of high need, also known as "shortage areas." In return for funding received, the recipient commits to teach at a Washington K-12 public common school for a specified amount of time. If the recipient fails to fulfill the teaching service obligation, the recipient must repay the funding, adjusted for any service completed, plus interest and fees.

Current Programs

Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship

The Alternative Routes Conditional Scholarship program is designed to provide financial assistance to encourage persons to become teachers through alternative route teacher certification programs and to retain these teachers in shortage areas. The program provides funding of up to $8,000 per year toward earning your Washington Residency Teacher Certificate. To qualify for the program, an applicant must be accepted into and maintain enrollment in an Alternative Route teacher certification program and intend to pursue an initial teacher’s certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area. Currently, scholarships are designated to alternative route providers that have been awarded block grants through the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB). 

Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship

The Pipeline for Paraeducators Conditional Scholarship program is designed to support paraeducators and Recruiting Washington Teachers alumni who wish to become teachers by providing financial aid for the completion of an Associate of Arts degree. The program provides funding of up to $4,000 per year toward earning an Associate of Arts degree. Recipients are expected to continue on to earn their certification and fulfill a teaching service obligation in exchange for receiving the scholarship. Minimum qualifications:

  • Not have earned a college degree.
  • Provide documentation from your school district of one year of successful student interaction and leadership as a classified instructional employee or completion of two years of a Recruiting Washington Teachers program.
  • Intend to pursue an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area via an approved teacher program.
  • Be accepted into, and maintain enrollment for no more than the equivalent of four full-time academic years at a community or technical College.

To avoid repaying the conditional scholarship, recipients must fulfill the requirements summarized below (see Promissory Note for full detail):

  • Earn the AA degree within four academic years.
  • Pursue an initial teacher certificate with an endorsement in a shortage area via a PESB-approved teacher prep program.
  • Complete up to two years of teaching service obligation. 
  • Teach in a Washington State K-12 public common school.

To apply for the retooling scholarship, you must complete and submit the following materials:

NOTE: If selected you will need to complete and submit a signed Promissory Note. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Apply here for Pipeline for Paraeducators 

Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship

The Educator Retooling Conditional Scholarship supports Washington State certified educators looking to add a shortage area endorsement to their certificate. Recipients of the conditional scholarship are awarded up to $3,000 per endorsement add-on. Minimum qualifications:

  • Hold a current WA teacher certificate (Residency, Professional, or Continuing) or an expired WA teacher certificate issued after 2005
  • Pursue an additional endorsement in a shortage area
  • Take one of the following pathways to add the endorsement:
    • Endorsement test only; or
    • Completion of an add-on endorsement program at a college or university (and test).
    • Attend an educator preparation program, approved by WSAC, to participate in state financial aid. Check with your college or university or contact WSAC directly to find out if your program is approved.

To avoid repaying the conditional scholarship, recipients must fulfill the requirements summarized below (see Promissory Note for full detail):

  • Completing the endorsement add-on within two academic years.
  • Complete up to two-years of teaching service obligation. 
  • Teach in a Washington State K-12 public common school after earning the add-on endorsement.

To apply for the retooling scholarship, you must complete and submit the following materials:

NOTE: If selected you will need to complete and submit a signed Promissory Note. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Apply here for Educator Retooling