City University of Seattle is approved by the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board to offer a shorter, alternative teacher preparation program for Residency Certification. This allows us to provide pedagogical instruction to candidates who want to teach in shortage areas such as math, English language learners (ELL) and special education.
CityU of Seattle offers an alternative route to teacher certification for each of the following three types of applicants:
- Alternative 2: para-educators who are currently employed in a public school with at least a year of experience and a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college
- Alternative 3: people who are not currently employed by a school district who have a bachelor’s degree or higher in the content area and/or three years of work experience in the high-need field
- Alternative 4: teachers in a public school who are currently teaching with a conditional or emergency teaching certificate
Our alternative teacher certification program lasts one year, from July through June, and includes a year-long residency. You’ll work both online and in class with a cohort of likeminded individuals learning from our expert faculty of practicing teachers. Our Albright School of Education advisors can answer any questions you have about alternative teacher certification. Contact us to see how you can get into a classroom in as little as one year.
When you finish the program you’ll be ready to step into a teaching role as a highly qualified teacher in one or two high-need subject areas. You will be prepared to teach English Language Learners, Mathematics, Middle-level Math or Special Education. You will also earn your WA State Residency Teaching Certificate with endorsements in your content area.
You will have different application requirements depending on the route you choose but generally, your bachelor’s degree and completed Washington Educator Skills Test (WEST-B and/or WEST-E ®) create the basis for your entrance into the program. Our advisors can help you walk through the process from the very beginning. Get in touch to get started on your alternative route to teacher certification today.