Alternative Route to Teacher Certification


Program Details

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

Effective In-Class and Online Learning

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.

Where CityU Can Take You

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. The program is highly focused so you will know exactly which roles you are prepared for, teaching in classrooms such as elementary school special education, middle-level ELL or secondary mathematics.

Get Started Today!

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.

Student Information

Phone: 888.42.CityU

District Administrators Contact
Jerry Ball
Phone: 425.438.4317

Stephen Smith
Phone: 425.438.4319


You can learn more about this program at the PESB website or call 888.42.CityU to chat with an admissions advisor.