The Professional Certificate is the advanced-level certificate for Washington state educators. For educators who hold the Residency Certificate, SPU's Center for Professional Education offers a 4-credit ProTeach Support course for teachers and a 6-credit Professional Certification program for school counselors.
SPU's Professional Certification courses follow a blended cohort model emphasizing the values of reflection and peer collaboration.
Washington state teachers must earn a Professional Certificate prior to the expiration of the Residency Certificate. SPU's Center for Professional Education offers the ProTeach Support course to assist teachers as they prepare to submit the ProTeach Portfolio Assessment.
Based on the January 2017 action by the Professional Educator Standards Board, all Administrator Professional Certification programs will conclude in 2017. As a result, SPU is suspending future Administrator ProCert program offerings. An ongoing review of Administrator 2nd tier licensure will continue under PESB guidance and decisions about potential redesign should occur by 2020.
Washington state school counselors must earn a Professional Certificate prior to the expiration of the Residency Certificate. SPU's Center for Professional Education offers a ten-month (August to June) program that gives school counselors the opportunity to collaborate with peers while growing their impact as school leaders. School counselors will refine their practice while earning the Professional Certificate and securing Washington state's second-tier licensure under current requirements.