Teach Washington

What do I need to know?

There are many ways to become a teacher in Washington and the pathway you choose will depend on your educational background, learning preferences, and professional experience. We know there’s a lot to take in, but we promise to help guide you through the process.

Learn the process

Becoming a teacher includes choosing a pathway, picking a program, and earning a residency certificate.

Explore the steps to becoming a teacher

Hear from our teachers

Hear from teachers about their journey into the classroom and discover the benefits of being a teacher.

Explore the profession

Discover Washington

Washington’s geographical and cultural diversity often surprises newcomers and residents alike.

Explore what our state has to offer


“Washington State has always been focused on making education best for the kids first.”


Tamasha Emedi
Highline School District