Career changer

Do you want to use your experience to inspire today’s youth?

They say teaching is a calling. Some discover it early on, but for many of us, the calling comes later in life. Teachers who bring “real life” experiences into the classroom are consistently among the most successful educators in a variety of areas.

Choose your pathway

Washington recognizes your established career by offering efficient, convenient, and affordable routes to teaching. Are you a district employee? There are routes designed specifically for you.

I want to earn a bachelor’s degree

If you’re looking to earn your bachelor’s degree as part of a teacher preparation program, the traditional route might be the best option. A traditional route typically takes four years to complete.

I have a bachelor’s degree 

 If you hold a bachelor’s degree or higher and want to earn a teaching certificate, alternative route 3 may be the right choice for you. To enroll in this route, you must be pursuing teacher certification with an endorsement in a subject matter shortage area. 

You can also explore programs that offer traditional route options such as a post-baccalaureate certificate, or earning a master’s degree with a teaching certificate. 

I want to be a CTE teacher

Career and Technical Education (CTE) provides academic and technical skills for middle and high school students in fields such as agriculture, business, marketing, technology, and health. There are two routes to obtain a CTE teacher certificate.

Take the next step

Explore routes

Learn more about the specifics of each route to make the best pathway choice




Explore programs

You feel confident in your pathway choice and are ready to choose your program.