Grow Your Own strategies are rising across the state as a means to address the teacher shortage and diversify the educator workforce. In support of these efforts, Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) hosted an Educator Pathways Event on October 12th.
The Educator Pathways Event was designed to connect individuals with colleges and institutions offering alternate pathways to the first level regular teaching certificate (full residency certification). Alternative routes are designed for career changers, and for individuals already working in the school system who want to transition to full time teaching. Compared to traditional educator preparation programs, alternative routes tend to be shorter, more convenient, more affordable, and more practically oriented. Currently Washington State has four routes that cater to specific populations, all of which lead to full residency certification (which is the first level regular teaching certificate):
At the October event at PSESD various colleges and universities, state agencies and regional school districts were present to share information about alternative pathways. College and university representatives from Centralia College, NWU, PLU, Pierce College, and SPU, to name a few were on hand as well as representatives from the Educator Pathways program within the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) to discuss alternative pathways to the educator workforce. In addition, the event provided a unique network opportunity for school district and ESD staff from the PSESD region.
If you missed this opportunity, please plan to join us next fall where we will host another Educator Pathways Event.