Teacher Certification that Works for You.

ESD-U is a PESB approved provider of non-traditional teacher certification and professional development in southwest Washington and beyond.

2024-2025 ESD-U applications are closed.

Our goal is to provide students in Washington with self-aware, culturally competent, diverse, talented and skilled teachers, to ensure their P-12 education is transformational and prepares them for full, active lives. Whether you’re a paraeducator, emergency substitute, conditionally certified teacher or career changer, ESD-U can help with your journey.

Your path to becoming a teacher starts here.

Fundamental Course of Study (FCS)

The Fundamental Course of Study (FCS) is one of the core components of the paraeducator certificate program in Washington.

Paraeducator & Explorer Program (PEP)

Are you interested in becoming a teacher but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? PEP will give you a glimpse into what ESD-U is all about without the commitment.

Initial Teacher Certification Program

Have a Bachelor’s Degree and you’re interested in becoming a teacher? The ESD-U Alternative Route Teacher Certification Program can get you there in a year.

Adding an Endorsement (Retooling)

Complete an additional endorsement area when you are already certified and employed as a teacher in a Washington school district.