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December 15, 2011 at 10:39 AM

UW, WWU, CWU alumni earn top ranking for receiving teaching certification

Five of Washington’s universities have been named in the top 20 institutions in the United States for awarding degrees to teachers who later became National Board Certified Teachers.

The certification is a rigorous review process that aims to improve a teacher’s skills in the classroom. It’s awarded by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

The University of Washington was ranked third, Western Washington University was ranked fourth and Central Washington University was ranked fifth out of 50 institutions for producing certified teachers in 2011.

Washington State University ranked sixth, and Eastern Washington University ranked 11th. One Washington private school, Pacific Lutheran University, was 30th on the list.

To receive certification, teachers must submit four portfolios, including an examination of student work and video recordings from the classroom. The process can take 200 to 400 hours, and less than half of all teachers nationwide get certified on the first try.

Currently, there are more than 5,200 certified teachers in Washington, placing the state fourth highest nationwide in the total number of certified teachers.

Six of the top 20 school districts in the nation for newly-certified teachers are in Washington — they are Federal Way, Bellevue, Seattle, Lake Washington, Evergreen and Spokane school districts.

 

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