Washington

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Median Pay1: $55,175

Teacher Reciprocity Requirements2: Washington Department of Education

  • Education/Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school and state-approved teacher preparation program.
  • Testing Requirements: Washington Educator Skills Tests (WEST) B and E or comparable exams taken in another state.
  • Temporary Certificate Offered?: Yes. Typically approved reciprocal candidates receive a temporary residency certificate.
  • Other Notes: Coursework in issues of abuse required to upgrade to a Professional certificate.

Retirement:

  • Teacher Pensions Overall Grade3: D – Click here to see why.
    • 5-year vesting period.
    • Employees/employers DO pay social security tax and therefore ARE eligible for social security benefits.
    • Two choices between pension plan and more portable option but not created equal.

1Median Pay: sourced from 2018 data collected by National Education Association (NEA). See their Full Report for more information.

2Teacher Reciprocity: sourced from data aggregated by Teacher Certification Degrees. View the full state-by-state list here. Additionally, in some states special considerations for reciprocity, application expedition, fee waivers, etc. may be available to teachers married to activity duty military personnel; be sure to contact the respective State Dept. Of Education to learn more.

3Teacher Pensions Rating: sourced from https://www.teacherpensions.org/. Visit their website to learn about their mission or view a State Comparison.

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