The path to becoming a teacher is not always linear.

For many, life obligations, money, time – you name it – get in the way.  Seattle Public Schools has developed a classified to certificated route to becoming a teacher, and for many it’s low-cost or no-cost and can have you certified in as little as two years.

How does it work?

Seattle Public Schools has many opportunities for people without a teaching certificate to work in classrooms as an Instructional Assistant or Para-Educator.  Our greatest need is for Special Education and English Language Learner Instructional Assistants.  While you work (with full pay and benefits), you take classes toward earning your cert. Once you’re done. We hire you as a teacher with a starting salary of $56,000+.

Looking for Funding Assistance?

Looking for additional funding/scholarships outside of or in addition to district support?
Contact the Financial Aid office at the university you want to attend. Additionally, the WashBoard connects Washington students of all types with Washington scholarship providers for FREE.

The Washington Student Achievement Council has grants for those who are interested in becoming teachers. Please visit their website for further information: