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Spring 2021 Online Course

June 3-18 2021 7:15 AM - 1:00 PM


  • Amy Okeze
  • Laura Matson


The Initial ESA (Educational Staff Associate) Certification Course is intended for those who already have, or are in the final stages of completion, of a professional certification in either nursing, social work, audiology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, behavior analysis and orientation and mobility specialists that would like to take their discipline into the public school setting. This is NOT the correct ESA path for those entering the filed of school counselor.

This three-day (June 4, 11 & 18, 8am-1pm) 15 hour online course will take place via Zoom for three consecutive Fridays and give participants an orientation to WA State Public Schools, Ethical Practices, Services for Students with Disabilities, High Leverage Practices, Response to Intervention, Multi-tiered Systems of Support, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, IEP Development, Equity and ensuring FAPE - Free Appropriate Public Education for all students.

This approved course satisfies the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's (OSPI) requirements to complete your Washington State ESA certification. Participants are expected to participate and be distraction free for the entire 15 hours of online training. 

Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are not provided for this course, however, the governing body for each discipline may choose to grant them at their discretion with a submitted application provided by the participant. Clock hours are available for a small additional fee, please check with your school district employer to find out if you will need clock hours.   

Please note: Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) ONLY provides the required course, OSPI provides the certification. Any questions regarding certification should be directed to the Certification Department at OSPI.

Event Notes

Please be sure to check the email used for registration frequently for further communication. Pre-work, registration with Zoom and registration for the Canvas course are required before the start of this training. More information will be sent to the email on file May 21, 2021.


  • Thu, June 3 2021
    7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
    Canvas: Pre-work - Ted Talks and reflection
  • Fri, June 4 2021
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Fri, June 11 2021
    7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
    Canvas: Treasure Hunt & reflection
  • Fri, June 11 2021
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Fri, June 18 2021
    7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
    Canvas: MTSS reading and reflection
  • Fri, June 18 2021
    8:00 AM - 1:00 PM


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Registration Ends
Friday May 21, 2021 4:00 PM
Registration is now closed.

Please check the email used for registration on May 21st for additional information regarding pre-work, zoom registration and canvas registration.

Professional Hours

Clock Hour Number: SEK0781
15.00 Clock Hours $45.00