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ESD-U is Coming to Our Region!

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has authorized ESD 112 to provide alternative route certification through ESD-U.  In partnership with ESD 123, ESD-U is expanding services to district partners in Southeast Washington. ALL ESD-U classes will be held in Pasco or Walla Walla, depending on enrollment.

What is ESD-U?

Using a “grow your own” focus, ESD-U is a residency-based, flexible program that offers a Route 2, 3, or 4 alternative route to certification for currently employed classified and emergency substitute instructional employees. The next cohort for ESD-U will begin in the summer of 2019. If you are interested in learning more about the ESD-U program or in applying as a candidate, please sign up to attend an informational session in Pasco. To learn more about the program or download materials for distribution, please contact Mary Kirby at or 509.544.5757.

Areas of Certification

  • English Language Learners/Reading*
  • English Language Learners/Elementary Education (pending)*
  • Special Education/Reading*
  • Special Education/Elementary Education (pending)*
  • Elementary Education (pending)

*Please note that as of 2019-2020, ELL and SPED residency certificates must be a dual endorsement with another area of certification. In future years, we may offer additional endorsement areas based on district partner requests.

Want to Learn More?

Mary Kirby
Educator Growth & Development Coordinator
PH: 509.544.5757

Visit the ESD-U website

Complete the Candidate Interest Form

Thank you for your interest in ESD-U! If you are interested in applying as a candidate, please fill out the Candidate Interest Form.

Attend an Info Session

Learn more about ESD-U at an upcoming informational session:

  • Wednesday, January 30th, 4:30-5:30 PM, ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco
  • Wednesday, February 20th, 4:00-5:00 PM, ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco
  • Thursday, February 21st, 4:00-5:00 PM, Walla Walla Public Schools District Office Board Room, 364 S Park St in Walla Walla
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