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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.

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 one of our informational sessions (dates TBD) by contacting 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 at the ESD 123 Professional Development Center, located at 3924 W Court St in Pasco:

  • Wednesday, January 30th, 4:30-5:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 20th, 4:00-5:00 PM
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