Alternative Routes to Certification

Certification Programs For Current Employees

Northshore has partnered with multiple universities to offer alternative route programs to certification for its current employees.

Northwest University Grow-Your-Own (GYO) alternative route program

Northshore School District has partnered with Northwest University for a Grow-Your-Own (GYO) online alternative routes program for NSD paraeducators and those with conditional certifications employed in our district. The program offers pathways at undergraduate and graduate levels for teaching certificates with endorsements in the following areas:

  • Elementary Education and Special Education

  • Elementary Education and English Language Learning

  • Secondary Mathematics and Middle-Level Mathematics

  • Secondary Biology and Middle-level Science

    Learn more about this program here

Western Governors University

Northshore School District as part of  PSESD 121 has partnered with WGU Washington. Partnership benefits for NSD employees include 5% discount on tuition for up to 4 terms and eligibility to apply for the WGU Washington K-12 Partners Scholarship. 

Learn more about this program here 

Pipeline for Paraeducator Conditional Loan Scholarship

This PESB scholarship provides funding for paraeducators who are currently employed with a minimum of 3 years classroom experience and does not hold a degree interested in obtaining their AA and then pursuing their teaching certificate. More information on the requirements and responsibilities of candidates can be found below. Applications are being reviewed by PESB March 6, 2018 and again May 8, 2018.

Learn more about this scholarship