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pdNorthwest – A Professional Learning Service

Serving educators in Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, and Thurston counties

We provide districts:

  • Annual needs assessment
  • Quarterly report
  • Technical assistance

We provide participants:

  • Attendance record
  • Clock hours
  • Official transcript

PESB Announces Certificate Expiration Dates Extended One Year for Educators

Washington State is currently experiencing a rapid outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), impacting our communities in a number of ways. On Friday, March 13, Governor Inslee announced his order to close all K-12 public and private schools for six weeks.

In response to this announcement, the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has filed emergency rules, extending the validity period on certificates expiring June 30, 2020 for one additional year. These certificates will now expire June 30, 2021. This policy change is effective immediately.

Clock Hour Policy Changes

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has announced changes to clock hour rules effective immediately.

Flexibility and access

  • The minimum time a clock hour course can be offered has been reduced from three hours to one hour.
  • Continuing education units from accredited colleges or universities, whether in-state or out-of-state, will now be accepted as clock hours. Other non-credit bearing units, such as Professional
  • Development Units (PDUs), will also be accepted.
  • All educators who hold specific Department of Health (DOH) licenses, not just educational staff associates (ESAs), can use hours that satisfy the DOH licensure requirements as clock hours for continuing education.
  • Continuing education hours (STARS hours) from the Washington Department of Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) will be accepted as clock hours.

Course approval

  • Clock hours may not be issued retroactively. Providers may not provide blanket approval to all of another organization’s courses. Each course must be approved individually.
  • Prior to offering a course, the provider’s clock hour committee must approve:
    • Date of course
    • Number of clock hours being offered
    • Course objectives and program agenda
    • Instructors and their qualifications
    • Relation of course to clock hour standards
  • Clock hours may not be offered to individuals serving as the instructor for a course where they are the only participant.

More information is available at the PESB website.

Member Districts

Welcome to the districts who offer clock hours through pdNorthwest:

Evergreen Christian
Lake Quinault
Mary M. Knight

North Beach
North River
Nova Middle School

Wishkah Valley