Emergency Substitute

Emergency Substitute Certificate

To apply for an emergency substitute certificate with a local district, you first need to create an Education Data System (EDS) account with the Office of Public Instruction (OSPI) - see instructions below.  The second step is for the district to sponsor you, where they will authorize EDS to start/continue your emergency substitute certificate online through the EDS application called eCert.  

First-time user

  1. Go to https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us
  2. Select the Create an Account tab.
    Username must be a valid email address.
    Password must be at least 8 characters long, and contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one symbol.
  3. Complete the Required Login Information.
  4. Complete the Data for Linking to a Certificate. If you were ever employed by a Washington school district, you have data to claim.
  5. Click Register. You will be prompted to Request Application Roles. This option can take up to 30 minutes to appear. If your school participates in eVal, you may request a role at this time OR select Not Now to continue to E-Certification.
  6. Click Login.
  7. From the EDS homepage, select:

View my applications
My Application List E-Certification

  1. From the E-Certification homepage, select:

Available Role
My Credentials tab
Educator tab

  1. Use the dropdown to select your desired action.

Please see the Login instruction sheet for additional technical assistance.

Emergency Substitute Resources

For more information on opportunities for districts to contract for group emergency substitute professional development,
contact David Forsythe | 360-299-4000 | dforsythe@nwesd.org

For more information on emergency substitute certificates,
contact the certification department for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction | 360-725-6400 | OSPI Cert Support


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