Initial Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Course

The Initial Educational Staff Associate (ESA) course is intended for health professionals to transition to public school service.  This includes current or soon-to-be nurses, social workers, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists among others. This course satisfies the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) requirement of 15 clock hours/one semester of course work required as one piece of obtaining the Initial ESA Certification requirements in Washington State for School health specialists as detailed on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website.  Please visit the OSPI website for further information about ESA requirements for your specialty.

This course is an online course, administered through Canvas.  Participants should have continuous, reliable internet access and be proficient in utilizing online technology.  Participants are not required to be at the computer at a specific time.  The course is broken into four modules, each of which has content to be completed by the assigned deadlines.  

ESA course and registration questions can be directed to Program Assistant Maggie Cox at [email protected] or 509-789-3527.

Certification requirements and ESA application questions should be directed to OSPI.  We provide the ESA course requirement only, we cannot answer questions regarding the certification or application requirements.

The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) also offers this course four times a year via Zoom.  Please visit the PSESD website for more information.

Summer 2023 ESA
This course runs: Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, July 28, 2023
Registration will be available May 1 - June 2, 2023

2023-2024 Schedule coming soon!

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