Credits & Clock Hours

Salary Placement

  • Salary placement is based on the number of credits and clock hours earned after the awarding of the first Bachelor's degree as well as the number of verified certificated years of experience.

  • Salary advancement adjustments are made in the Fall based on the following guidelines: Coursework must be completed by September 30th. Official transcripts are due in Human Resources no later than close of the last business day in September in order to advance on the salary schedule for the current year. Payments for salary advancement will retro back to the first contracted day of the current school year. New hires have 90 days from their date of hire.

Transcripts, Credits and Clock Hours

  • College/university transcripts must be "official" and sealed.

  • For salary placement, all college/university credits are counted in quarter hours. One semester equals one and one-half quarter credits.

  • Credits must be earned through an accredited college or university.

  • Clock hour courses must be offered by a Washington State approved clock hour provider.

  • 10 clock hours are equivalent to one quarter credit on the salary schedule.

  • Clock hour classes must be a minimum of three hours to be eligible for credit.

  • Other than for salary advancement, clock hours are applicable only to the renewal of a continuing or professional certificate, not to the renewal of an initial or residency certificate.

  • If you have classes posted on an ESD transcript, you will need to contact them and request that they send Human Resources an "official" transcript.

  • Courses will be approved by HR only if the content of the course meet on of the six criteria established by WAC 392-121-262.The six criteria are:

    1. It is consistent with a school-based plan for mastery of student learning goals as referenced in RCW 28A.655.110, the annual school performance report, for the school in which the individual is assigned;

    2. It pertains to the individual's current assignment or expected assignment for the following school year;

    3. It is necessary for obtaining endorsement as prescribed by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board;

    4. It is specifically required for obtaining advanced levels of certification;

    5. It is included in a college or university degree program that pertains to the individual's current assignment or potential future assignment as a certificated instructional staff; or

    6. It addresses researched-based assessment and instructional strategies for students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and language disabilities when addressing learning goal one under RCW 28A.150.210, as applicable and appropriate for individual certificated instructional staff.

    7. Beginning in the 2011-12 school year, it pertains to the revised teacher evaluation system under RCW 28A.405.100, including the professional development training provided in RCW 28A.405.106.

Course Credit Approval

  • A "Course Credit Approval Form" IS NO LONGER NEEDED. Human Resources will be determining the criteria. If there is a course that is questionable, you will be required to provide a course syllabus. This will be due to Human Resources along with your "official" transcript no later than September 30th.

Certificated Experience Earned Outside of Clover Park School District

  • For certificated experience that is earned outside of Clover Park School District to be considered for salary placement, previous employers must complete and submit a "Verification of Professional Employment" to Human Resources.

  • It is the employee's responsibility to submit a "Verification" form to their previous educational employers to complete. This form is available online.

  • Any experience verification that is received after 90 days for new hire or September 30th for continuing employees will be held and processed the following school year.


  • All applicable certificates must be current (valid). It is important for certificated employees to monitor the expiration date of their certificates. Clover Park School District does not maintain a tracking system for the 150 clock hours necessary to renew your certificate.

  • For questions regarding certification issues contact:

OSPI Certification website or (360) 725-6400

Employment Contracts

  • Two employee contracts are issued:

    • Base Contract - 180 work days

    • Supplemental Contract

  • Base contracts are issued in late spring for the following year and supplemental contracts are issued in October for the current year.

  • Contracts must be signed and returned to Human Resources within ten days of the date of issuance.

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