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Washington State University
College of Education

Professional Growth Plan

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

You’ve invested time and money into your education and your future career. You need a plan!

In the State of Washington, Professional Growth Plans (PGP) are used to help educators plan for professional growth and maintain the validity of their teaching certificate. You are required to submit a PGP at the end of student teaching in order to prepare you to use the PGP for certificate renewal throughout your career as an educator.

The PGP instructs pre-service teachers to complete a self-assessment. You can use the mid-term or final PDEFE as the self-assessment. Once you have reviewed the PDEFE, review Standard 1 Effective Teaching benchmarks, and select at least one criterion to focus your professional growth. Use the Residency level benchmark listed under the criterion you select to address the prompt.

Once your PGP is complete, sign it and turn it into your student teaching supervisor. Your supervisor will return it to Pullman. Before you can be recommended to the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), your original PGPs must be on file in Pullman.

PGP Template


PGP Example 1

PGP Example 2