To Be Considered for a Teaching Position with DCPS

Documents You’ll Need

Before starting your application, ensure that you can upload the following documents electronically:

Eligibility Requirements

Teacher licenses are awarded by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).  OSSE is a separate government agency from DC Public Schools that sets forth the licensure qualifications and manages the licensure process.  The following information can also be found on OSSE’s website.

Please note that Eligibility Requirements have recently changed. As of February 3, 2017, OSSE will again accept Praxis I exams (PPST/CBT), ACT, SAT, or GRE scores as an acceptable substitution for the Reading and Math Basic Skills tests. However, these exams are not accepted for the Writing requirement. Unless you are applying for a D.C. teaching license through reciprocity with another state, you may be required to retake the Praxis CORE Basic Skills Exams. Please check with OSSE to verify. There are multiple paths to being awarded a Teaching License in Washington, D.C. However, in all cases requirements are that:

Prepare materials for DC licensure
By law all new teachers at DC Public Schools need to have a DC teaching license. Candidates who do not have an active license on file with OSSE will not be eligible for hire.

It takes approximately 12 weeks for OSSE to process a license. In some cases, you may be eligible for a reciprocal DC license if you hold a valid, full teaching license from another state. OSSE is an agency separate from DC Public Schools. If you have any questions regarding licensure, please visit the Licensure Office’s website, 

You may be eligible for Interstate Reciprocity if you hold a license (expired or valid) from the same state in which you completed your teacher education program.

Please note: If you have never held a full teaching license in the same state in which you completed your teacher education program, you will be eligible for a Regular II license if you meet the requirements listed above.

To apply for licensure, please contact OSSE through their website, via email at osse.asklicensure@dc.gov or by phone at (202) 741-5881.

For additional questions about your application, please email teach.dcps@dc.gov 

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