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School Administrator Licensure - School Principal and Assistant Principal

Administrative Services Credential

The Administrator Services Credential authorizes the holder to serve in the capacity of a principal or assistant principal in a District of Columbia public, private or public charter school. (Note: public charter and private school employees are not mandated by DC law to hold a state license; however, local education agencies (LEA’s) may opt to require state licensure for employment). 

Please note that the District of Columbia issues a combined principal/assistant principal license.  License holders from other states who only hold an assistant principal’s license will not qualify for a DC license under the Interstate Licensure Agreement, but may qualify for licensure by meeting the requirements outlined below.

Licensure Requirements:

Option  1         

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; and,
  • Completion of a state-approved program in K-12 School Leadership/Administration; and,
  • Successful completion of two (2) years of full-time PreK-12 school-based teaching or pupil services experience; OR two (2) years of other full-time PreK-12 school-based instructional leadership work experience; and,
  • Official verification of a passing score for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) as required by the District of Columbia.

Option  2

  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university; and
  • Successful completion of two (2) years of full-time PreK-12 school-based teaching or pupil services experience; OR two (2) years of other full-time PreK-12 school-based instructional leadership work experience; and,
  • Official verification of a passing score for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) as required by the District of Columbia.

Option 3

Testing Exception for Current License Holders

If you currently hold a valid school administrator’s license from another state and meet the following requirements, we will waive the DC licensure testing requirement:

  • • Completed a state-approved principal preparation program;
  • • Holds (or held)* a valid principal-level license from the state in which the preparation program was completed;
  • • Passed a school leadership licensure exam in the state where the preparation program was completed and where you hold (held)* a valid school leader license
  • • Have three years (within the past seven) of verified principal or assistant principal experience .

*You still qualify for the testing waiver if you hold a valid principal-level license from any state and have proof that you held a principal-level license from your preparation program state.

 

License Type(s)                     

Validity  Period 

Issued to: 

Regular

Administrator

Valid for four (4) years from date of issuance and is renewable.

Applicants who successfully meet all requirements outlined in Option 1 or 2 above.

Transitional Administrator

Valid for one (1) year from date of issuance and may not be renewed or extended

Applicants who hold a current out-of-state license that authorizes him/her to operate as a full or lead principal in a K-12 grade school but who have not completed the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) as required by the District of Columbia.

School Administrator License Exams [PDF]

Apply for an Administrative Services Credential

OSSE has recently launched the Educator Credential Information System (ECIS) for teachers, administrators, and school service providers seeking to obtain or renew a District of Columbia educator credential.  The ECIS electronic application portal, allows applicants to enter their information, upload supporting documents, pay required application processing fees, and submit their complete application for a DC credential online.  As of Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 all applicants seeking a DC educator credential must apply using ECIS.  For more information and to start your application please visit the following links.  In particular, consult the ECIS User Guidebook for step-by-step directions on how to submit an application using ECIS and for guidance on the appropriate supporting documents to submit:

Supporting Documents

Office Hours and Contact Information

The Educator Credentials Office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have questions or concerns about how to obtain or renew an Educator Credential in the District of Columbia, please contact the Educator Credential Office via telephone at (202) 741-5881, email at osse.asklicensure@dc.gov, or by visiting in person at the following address:

OSSE – Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Specialized Education
Educator Credentials Office
810 First St., NE - Fifth Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Service Contact: 
Office of Educator Licensure and Accreditation
Contact Phone: 
(202) 741-5881
Contact TTY: 
711