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School Support Personnel Licensure

School Service Provider licensure authorizes the holder to provide pupil support services in schools operating in the District of Columbia.  (Note: Public charter and/or private school employees are not required by DC law to hold a state license issued by OSSE; however, employing local education agencies (LEAs) may opt to require OSSE licensure for employment).

Eligible applicants are issued a Regular II license based upon the completion of educational preparation and other qualifications relevant to the professions listed below.

Please note that where “School” appears in a license’s title, completers of programs that did not specialize in K-12 school services (i.e., master’s degree in Counseling as opposed to School Counseling) may be required to complete additional requirements prior to being issued a DC license in the respective area.

OSSE issues licenses in the following areas:

Attendance Officer


Pupil Personnel Worker

*School Counselor

*School Librarian

*School Psychologist


Speech Language Pathologist

School Social Worker

(DC Department of Health licensure is a requirement for this license)

*Reading Specialist


*Effective Sept. 1, 2014 in addition to satisfactory completion of an approved program or completion of applicable coursework and experience requirements in the school service provider area, applicants must present passing scores for the required licensure exam(s) for the areas of: School Counselor, School Librarian, School Psychologist and Reading Specialist/Teacher. 

For more information about the required exams, please visit the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website for details regarding School support personnel exams.

If you do not see your desired area above, please visit the DC Department of Health’s website.

Apply to Become a Certified School Service Provider

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

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Educator Quality and Effectiveness Unit
Contact Phone: 
(202) 741-5881
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Fifth Floor