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School Support Personnel Licensure

School Support Personnel licensure authorizes the holder to provide support services in the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).  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


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

Application Procedures

  1. Individuals who completed an approved preparation program in the District of Columbia must have an Approved Program Recommendation form on file with our office.  Please contact the Certification/Licensure Officer from your approved program to verify that a recommendation has been sent.  Refer to the Approved Program Directory [PDF] to view program contact information.  DC Program Completers must submit the following forms (see forms for detalied list of required supporting documents):
  1. Individuals who completed a state-approved program outside of the District of Columbia: 

State-approved programs are those that have been approved by a state to lead to educator licensure.  Please submit the following forms (see forms for detailed submission instructions):

  1. Individuals who did NOT complete a state-approved program and/or completed a non-school based degree:

Office Hours:

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
General consultation from the licensure team is available. Consultation includes Q&A regarding licensure application requirements and processing timelines, and a check to ensure that application packets have the documents required to begin a review. Licensure evaluations/eligibility determinations are not conducted at the time of submission as that will occur once a complete application packet is logged into our system for review by a specialist.

Friday: 8:30am to 5:00pm
For application/material pick-up and drop-off only. Consultation from the licensure team is not available.

Service Contact: 
Office of Educator Licensure and Accreditation
Contact Phone: 
(202) 741-5881
Contact TTY: 
Contact Suite #: 
8th Floor