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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 September 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.

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 to view program contact information.  DC Program Completers must submit the following forms (see forms for detailed list of required supporting documents):

2. 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):

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

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