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Substitute Teacher Licensure

The Substitute Teacher License authorizes the holder to serve in an instructional capacity 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 may opt to require state licensure for employment.)

Eligible applicants may be issued a Regular Substitute license based upon the following educational requirement:

  • A completed bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited college/university.

Note: Even if you possess or have completed advanced degrees/studies, you must submit your official undergraduate transcripts or a foreign credential evaluation report verifying completion of a bachelor’s degree prior to being issued a DC substitute license.

Apply for a Substitute Teacher License

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