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Educator Credentialing and Certification

Welcome to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education's (OSSE’s) Division of Teaching and Learning Educator Credentialing webpage. Here is where you will find all information and services related to educator certification in the District of Columbia.

Please choose a menu item below for information regarding the service you are seeking:

 

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Announcements

New Opportunity: Praxis Fee Voucher for Select Subject Area Exams

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is pleased to announce that individuals seeking an initial or standard credential in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education, may receive a Praxis Fee Voucher to cover the cost of the Praxis II subject area content exam. To qualify, all teachers must be currently employed by a DC local educational agency (LEA) and complete the OSSE Praxis Voucher Application. Upon approval of your application, you will receive an email to the address listed in your application, containing a unique Praxis Exam Voucher Code. Once you have received your passing exam scores, submit, or update your OSSE application for an OSSE teaching credential within 30 calendar days.

New! Introducing the One-Year Provisional Teacher Credential

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is announcing a new one-year provisional teacher credential. This credential is available to first-time DC educator credential applicants who meet OSSE’s basic skills requirements, are employed as the “teacher of record” at a DC local education agency and meet satisfactory background check requirements.

New! Announcing the Option to Demonstrate Basic Skills via a 3.0 GPA

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is announcing a new option that enables teacher credential applicants to demonstrate basic skills competency via a 3.0 or higher grade-point average (GPA) earned on a 4.0 scale for a completed bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university. This option is available to applicants for a one-year provisional teacher credential, an initial teacher credential and a standard teacher credential.

School-based Health Professionals
OSSE recommends that school-based health professionals practicing as audiologists, counselors, social workers, speech language pathologists and psychologists who are currently employed at a DC public charter school or private school, contact the applicable professional licensing board within the DC Department of Health for information regarding licensing requirements to operate in those facilities.

Additional Links and Resources

For more information or questions, please contact [email protected].

For technical assistance or support using our online application system, please contact [email protected].

If you are an international educator credential applicant, please contact [email protected].