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Credential Renewal

There are three options available to renew a standard DC educator credential that is due to expire or reinstate one that has already expired. To renew a credential, you must submit proper documentation verifying that you successfully meet any one of the three options. These options may not be combined when renewing a single credential.

However, when applicants are renewing two or more credentials at one time, the applicant can use any option to renew the first credential and then present professional learning hours or the subject content exam option to renew each additional credential being renewed.

For example: An applicant submits satisfactory professional learning hours to renew credential one. The applicant also submits 45 clock hours (i.e., 3 college credits) of professional learning hours specifically in the subject area of credential two. In this scenario, both credentials shall be approved for renewal.

Please choose a menu item below for information regarding the available renewal options:


Note: Currently the DC Public Schools (DCPS) agency is the only DC LEA that administers an official educator evaluation system that is accepted by OSSE for credential renewal purposes. Credential holders seeking renewal who have been evaluated under any performance rating system within or outside of the District of Columbia, other than the DCPS Impact rating system, must meet the conditions for either the Professional Learning Units or Test Scores option to renew their credential.