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How to Reinstate an Expired Credential

In accordance with the DCMR licensure regulation changes established July 1, 2016, the policy for reinstating an expired OSSE educator credential/license has been updated. Changes are in effect as of June 1, 2018. These changes apply to teacher, administrator, and service provider credentials/licenses. Specifically, any individual who has an expired OSSE educator credential/license shall have three options to reinstate:

Option 1: Reinstatement by taking Current Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam(s)

Credential holders must take and pass the currently required Praxis II subject content knowledge exam, or applicable School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA),  that directly corresponds to the credential being reinstated. The exam must be taken within 12 months of the date the reinstatement application is submitted. Visit OSSE's website for a list of the DC educator credential exams.

Option 2: Reinstatement by Performance Evaluation Ratings

  • Credential holders currently employed with a DC local education agency (LEA) that administers an official educator performance evaluation management system that is accepted by OSSE for the purposes of educator credentialing, may have their credential renewed based upon satisfactory practitioner performance.
  • Credential holders must submit documentation of at least three final yearly summative effective performance evaluations conducted in the licensure subject area and completed within the previous four years of the date the reinstatement application is submitted.

Requirements for Option 2

  1. Performance evaluation reviews must have been conducted while you were an employee of a DC local education agency that administers an official educator performance evaluation system that is accepted by OSSE for the purposes of obtaining a state educator credential.
  2. Performance evaluation reviews must have been administered by the same DC LEA during the applicable renewal cycle of the credential being renewed.
  3. Employees must have achieved at least an effective or equivalent performance rating for at least three school years of the four year validity term of the credential. The ratings must be achieved based upon a summative or student growth component of the evaluation system.
  4. The assignment area of the performance evaluation review must have been conducted for same assignment area of the credential being renewed.

Option 3: Reinstatement by completion of professional development activities

  • Credential holders must submit documentation of traditional professional development training activities completed within the previous four years of the date the reinstatement application is submitted.
  • Credential holders who have attended and successfully completed appropriate professional development training activities which can include educator workshops, LEA-approved training activities, college coursework, or other types of training may have their credential renewed based upon satisfactory completion of the required professional development hours.

Requirements for Option 3

  1. Applicants must submit proper documentation verifying satisfactory completion of the equivalent of 120 hours of professional development training activities completed within the four year term of the credential being renewed.
  2. The equivalent of 120 hours equals 120 actual clock hours of instruction/activity time completed; or eight college credit hours; or a combination of both. One college credit hour equals 15 clock hours.
  3. A minimum of the equivalent 60 hours must be directly related to the content area of the credential being renewed. The additional hours may align with any of the areas as indicated in the “acceptable professional development activity domain table” shown below.
  4. The hours may be accrued by completion of college coursework and/or completion of training activities delivered by the employing local education agency, state education agency, national education organizations, related industry organizations, and/or accredited professional development provider organizations.

Acceptable training activities shall cover content from among the following:

D-1 Increases content knowledge and competence in the specific subject area of the credential D-5 Increases knowledge of local, state, or national  educational initiatives and goals
D-2 Increases effective instruction and methodologies D-6 Improves school and community engagement
D-3 Increases school leadership strategies and skills D-7 Increases knowledge of best practices and trends
D-4 Increases knowledge of curriculum and standards (local, state, or national) D-8 Increases knowledge of resources and services for schools

Contact [email protected] for additional questions and information regarding educator credentialing requirements.