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Reciprocity - Credential Holders from Other States

Applicants who hold valid full credentials in another state in the same or comparable area of the DC credential may qualify for a District credential in that area if they meet certain requirements.

Teachers - with a license/credential from another state may qualify, if:
  • You hold a valid standard or professional credential in the applicable teaching area
  • You were required to pass a basic skills exam that assessed your general knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics
  • You were required to pass a content exam in the subject area of the credential
  • You were required to pass a pedagogy/methods exam appropriate for the grade level of the credential; and
  • You completed an approved teacher licensure program in the applicable subject area.

 

Administrators - with a license/credential from another state may qualify, if:
  • You hold a valid standard or professional credential that authorizes you to operate as a regular or lead Principal
  • You were required to pass a content exam in school leadership appropriate for P thru 12 grade schools
  • You have completed at least two years of full-time school-based: teaching, instructional leadership or pupil services experience; and
  • You hold a completed master’s degree OR you completed an approved licensure program in school leadership and supervision.

 

Pupil or School Service Providers - with a license/credential from another state may qualify, if:
  • You hold a valid standard or professional credential with an authorization in the applicable pupil services area
  • You were required to pass a content exam in the pupil services area
  • You hold at least a master’s degree with a specialization the school pupil services area; and
  • You completed supervised experience as part of the degree program or you have completed full-time school employment experience providing services directly to students.

If your state did not require you to meet any one of the conditions required for a reciprocal District credential, you will be required to satisfy the missing requirement prior to receiving the DC credential. For example, if your state did not require you to pass a subject content exam for your credential, you will be required to pass the applicable DC exam prior to issuance of the credential.

When filing your application, you will be required to submit appropriate documentation verifying that you successfully meet each condition. Submission of an out-of-state credential without submission of the required supporting documents is not sufficient evidence that you meet the conditions for reciprocity.