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School Service Provider Certification

OSSE currently offers a standard credential for qualified applicants to provide pre-K through grade 12 school-based services in the areas listed below.

Standard Service Provider credentials are valid for four years from the date of issuance and are renewable based upon satisfactory completion of renewal requirements. Currently, there is no initial or provisional type of credential available for Service Provider credentials. Applicants must meet all the requirements for the standard credential.

School Audiologist  |  Reading Specialist  |  School Counselor  |  School Librarian  |  School Speech Pathologist  |  Required documents to apply for a standard credential

Service Provider Area(s) Requirements
School Audiologist

1. Holds a completed master’s degree or higher in audiology; and

2. Has completed a minimum of 75 semester hours in audiology and allied fields. At least 36 of the semester hours must be at the graduate level. A letter grade of “C” or higher shall be required to accept coursework; and

3. Has successfully completed at least 350 hours of supervised field, practicum or internship experience as part of the degree program.

Reading Specialist

1. Holds a completed master’s degree in teaching or education; and

2. Has completed an advanced certificate or graduate level program in reading or literacy education; and

3. Has completed clinical or laboratory practicum experience in the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems and difficulties; and

4. Has successfully completed all practicum experience requirements as part of an approved reading specialist licensure program or has completed at least two years of classroom teaching experience; and

5. Has achieved a passing score for the DC-required reading specialist content exam or has passed a comparable exam in another state where a reading license is held.

School Counselor

1. Holds a completed master’s degree in school counseling education from an approved licensure program or holds a completed master’s degree in counseling and have completed graduate level coursework in each area listed below. A letter grade of “C” or higher is required.

  • Counseling children and adolescents
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Counseling students with exceptionalities
  • Crisis and trauma counseling and interventions
  • Career development and vocational education counseling
  • Testing assessments and measurements
  • Legal and ethical issues for school counselors

2. Has successfully completed at least 300 hours of supervised school-based field, practicum or internship experience as part of the degree program.

The field experience may also be met by one of the following:

  • Completion of a degree in school counseling from a program approved by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP) or holds a valid National Certified Counselors (NCC) credential issued by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); or
  • Presents appropriate documentation verifying at least two years of full-time teaching experience or one year of full-time experience as a school counselor; and

3. Has achieved a passing score for the DC-required school counselor content exam or has passed a comparable exam in another state where a school counselor license is held.

School Librarian

1. Holds a completed master’s degree in school library media from an approved licensure program or holds a completed master’s degree in library science and have completed graduate level coursework in each area listed below. A letter grade of “C” or higher is required.

  • Cataloging and classification
  • Selection and use of media for children
  • Instructional media design and development/production
  • Information sources, services and instruction
  • School library organization
  • Integration of technology into the curriculum

2. Has completed directed field in a school library with an experience library media specialist or has completed two years of school – based teaching experience or has completed one year of experience as a school librarian; and

3. Has achieved a passing score for the DC-required library media specialist content exam or has passed a comparable exam in another state where a school library media specialist license is held.

School Speech Pathologist

1. Holds a completed master’s degree or higher in speech and language pathology; and

2. Has completed a minimum of 75 semester hours in speech pathology, audiology and allied fields. At least 36 of the semester hours must be at the graduate level. A letter grade of “C” or higher shall be required to accept coursework; and

3. Has successfully completed at least 350 hours of supervised field, practicum or internship experience as part of the degree program.

Required documents to apply for a standard credential

  1. An FBI personal criminal history report (PCHR) issued within the previous twelve months. For information on how to obtain your PCHR report and procedures for current DC Public Schools (DCPS) employees, please read these instructions.
  2. Official transcripts from institutions where you hold a completed bachelor’s degree and advanced degree and/or other applicable coursework in the area of specialization. Applicants who completed studies at institutions outside of the United States must submit a proper foreign credential evaluation report regarding those studies.
  3. Program completion verification form signed by the certification officer of the institution where you completed an approved educator certification program in the area of specialization. If you completed your program with a DC institution, you must contact the certification official at your institution to obtain the form. Required if you completed an approved certification program in the areas of specialization.
  4. All pages of examinee score report verifying passing scores for the DC-required school service provider exam OR comparable exam passed in another state where a valid license is held. Required if an educator certification exam is required for the area of specialization
  5. Verification of prior full-time experience form, verifying school based employment in the area of specialization. If the employing agency verifying the employment experience issues an official system generated record of employment, that document may be submitted in lieu of the OSSE verification form. Required if you did not complete an approved certification program in the area of specialization.
  6. A copy of your valid license issued by the appropriate DC Department of Health (DOH) professional licensing board. Required if the heath-based area of specialization requires a DOH license to practice.
  7. A copy of your valid full school service provider credential, if held in another state.