Updated: January 2020
State approval of an educator preparation program means the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has examined the quality of programs preparing teachers, service providers and administrators for District of Columbia P-12 schools, and has determined that the programs meet state standards for preparing candidates to enter the profession. State approval is required for programs in the District of Columbia offering professional preparation programs that lead to state teacher, service provider and school administrator licensure.
The goal of the state accreditation and program approval system is to ensure a steady flow of high-quality candidates for roles as teachers, administrators, and other school personnel in District of Columbia schools by allowing multiple routes for educator preparation. The District of Columbia’s system for state accreditation and approval of programs insists on high standards and selectivity for teacher, administrator, and other school personnel candidates.
The following pages identify the institutions and organizations that have been granted state accreditation by OSSE, as well as the specific subject area programs that have been approved for the recommendation of candidates for licensure. For more detailed information regarding requirements for entry into any of the following programs, please contact the specific institutions or organizations directly.
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