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Educator Credentialing Exams

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  • Who must take educator exam(s)?
  • DC required exams and list of older exams that may acceptable
  • ETS test registration, fees, study materials and other information

Updated: August 2019

All applicants seeking a teaching credential in the District of Columbia shall be required to present passing scores for an approved basic skills, subject content and pedagogy exam for the credential being sought. For teaching subject areas where an applicable subject content exam has not been adopted, applicants must hold a completed degree with a major in that subject area.

All applicants seeking a student/pupil services provider and/or school principal credential shall be required to present passing scores for the required subject content exam required for the credential being sought.  

Out-of-state credential holders – who hold a full active credential in the appropriate subject area issued in a reciprocal state accepted by the District of Columbia, may submit score reports for comparable exams passed in the other state in lieu of the DC-required exams.  When submitting test scores for exams taken and passed in another state, applicants must submit a copy of their valid credential for those scores to be accepted.

To view a list of currently required exams, as well as information about older exams that may still be accepted, please refer to the Educator Testing Flyer.

For more information regarding study materials, test registration and fees, please visit ets.org/praxis.

For more information or questions regarding DC educator credentialing and requirements, please contact [email protected].

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