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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 still be acceptable
  • ETS test registration, fees, study materials and other information

Updated: November 2020

To earn a teaching credential in the District of Columbia, applicants are required to present passing scores for the required exams for the credential being sought. Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.

  • Classroom teachers required exam(s) – Applicants must provide passing scores on: an approved basic skills exam, a subject content exam, and a pedagogy exam for the teaching area and grade level of the credential being sought.

*For subject areas where the District of Columbia has not adopted a subject content exam, the applicant must hold a completed degree major in the subject area or have completed an approved educator licensure program in the area, in addition to providing passing scores on an approved basic skills exam and a pedagogy exam.

  • Added teaching endorsements required exam(s) – Applicants with an active standard District of Columbia teacher credential may submit passing scores for the corresponding subject content exam and pedagogy exam required for an added endorsement in another teaching subject area. This option is available only to applicants with an active standard DC teacher credential only and is not applicable to individuals holding a student/pupil service provider credential or school principal certification.
  • Student/pupil service providers and School Principals required exam(s) – Applicants must provide passing scores for the subject content exam in the specialty area of the credential being sought. Applicants in this category are not required to provide passing scores on the basic skills exam or pedagogy exam.
  • Out-of-state credential holders – Applicants who hold an active standard or professional credential from another reciprocal state accepted by the District of Columbia, may submit passing scores for comparable exams passed in the other state. In instances where certain exams may not have been required in the other state, the applicant is required to provide score reports demonstrating passing scores for all exams required by the District of Columbia prior to earning a full standard DC credential.  

How to Submit Scores

Applicants must demonstrate that they have met or exceeded the passing scores on all required exams when applying for a District of Columbia educator credential.

Applicants submitting score reports must scan all pages of their official score report(s) and save this document as one complete PDF file. Applicants must then upload this file to the online application when applying for a credential. In order to obtain official score reports, applicants should contact the testing agency.

OSSE will also accept scores submitted in the following ways:

  1. Notation of passing scores for required exams on official transcripts; and/or
  2. Official test score verification form signed by the state education agency where an active standard or professional credential is held, if an applicant is unable to obtain official examinee score reports.

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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