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Educator Preparation Providers and Subject Area Programs in the District of Columbia

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is authorized by Title 5, Subtitle A, Section 1700 of the District of Columbia Municipal Regulations (DCMR), State Approval of Educator Preparation Providers and Subject Area Programs, to establish the requirements for state approval of educator preparation providers and subject area programs that prepare candidates to earn an educator credential in the District of Columbia.

State Educator Preparation Provider and Subject Area Program Approval

OSSE approves educator preparation providers (EPPs) and subject area programs that prepare candidates to earn an educator credential in the District of Columbia.

District of Columbia Higher Education Licensure Commission (HELC) Approval

An EPP operating within an institution required to be licensed by the HELC must maintain compliance with all applicable requirements of the Education Licensure Commission Act of 1976, D.C. Law 1-104, as amended, (see DC Official Code § 38-1301, et seq.) and its implementing regulations found at 5A DCMR Chapters 80-83.

An EPP operating outside of a post-secondary educational institution required to be licensed by the HELC must comply with all applicable federal or District of Columbia laws or regulations, as applicable.

Attachments (to be added on a rolling basis):

  • State EPP and Subject Area Program Approval Handbook
    • Describes the processes and procedures for EPPs seeking initial or renewal of state EPP or subject area program approval in the District of Columbia and includes the following documents:
      • EPP State Approval Checklists
      • Intent to Seek State EPP or Subject Area Program Approval Form
      • State EPP Review Eligibility Form
      • Needs Assessment Template
      • Exhibits and Interviews for State Educator Preparation Provider or Subject Area Program Approval Reviews
      • Example Timelines for EPPs
      • List of subject area programs with and without Specialized Professional Associations
      • OSSE Science of Reading Standards Rubric
      • EPP or Subject Area Program Closure Plan
      • EPP Modification Form
  • EPP Approval Schedule

For more information about State EPP and Subject Area Program Approval in the District of Columbia, please contact:

Joelle Lastica Hlava
State Approval Administrator
Division of Teaching and Learning
Office: (202) 741-1888
Email: [email protected]

Contact TTY: 
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