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Interstate Licensure Agreement - Reciprocity

Reciprocity for Valid License Holders from Other States (Effective Immediately)

Licensure by reciprocity is extended to individuals seeking the issuance of a District of Columbia (DC) teaching credential. Individuals may be granted a waiver of DC’s testing requirements and may be issued a full license by meeting each of the following three (3) conditions:

1. Completion of a state-approved teacher education licensure program completed at an institution of higher education or other approved educator preparation program provider located outside of the District of Columbia in the subject area matching the D.C. license being sought;

2. Currently holds a valid out-of-state Level II license (full credential without deficiencies) teaching credential in the subject area matching the D.C. license being sought;

  • If you currently hold a valid level II license from a state but did not complete any licensure exams for the license currently held, but you previously held a level II license in another state and completed comparable licensure exams in that state, you must present copies of those licensure exam scores and the license you were issued at that time to demonstrate compliance with this condition.

3. Present official score reports documenting passing scores for a comparable basic skills licensure exam (which includes Reading, Writing and Mathematics); a content knowledge based licensure exam; and a pedagogy based licensure exams required by the state where the teaching credential was issued. 

  • DC will waive the pedagogy licensure exam requirement for valid out-of-state level II license holders who submit appropriate documentation verifying satisfactory completion of at least three (3) years of recognized full-time teaching experience (completed within the previous seven (7) years) while holding an appropriate teaching license/credential in the applicable subject area and grade. The teaching experience must have occurred outside of the District of Columbia after the date of the completion of an approved program.   The teaching experience may not include substitute teaching experiences.

  • To present appropriate documentation verifying passing scores for out-of-state licensure exams, applicants must submit copies of all pages of their official score reports that include pass/fail indications to serve as proof of meeting that state’s licensure exams; or the applicant may request that the certifying official of the approved program or an authorized official of the state’s educator licensure agency provide official testing verification.  The official verifying the licensure exam information may complete an “approved program verification form” or issue an official statement of confirmation on official agency letterhead attesting to the completion of each of the required exams.

*Note:  If your state does not require any component of the licensure exams as required by the District of Columbia (e.g. basic skills, content and/or pedagogy exams), you will be required to complete DC’s licensure exam for the missing area prior to the issuance of a full DC teaching license/credential in the applicable area.

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