Teacher Licensure State Requirements - District of Columbia

Become a Teacher in the District of Columbia

DC teacher certification

If you aspire to become a teacher, Western Governors University can help. Our online teaching certification programs will prepare you to effectively educate others.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in District of Columbia, you must meet all of the district’s teacher certification requirements (for those who have attended out-of-state teacher preparation programs), including:

  • PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher education program that is a) approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the preparing institution and b) completed at an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • MAJOR REQUIREMENT: A major in the subject area for which the applicant is seeking DC teacher certification.
  • BASIC SKILLS EXAM: Passing scores on the basic skills exam.
  • CONTENT EXAMS: Passing scores on all of the required content exams.
  • BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Fingerprint clearance resulting from completing the required background check.

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For further details on DC teacher certification requirements, please see the DC Teacher Licensure student handbook article.

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