How to Become a Teacher in Washington DC

The capitol of the United States is not only the heart of the country, but an excellent place to pursue a teaching career. Proximity to monuments, museums, and the history-making-in-progress which is the everyday business of Washington, make for a stimulating environment for teachers in the District of Columbia. DC teachers also have an especially good variety of reciprocal teaching opportunities in nearby States.

How to become a teacher in the District of Columbia – traditional route for residents

Aspiring teachers who would like to earn a regular teacher licensure in Washington DC, can follow a traditional route to certification. Through traditional pathways, a prospective teacher would need to:

  • Earn a bachelor's degree
  • Pass the Praxis I test of basic skills
  • Pass the Praxis II content knowledge exam
  • Complete a teacher preparation program

How to become a teacher in DC – alternative route for residents

The District of Columbia has several excellent programs for aspiring teachers who are interested in an alternative to traditional teaching programs. These include:

  • Teach for America: in lieu of student teaching, this program offers those holding a Bachelor degree a position within a shortage area. The applicant will be mentored and attend night courses.
  • DC Teaching Fellows: fellows are trained at a comprehensive instructional summer institute, and are provided with an extensive support network to ensure success in the classroom. Fellows receive financial incentives toward completion of their teacher certification and/or master's degree.
  • Transitions to Teaching: those holding a bachelor's degree can apply to work in a shortage area within Washington, DC. Teachers will concurrently teach and complete required education coursework.

How to become a teacher in DC – for out-of-state teacher applicants

As a very small district, District of Columbia welcomes teachers from other areas, and has strong reciprocity agreements with other states, particularly Maryland and Delaware. Applicants holding a valid, current teacher license may apply for a regular I teacher license, which is valid for 2 years and is not renewable. Applicants will need to pass the Praxis I and II exams before applying.

How do I become a teacher in the District of Columbia – necessary exams for residents

All aspiring and out-of-state teachers applying to teach in District of Columbia must pass the Praxis series exams. These include the Praxis I, a test of basic skills in reading, writing and math, and the Praxis II, which tests specific subject matter. Elementary school teachers must pass the Elementary Education Praxis II, along with any others as needed for endorsement.

What bachelors degree do I need for teaching in the District of Columbia?

The District of Columbia encourages extensive education courses at any approved institution, but does not require specific bachelor degrees for aspiring teachers. However, applicants holding degrees in a shortage area, which include math, science, and reading, will have preference during the hiring process. Many aspiring teachers also choose to major or minor in Education.

What is a teacher preparation program in the District of Columbia?

Teacher preparation programs in District of Columbia involve all areas of education, with added courses on the history of Washington DC. Prospective teachers will take a variety of courses and participate in various internships and field studies, including:

  • Student teaching: minimum 3 months in the classroom
  • Classroom observations
  • Courses on teaching fundamentals
  • Specific courses on shortage areas (math, science, reading)
  • Washington DC history

How do I renew my teacher certification in the District of Columbia?

The regular license I cannot be renewed. The regular II license may be renewed once, and applicants should complete the following:

  • 10 semester hours of programming related to education field

Where do I go for more information about how to become a teacher in DC?

The following websites have additional information about how to become a teacher in District of Columbia:

Washington DC Student Statistics

  • Number of Pre-School students: 7,451
  • Number of Kindergarten students: 5,122
  • Number of 1st - 12th grade students: 56,081
  • Total number of students in Washington DC: 68,681

Washington DC Teacher Statistics

Average Teacher Salary by Grade Level

Grade Level Average 10th percentile 25th percentile Median 75th percentile 90th percentile
Pre-school $32,680 $18,690 $22,010 $28,890 $41,060 $50,770
Kindergarten $38,930 $25,280 $29,190 $38,880 $47,200 $52,010
Elementary $64,200 $39,370 $51,040 $66,190 $80,440 $89,110
Middle school $57,850 $38,080 $45,730 $53,580 $74,350 $86,630
High school $55,740 $35,030 $43,130 $52,770 $69,650 $84,900

School Districts in Washington DC

School District Largest Elementary Schools Largest Middle Schools Largest High Schools
Abc Bilingual Community Academy Public Charter School
Abc Bilingual Community Academy Public Charter School
1501 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
Academy For Education Learning Through The Arts Public Charter School
Academy For Education Learning Thr The Arts Public Charter School
2100 New Hampshire Av NW
Washington, DC 20009
Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School
Achievement Preparatory Academy Public Charter School
908 Wahler Placeace SE
Washington, DC 20032
Appletree Early Learning Center Public Charter School
Appletree Early Learning Center - Amidon Public Charter School
2750 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Appletree Early Learning Center - Riverside Public Charter School
401 I St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Appletree Early Learning Center - Columbia Heights
680 I St SW
Washington, DC 20024
Arts And Technology Public Charter School
Arts And Technology Public Charter School
5300 Blaine St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Barbara Jordan Public Charter School
Barbara Jordan Public Charter School
100 Peabody St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Barbara Jordan Public Charter School
100 Peabody St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Booker T. Washington Public Charter School
Booker T. Washington Public Charter School
1346 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Bridges Public Charter School
Bridges Public Charter School
1250 Taylor St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Capital City Public Charter School
Capital City - Lower Public Charter School
3047 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Capital City - Upper Public Charter School
3029 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Capital City - Lower Public Charter School
3047 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Center City Public Charter School
Center City - Brentwood Campus Public Charter School
2019 Rhode Island Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
Center City - Brightwood Campus Public Charter School
6008 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
Center City - Brightwood Campus Public Charter School
6008 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
Center City - Trinidad Campus Public Charter School
1217 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
Center City - Trinidad Campus Public Charter School
1217 West Virginia Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
Center City - Capitol Hill Campus Public Charter School
1503 East Capitol St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Cesar Chavez Public Public Charter School
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Bruce Campus
3220 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Cesar Chavez - Capitol Hill Public Charter School
709 12th St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Parkside Campus
3701 Haynes St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Cesar Chavez Public Charter School Parkside Campus
3701 Haynes St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Children Studio School Public Charter School
Children Studio School Public Charter School
1301 V St NE
Washington, DC 20009
City Collegiate
City Collegiate Public Charter School
3265 South St NW
Washington, DC 20007
Community Academy Public Charter School
Community Academy - Online
1351 Nicolas St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Community Academy - Online
1351 Nicolas St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Community Academy - Amos II
33 Rigs Rd NE
Washington, DC 20011
Community Academy - Rand Technology
1351 Nicolas St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Community Academy - Butler Bilingual
5 Thomas Circlecle NW
Washington, DC 20005
D.c. Bilingual Public Charter School
D.c. Bilingual Public Charter School
1420 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
D.c. Preparatory Academy Public Charter School
D.c. Preparatory -benning Road Campus Public Charter School
701 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017
D.c. Preparatory - Edgewood Middle Campus Public Charter School
701 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017
D.c. Preparatory - Edgewood Middle Campus Public Charter School
701 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017
D.c. Preparatory - Edgewood Elementary Campus Public Charter School
701 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017
District Of Columbia Public Schools
Consolidated Headstart
823 North Capitol St
Washington, DC 20002
Macfarland Middle School
4400 Iowa Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
Woodson Academy
4800 Erie St SE
Washington, DC 20019
Draper Elementary School
908 Wahler Placeace SE
Washington, DC 20032
Shaed Elementary School
301 Douglas St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Benjamin Banneker Academy High School
800 Euclid St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Ross Elementary School
1730 R St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Walker Jones R.h. Terrell Ec
100 L St NW
Washington, DC 20001
School Without Walls Senior High School
2130 G St NW
Washington, DC 20037
E.l. Haynes Public Charter School
E.l. Haynes Public Charter School
3029 14 St NW
Washington, DC 20009
Eagle Academy Public Charter School
Eagle Academy Public Charter School
770 M St SE
Washington, DC 20003
Early Childhood Academy Public Charter School
Early Childhood Academy Public Charter School
4301 9th St SE
Washington, DC 20032
Education Strenghtens Families Public Charter School
Education Strengthens Families (esf) Public Charter School
2355 Ontario Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Public Charter School
Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom Public Charter School
3220 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
Excel Academy Public Charter School
Excel Academy Public Charter School
3845 South Capitol St SW
Washington, DC 20032
Friendship Public Charter School
Friendship - Woodridge Campus
2959 Carlton Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
Friendship - Woodridge Campus
2959 Carlton Ave NE
Washington, DC 20018
Friendship - Woodson (collegiate) Campus
4095 Minnesota Ave NE
Washington, DC 20019
Friendship - Blow Pierce
725 19th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Friendship - Blow Pierce
725 19th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Friendship-chamberlain Public Charter School
1345 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
Friendship-chamberlain Public Charter School
1345 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
Hope Community Academy Public Charter School
Hope Community - Lamond Campus Public Charter School
2917 8th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Hope Community - Tolson Campus Public Charter School
6200 Kansas Ave NE
Washington, DC 20011
Hope Community - Tolson Campus Public Charter School
6200 Kansas Ave NE
Washington, DC 20011
Hospitality Public Charter School
Hospitality Public Charter School
410 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
Howard Road Academy Public Charter School
Howard Road Academy - Jones Memorial Campus
4625 G St SE
Washington, DC 20019
Howard Road Academy - Main Campuspcs
701 Howard Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
Howard Road Academy - Pennsylvania Avenue
3000 Pennsylvania Av SE
Washington, DC 20020
Howard Road Academy - Main Campuspcs
701 Howard Rd SE
Washington, DC 20020
Howard University Middle School Of Math And Science
Howard University Middle School Of Math And Scienc
405 Howard Placeace NW
Washington, DC 20059
Hyde Leadership Public Charter School
Hyde Leadership Public Charter School
101 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Hyde Leadership Public Charter School
101 T St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Ideal Academy Public Charter School
Ideal Academy - Elementary School Public Charter School
6130 North Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20002
Ideal Academy - Elementary School Public Charter School
6130 North Capitol St NW
Washington, DC 20002
Imagine Southeast Public Charter School
Imagine Southeast Pc
421 Alabama Av SE
Washington, DC 20032
Integrated Design Electronics Academy
Integrated Design Electronics Academy
1027 45th St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Integrated Design Electronics Academy
1027 45th St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Kamit Institute Public Charter School
Kamit Institute Public Charter School
100 Peabody St NW
Washington, DC 20019
Kamit Institute Public Charter School
100 Peabody St NW
Washington, DC 20019
Kipp Academy Public Charter School
Kipp Dc Leap Academy
1720 Minnesota Ave SE
Washington, DC 20020
Kipp Dc Will Academy
421 P St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Kipp Dc Will Academy
421 P St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Kipp Dc Key Academy
4801 Benning Rd SE
Washington, DC 20019
Kipp Dc Key Academy
4801 Benning Rd SE
Washington, DC 20019
Kipp Dc Aim Public Charter School
421 Alabama Av SE
Washington, DC 20032
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
Latin America Youth Bilingual Montessori
1375 Missouri Ave NW
Washington, DC 20011
Mary Mcleod Bethune Public Charter School
Mary Mcleod Bethune Public Charter School
5413 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Mary Mcleod Bethune Public Charter School
5413 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Maya Angelou Public Charter School
Maya Angelou - Middle Campus Public Charter School
5600 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Maya Angelou - Shaw Campus Public Charter School
1851 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
Maya Angelou - Evans Campus Public Charter School
5600 East Capitol St NE
Washington, DC 20019
Mei Futures Public Charter School
Mei Futures
1275 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
Meridian Public Charter School
Meridian Public Charter School
1328 Forida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Meridian Public Charter School
1328 Forida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
Nia Community Public Charter School
Nia Community Public Charter School
3845 South Capitol St SW
Washington, DC 20032
Options Public Charter School
Options Public Charter School
1375 East St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Options Public Charter School
1375 East St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Paul Jhs Public Charter School
Paul Junior High School Public Charter School
5800 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School
Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School
1600 Taylor St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Roots Public Charter School
Roots Public Charter School
15 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011
Roots Public Charter School
15 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011
School For Arts In Learning Public Charter School
School For Arts In Learning Public Charter School
1100 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
School For Arts In Learning Public Charter School
1100 16th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Seed Public Charter School
Seed Public Charter School
4300 C St SE
Washington, DC 20019
Seed Public Charter School
4300 C St SE
Washington, DC 20019
Septima Clark Public Charter School
Septima Clark Public Charter School
4625 G St SE
Washington, DC 20019
St. Coletta Special Education Public Charter School
State Operative Agency
The Next Step Public Charter School
Next Step Public Charter School
1419 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter School
2427 Martin Luther K Jr Av SE
Washington, DC 20020
Tree Of Life Public Charter School
Tree Of Life Public Charter School
2315 18th Placeace NE
Washington, DC 20018
Tree Of Life Public Charter School
2315 18th Placeace NE
Washington, DC 20018
Two Rivers Public Charter School
Two Rivers Public Charter School
1227 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Two Rivers Public Charter School
1227 4th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington Latin Public Charter School
3855 Massachusetts Av NW
Washington, DC 20016
Washington Math Science Public Charter School
Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter School
1920 Bladenshurg Rd NE
Washington, DC 20002
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School
4401 8th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
William E. Doar Jr Public Charter School
William E. Doar Jr Public Charter School
705 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017
William E. Doar Jr Public Charter School
705 Edgewood St NE
Washington, DC 20017
Young America Works Public Charter School
Young America Works Public Charter School
6015-17 Chillum Place NE
Washington, DC 20011

Washington DC Education Contact Information

Office Of The State Superintendent
One Judiciary Square
Washington, DC 20001
202-727-6436