Regular II (Initial Certificate) (DC)

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Regular II (Initial Certificate) (DC)

The Regular II License is the Initial Certificate in DC. It authorizes the holder to teach the specific subjects listed on the document.

License Valid for 4 years
Employment: Not Required

The following states may accept this route:
Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

State Information
State: District of Columbia
Contact Name: Educator Licensure and Accreditation
Contact Phone: 202-741-5881
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:
BA Degree + Completed State Approved Teacher Education Program


Basic Skills
In most states, teachers must verify basic skills in English (Reading and Writing) and Mathematics through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Basic Skills may also be met by meeting an equivalency score determined by the State Superintendent of Education on the SAT, ACT or GRE.

SAT, ACT, and GRE and Praxis I scores are accepted until 8/2016.

Teacher Preparation
In most states, teachers are required to complete training in education methods through a teacher program.
The following is required for this route:
State Approved Teacher Education Program
Student Teaching

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:


Course needed: 30 semester hours of coursework
Will NOT Accept Scores from Out of State

World Languages with no adopted Content Language exams (K-12) will take the Praxis World Languages Pedagogy exam. Contact OSSE for additional available language certifications.

Modern & Classical Languages: 30 Semester Hours of Coursework and Praxis World Languages Pedagogy Exam

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
OSSE – Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Educator Licensure and Accreditation
810 First Street, NE, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002

Copy of Academic Transcripts: Required

Copy of International Records: Required
Transcript Evaluation Required

Background Check

Renewal: Renewable
Teachers may apply for renewal every 4 years. Please see

Individuals who have completed a DC approved teacher program must have an Approved Program Recommendation form (attached) on file with the DC Certification/Licensure Office. Contact an officer from the approved program to verify that a recommendation has been sent.

DC Program Graduates must submit the following documents:
-Application for Regular II Licensure;
-Official transcript or student issued transcript sealed in a college/university envelope documenting completion of a BA.
-Verification of successful completion of a state-approved teacher program (see “DC Directory of State Approved Programs”)
-Teacher Licensure Exams – The In-State Program Verification and Licensure Recommendation Form submitted by the institution with score results;
-An original fingerprint supported nation-wide Criminal History Report that has been issued within the previous 12 months. The report must be sealed in the official envelope mailed by the agency issuing the criminal history background report. (Photo-copies and local-only criminal history reports will not be accepted). See attached “DC Criminal History Report DCPS employees” OR “DC Non-DCPS Employee Background Check.”
Criminal history record/background required with application.

If employed in a DC Public School, visit:

If NOT employed in a DC Public School, visit:

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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