Alternative Route Towards Certification (DC)

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Those who have completed a bachelor’s degree in their area of expertise, but do not hold a teaching degree, may still qualify for an Initial Credential when they are enrolled in an OSSE-approved educator preparation program (EPP), pass the required examinations, and meet background check requirements. Candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria can advance through the teacher application. Please note that all candidates should be working toward securing their teaching credential, as candidates will not receive an official offer letter until their credential has been issued by OSSE OR until they can provide proof of submission of a complete licensure application to OSSE. For detailed requirements for the alternative certification route, please, refer to Option 1 under the Initial Teacher Credentialing routes. Note that some EPPs offer degree-granting programs at undergraduate and/or graduate level, while some programs are non-degree-granting and offer coursework that lead to eligibility to apply for a credential without a resulting academic degree.

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State Information
State: District of Columbia
Contact Name: OSSE’s Division of Teaching and Learning Educator Credentialing
Contact Phone: (202) 727-6436
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Last updated on: January 27, 2021
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