Become a DC Teacher
We are looking for talented, dynamic educators to teach where it matters most for the upcoming school year.
We accept applications in all subjects and grade levels for our
116 schools. We are particularly interested in candidates with
a track record of success in the classroom.
DC Teacher Application FAQs
What is LEAP and what are the advantages?
At its core, LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice) is about helping teachers become truly expert at teaching the DCPS Common Core-aligned curriculum – so that every student across the city experiences rich, engaging, and challenging instruction every day. To do this, teachers will engage in a weekly cycle of development in small content-specific professional learning communities (LEAP Teams) at their schools. These teams will be led by content experts (LEAP Leaders) at their schools.
Through LEAP the district is leveraging collaboration through research, emphasizing practice and creating space for it weekly, creating Common-Core aligned adult curriculum, selecting the right LEAP leaders through an extensive selection process, going all in on implementation, and engaging researchers to help learn what’s working and what can be tweaked. You can learn more here.
How do you find DC Teaching jobs near me?
When you apply for a teaching position, go through our application screening process, and are placed into our “Recommended Pool” you will have access to our Open Vacancy feature, which will allow you to see teaching vacancies across the district when they become available.
When do DC Teaching jobs open up?
Positions are typically known in the spring for the upcoming school year. We host three hiring fairs each year to give candidates access to schools.
Are teaching assistant jobs available?
Yes! We are always looking for educational aides to join us in the district. You can find that application here.
When can I apply for a DC teaching position?
The DC Public Schools teaching application for each upcoming school year typically opens up mid-December.
How much do DC teachers get paid?
Teachers at DC Public Schools can start at $56,313. Our average teacher salary is $90, 602. You can explore the DCPS salary scale here.
Can Virginia and Maryland residents apply for teaching jobs?
Yes! We have plenty of educators who reside in Virginia and Maryland, but teach in DC. You can apply for a teaching position with us here.
DCPS teachers serve more than 49,000 students and operate 116 schools across the District of Columbia.
Are you interested in becoming a teacher? DCPS Career Prep Programs provide access to employability skills training, work-based learning, and internship opportunities to DC students.