DC Teacher Applications

DC Teacher Applications

We are looking for talented, dynamic educators to teach where it matters most for the upcoming school year.

Teach.Lead.Build.

Our 2022-23 teacher application is live! Come join the nation’s best teachers and apply for a teaching position across our 116 schools, serving more than 49,000 students. Once the school year begins, we will review applications on a rolling basis.

Applications for SY 22-2023 are now open!

If you are interested in applying for a teacher position for the 2022-23 school year, please apply below. Once the school year begins, we will review applications on a rolling basis.

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I’m not ready to apply but I’m interested in learning more about the DC teacher process, online application, and criteria.

The TeachDC Application Process

Our 2022-23 Teacher application is almost here!
You can apply for a teaching position across our 117 schools.
Mark your calendars and come join the nation's best teachers.

  • Registration and Pre-Employment Questions

    Candidates will need to register an account before completing their Teacher application. Once registered, return to the Teacher application page and click "Apply". After completing the pre-employment questions, candidates will be redirected to the Candidate Dashboard to complete the rest of the application.

  • Initial Application

    Candidates will complete the rest of the Teacher application in their Candidate Dashboard. Here, candidates will answer questions about their employment history, teacher credential status, and subject area preferences. Candidates will also be asked to complete two short-answer responses.

  • Phone Interview

    If advanced, candidates will be invited to a 45-minute interview over the phone (or via Skype if located outside of the U.S.) with a current DCPS teacher. At this stage, candidates will also be asked to submit two professional references.

  • Recommended Pool

    Candidates who pass through all stages of the screening process will advance to the Teacher Recommended Pool. Once here, candidates can view and indicate interest in specific vacancies. School leaders may conduct additional screenings at the school level. Please note, there are minimum eligibility requirements regarding licensure to move through the screening and hiring process. DCPS will be monitoring to ensure all staff members requiring a teaching credential receive one by March 1, 2022.

How To Complete the DCPS Teacher Application

Here is a guided walkthrough on applying to DC Public Schools for the current school year if you have not started an application yet.

If you have any other troubles or issues, please email us at teach.dcps@k12.dc.gov. Thank you!

DC Teacher Eligibility Requirements

All DCPS teachers need a valid teaching credential (license), issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Please note that OSSE is a separate government agency from DC Public Schools that sets forth the credential qualifications and manages the credentialing process.

We are aware that many candidates will not have their OSSE-issued credential upon applying for a position. As such, candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria (see below) can still advance through the teacher screening process.

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 completed licensure application to OSSE.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria to Advance Through Screening Process*

Candidates who meet at least one of the following conditions are eligible to advance through the teacher application screening process:

  • Passing score on the Praxis Core basic skills exams or Praxis I (reading, writing, and math) or waiver via SAT/ACT/GRE/PCMAS or cumulative 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • Active and full OSSE-issued credential or active and full license from another state 
  • Enrollment in a teacher preparation program AND proof of registration for Praxis Core basic skills exams (reading, writing, and math), proof of registration for other state-equivalent, or waiver via SAT/ACT/GRE/PCMAS or cumulative 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • At least two years of teaching experience with a rating of effective or higher as measured by a summative evaluation rating or by the student growth component of an evaluation rating AND proof of registration for Praxis Core (reading, writing, and math) or waiver via SAT/ACT/GRE/PCMAS, or cumulative 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA.

Visit our Candidate Resources to learn more about the criteria to be selected for hire and to help guide you through the application process. For additional questions about your teacher application, please email @email.

Do I need a teaching credential to apply to teach in DCPS?

Given the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) has granted DCPS a final year of licensure flexibility for new hires for SY 21-22.

Although a license is not required to apply to teach in DCPS, consistent with governing regulations (5-A DCMR §1601.1), a valid teaching credential, issued by OSSE is required to teach in DCPS. DCPS will be monitoring to ensure that all staff members in positions requiring a license are licensed by March 1, 2022. Teachers not licensed by this date will be terminated effective the end of SY 21-22.

Explore our SY 2022-23 Licensure Update

I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education:

We have teacher residency pipeline partnerships that we maintain to help prepare recent college graduates, career changers, and outstanding paraprofessionals to be highly effective teachers in our schools. You can explore them here [insert teacher page with residency information]

Additionally, you can qualify to teach in DCPS if you meet our minimum eligibility requirements and are able to receive a DC teaching license.

I am already certified in another state and want to teach in DC:

Applicants for a DC teacher credential who hold an active full credential or license issued in another US state or territory may qualify for issuance of a DC credential based upon reciprocity. Reciprocity may only be applied during your first application for a DC educator credential. Learn more about reciprocity here.

I want to be a teacher in the District of Columbia, but don’t have a degree:

Due to credentialing requirements, all DCPS teachers must have a bachelor’s degree in order to obtain a teaching license to teach in a classroom. You can explore our application minimum eligibility requirements here.

Start the Application

Start a teacher application here, and navigate to the correct school year
for which you would like to apply. Note you must register or log in
before you can start your application.

DC Teacher Application FAQs

Did you already start an application?

If you have already started an application for the upcoming school year (SY 2022-23), click here to return to the Candidate Dashboard to continue your application. For a guided walk-through on how to complete the Teacher application, click here to view our webinar. Please note that all candidates must reapply for the upcoming school year.

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I’m a current DCPS teacher looking to transfer schools

If you are a current DCPS teacher looking to transfer schools, you will be able to complete the application with your k12.dc.gov email beginning in January. For more information on completing the internal transfer process, please follow our guide here. Please note: It is required that you complete a modified version of the Teacher application, but you will not need to complete the short-answer responses or other evaluative components of our application process.

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Health and Safety

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes all eligible booster shots, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs in violation of EEO laws. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by uploading a copy of your vaccination card, or uploading proof of your approved medical or religious exemption, to your candidate dashboard. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia. If you are granted an exemption, you must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing and will be required to upload weekly a negative COVID-19 test to maintain employment with the Government of the District of Columbia. You will not be extended an offer of employment until you comply with the requirement to upload your vaccination card or your approved medical or religious exemption.

This position is a safety-sensitive position. All safety-sensitive positions are subject to mandatory pre-employment drug testing in accordance with the Child and Youth, Safety and Health Omnibus Act of 2004.  If you are tentatively selected for this position, you will be required to submit to testing for illegal drug use prior to employment, and your employment shall be contingent upon negative test results. If you are appointed into this position, you shall be subject to mandatory random drug and alcohol testing throughout your employment.