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Together, our team of passionate educators is defying expectations about what DC's students can achieve and changing the path of public education. We're looking for talented, dynamic educators to teach where it matters most for the upcoming school year.

We're on a mission to rewrite the narrative of what an urban public education can do for our students in Washington, D.C. What role will you play? Apply to join us for the 2022-23 school year starting December 14.

Please note that Mid-Year applications will not roll over for the 2022-23 school year. 

JOIN THE NATION'S BEST TEACHERS – AND BECOME EVEN BETTER. We're looking for dynamic teachers who insist on excellence and are passionate about honing their craft. At DCPS, you'll get the feedback you need to do your best work, colleagues who share your high standards, and opportunities to lead without leaving the classroom.

WE PAY OUR TEACHERS LIKE PROFESSIONALS AND CELEBRATE THEM LIKE ROCKSTARS. Top teachers can earn more $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year at DCPS, and win awards of up to $10,000 for classroom excellence. Every year, we recognize the very best with our annual Standing Ovation gala. 

OUR STUDENTS COME FIRST. Our vision is to make sure every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared. Our students and their needs come first in everything we do. We're looking for educators who are committed to giving every child the opportunities and support they need to thrive.

JOIN US. We accept applications in all subjects and grade levels for our 117 schools. We are particularly interested in candidates with a track record of success in the classroom. Watch our webinar about teaching in DCPS.

Know an exceptional teacher who would be a great addition to DCPS? Please send them our way and refer them here.

For any questions, please reach out to our team at [email protected].



"My experience teaching at Aiton Elementary School has been wonderful. From the day I started serving this culturally wealthy community I was welcomed with open arms. Aiton Elementary is a place where all students can excel academically, socially, and emotionally. I’m proud to belong to a community where students, families, and staff members feel safe, valued, cared for, engaged, and respected every time they enter the school building."

–Alejandro Diagranados, Elementary Teacher at Aiton Elementary School

There's nothing DCPS takes more seriously than helping teachers reach their professional peak. Here's how we help teachers grow:

A GROUNDBREAKING TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM (IMPACT). At DCPS, you'll finally have real conversations about teaching that help you get better every day. IMPACT sets a high bar for great instruction, gives all teachers a clear understanding of how they can grow, and provides useful feedback that helps them do their best work. Watch the video on IMPACT.

INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. At its core, LEAP (LEearning together to Advance our Practice) is about helping teachers hone their craft, so every student across the city experiences rich, engaging, and challenging instruction every day. To do this, teachers engage in a weekly cycle of development in small content-specific professional learning communities (LEAP Teams) at their schools. These teams are led by content experts (LEAP Leaders) at their schools.

The Essential Practices are DCPS’ definition of effective instruction and outline the key actions we believe lead to increased student achievement. The Essential Practices provide a common language for effective instruction, which enables us to align IMPACT and professional support. They also provide clear expectations for teachers and illustrate what success looks like in DCPS classrooms.

Check out the Essential Practices and see examples from the Essential Practices Video Library, a growing collection of videos featuring DCPS teachers from all over the district.

AN UNPRECEDENTED TEACHER CAREER LADDER.  Through the Leadership Initiative For Teachers (LIFT), great teachers can extend their reach – for example, leading subject area meet-up groups and shaping district decisions – without leaving the classroom. Take a  look at the DCPS LIFT Guidebook here


“DCPS has been by far the best district I have worked for. I believe DCPS is an organization that focuses on hiring, fostering, and retaining great teachers. I love that I don't have to leave the classroom to receive a salary that reflects my hard work…There are endless resources and opportunities for me to grow within the organization through their professional development. I'm proud to be a DCPS teacher!”

–Lakeisha Brown, Kindergarten Teacher at Lafayette Elementary School

At DCPS, you don't have to choose between doing what you love and making a great living. We believe teachers are highly skilled professionals and should be compensated accordingly.

Our progressive salary scale is the first in the nation to reward excellence in a real way. Top teachers can earn up to $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year at DCPS and win awards of up to $10,000 for classroom excellence.

Simply put, great teachers can earn more in DCPS than in any other district in the DMV area.

"What happens in DC Public Schools has national implications."

–Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

No traditional public school district in the nation has closed the achievement gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

Individual schools have done it. Some charter school networks have done it. But DCPS is going to be the first large urban school system to do it.

Today, we're at the cutting edge of education reform, doing the work that most districts are just talking about. DCPS is the fastest improving urban school district in the nation. 

It all starts with a simple idea: make great teaching the priority. We aim to give every student the chance to learn from an excellent teacher – and defy expectations about what our students are able to achieve.

Every student can excel academically. We're on a mission to show that traditional public school districts – where 95 percent of our nation's students are educated – can succeed at the very highest levels. You can help make it happen at DCPS. Apply to teach with us here. 


EMPOWERING MALES OF COLOR in DCPS is an aligned effort by the District of Columbia Public Schools to identify and assess the current challenges and successes of PK – 12 Black and Latino males. 

Empowering Males of Color (EMOC) programs Support schools in developing effective strategies to enhance the student experience, increase achievement and engagement, and prepare our males of color for college, careers, and life beyond DCPS. The goal is to ensure that males of color receive tailored, academic and personal supports in the form of mentoring enrichment opportunities, social-emotional learning (SEL), specialized experiences, and positive behavioral interventions.


REIGN: EMPOWERING YOUNG WOMEN AS LEADERS is a multi-pronged initiative for young women of color focusing on leadership, health and wellness, and identity. Reign programs work to close the achievement gap by providing programming to students and support to schools so that young women of color can thrive. Reign operations under three major pillars: Innovation Funds, Professional Learning Series, and brace spaces for young women of color to build community, confidence, and leadership. 

To find out more about the Empowering Males of Color and Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders initiatives, please visit


LEAP (Learning together to Advance our Practice)

DCPS is the fastest improving urban school districts in America. Over the past decade, we've nearly doubled the number of students who are proficient in reading and math. As a result of our progress, more and more families are choosing DCPS for their children.

We’re making an unprecedented investment in our teachers. To help ensure every child experiences outstanding instruction every single day in our district, we launched a professional learning program called LEAP (LEearning together to Advance our Practice).

We are helping teachers hone their crafts. LEAP is about creating content-specific, school-based learning teams (LEAP Teams) that engage in a weekly cycle of lesson planning, content knowledge development, formative observations, and student work analysis. The LEAP cycle is grounded in DCPS curricular resources and facilitated by a content-specific leader. 

Take the LEAP and join DCPS! If you love helping support teachers, come join us as a LEAP Team Leader. LEAP Teams will be led by educators who are experts in a particular content area. The team leaders can be a Teacher Leader (a teacher who teaches part-time and coaches part-time), an Instructional Coach (who coaches full-time), or an Assistant Principal (who coaches 75% of the time and supports other school-wide initiatives 25% of the time).

You can become a Teacher Leader through the Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) program, which offers excellent teachers the opportunity to teach for at least 50% of their time in the classroom instructing students and the remainder of their time leading colleagues. TLI Teacher Leaders will receive high-quality professional development and an annual extra duty stipend for fulfilling TLI Teacher Leader responsibilities. To learn more about this exciting initiative, click here.

How to Apply If you’re interested in applying to the TLI Teacher Leader position, apply through our Teacher application. When prompted for Subject Area Selection, check off the box indicating interest in the TLI Program. Upon successful completion of this application, you may be invited to complete a performance task at a school-level interview. All candidates new to the role will need to complete a content assessment administered by the LEAP Content Leader Selection Team.

The LEAP Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) application for the 2022-23 school year will be available on December 14 through the general DCPS Teacher Application. Please note that you must first complete the general Teacher application and have at least three full years of teaching experience to be considered for the position. 

Interested in becoming a full-time Instructional Coach with the LEAP team? Apply here

Teach in DC and go global.

DCPS is delighted to partner with the Peace Corps for the Language Educator Pathway Program (LEPP). This program connects Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with demonstrated multilingual proficiency and global experience to DCPS World Language and English Learner (EL) classrooms. RPCVs who are selected for this program are given an opportunity to continue to apply their developing teaching practice in a U.S. context, and find a professional home in a District that places a high value on global competence.

  • To learn more about the DCPS Language Educator Pathway Program (LEPP) and eligibility requirements for participation, please click here.

DCPS has invested in world language programming in all schools, from early childhood level through advanced high school courses. DCPS world language instruction is aligned with national American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) World Readiness Standards, which seek to link culture and communication through language learning. DCPS has also partnered with ACTFL to provide students with a world-class curriculum that includes all modes of language learning: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Schools offer at least one of the following seven world languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, Japanese, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

The Embassy Adoption Program exposes students to international perspectives and cross-cultural lessons. Through direct interactions with embassies and other global entities, fifth and sixth-grade students attending DC Public Schools have the opportunity to learn about the language, customs, and history of their partner’s home country and culture. To date, more than 50,000 youth have partnered with over 100 embassies representing countries from around the world. The program has received various accolades, including the US Department of Education Award for Outstanding International Education Program.

To find out more about global education within DC Public Schools, please visit






  • For all school-based positions (teacher, principal, educational aide, etc.), please apply here.
  • School security guard applications can be found here
  • Bus driver and attendant positions can be found through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education here

INTERESTED IN STUDENT TEACHING IN ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS? Student teachers must work with their university's Field Experience Coordinator to find a placement in a DCPS school. Then will have to complete the fingerprinting process, as well as submit an up-to-date Tuberculosis (TB) Test results. Learn more about fingerprinting here.   


INTERESTED IN OTHER SCHOOL-BASED POSITIONS? School-based, non-instructional positions (e.g., registrar, administrative aide, etc.) are handled on a school-by-school basis, and we do not have a centralized application for these positions. You would need to contact individual schools to inquire about openings in these areas. Please refer to our "School Profiles" page with more information and contact information on all of our schools. You can access that page here.



  • Find additional information about fingerprinting and drug testing here
  • Find all licensure-related questions here
  • Find answers to all fingerprinting questions here
  • Still want to know more about our Leadership Initiative for Teachers (LIFT)? Listen to our LIFT webinar here
  • Learn more about IMPACT here


HOW CAN I UPLOAD ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS TO MY APPLICATION? To upload additional documents to your application, you will need to visit our website at There, you will log in with your email and password, and upload these documents there. Feel free to upload your documents where it asks for your resume, as these attachments all go to the same place. 


WHAT SECURITY CLEARANCE STEPS DO I NEED TO TAKE? Before officially being offered a position, all teaching candidates must be fingerprinted and complete the mandatory pre-employment drug test within 15 days of receipt of notice of testing requirement. Please note that candidates will not be charged a fee for fingerprinting or mandatory drug testing.

You can find more information regarding the fingerprinting and drug testing process here

“DCPS today recruits high caliber candidates, and retains the highest performers in the city's classrooms.”

– A Policymaker's Playbook: Transforming Public School Teaching
in the Nation's Capital

Our 2022-23 Teacher application is almost here! On December 14, you can apply for a teaching position across our 117 schools, serving more than 49,000 students. Mark your calendars and come join the nation's best teachers.

Please note that Mid-Year applications will not roll over. If you are interested in applying for a Teacher position for the 2022-23 school year, please return to this website in December for further information. 

For a guided walk-through on how to access and complete the Teacher application, click here to view our webinar.

The TeachDC Application Process

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the DCPS Teacher Recruitment and Selection team by email at [email protected]*Please refer to our licensure requirements here

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