- License Application (applications are below)
- Money order for $50 made out to "DC Treasurer"
- FBI check
- Passing PRAXIS CORE scores (Reading: 156, Writing: 162, Math: 150)
- Passing PRAXIS II scores according to subject - can be found on the ETS website
- Licenses can take up to 3 months to process once we receive all necessary documentation
- Teacher License Form
- Regular I License Form
- Teaching Endorsement Licensure
- Praxis Pass Scores
- Employment Verification Form
- DCPS Fingerprints instructions
- DCPS Licensure FAQs
- CL for FBI Check
- Fingerprint Card Application
- Fingerprinting Location and Instructions
* Library students must have a Master's degree in order to receive a license in
All of Catholic University's teacher education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) now CAEP and state-approved by the District of Columbia.
Interstate (Reciprocity) Agreement
Because the District of Columbia has signed an interstate (reciprocity) agreement with 47 states, candidates who apply to the District for their Regular II standard teaching license will be eligible for applying for a license with those other states (once they meet their new state's licensure requirements). The following states are included in the interstate agreement:
Early in their programs candidates should contact individual state jurisdictions where they are seeking employment for specific courses and tests necessary for full licensure.
PLEASE NOTE: Completing a teacher preparation program does not automatically result in teaching licensure. Candidates must make formal application to each state in which they seek a license and obtain passing scores on both PRAXIS CORE/CASE and PRAXIS II (or other) tests for
The best way to be licensed in any of these states is to apply first for a teaching license in the District of Columbia and then submit an application to the other state(s) in which licensure is sought. The District of Columbia application forms for licensure are available on the departmental website.
Candidates must submit their completed application along with a $50 money order or cashier's check payable to "DC Treasurer" and a criminal background check sealed in an envelope to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Office of Educator Licensure at 810 1st Street NE, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20002.
Candidates become eligible for a teaching license upon completing their program as confirmed by the registrar. The office of the Director of Teacher Education completes the program completion form and submits it to the office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Candidates are required to submit their application package directly to OSSE.