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:

Alabama Illinois Nevada Rhode Island
Arkansas Indiana New Hampshire South Carolina
California Kentucky New Jersey Tennessee
Colorado Louisiana New Mexico Texas
Connecticut Maine New York Utah
Delaware Maryland North Carolina Vermont
Department of Defense Schools Massachusetts North Dakota Virginia
Florida Michigan Ohio Washington
Georgia Mississippi Oklahoma West Virginia
Hawaii Montana Oregon Wyoming
Idaho Nebraska Pennsylvania  


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 teaching license.  Information on PRAXIS CORE/CASE and PRAXIS II is available from the academic advisor, education faculty and at the ETS website.

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 and any required payments to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

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.