Adding an Endorsement to a District of Columbia Teaching License
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The information in this article applies to students enrolled in specific WGU programs. Information on adding endorsements that are not offered by WGU is available through the Obtaining Teaching Endorsement Licensure web page. See also the Application Instructions at the bottom of this article.
PROGRAM SPECIFIC INFORMATION
How to Add an Additional Endorsement
MA Mathematics Education (MAME)
MA Science Education (MASE)
A) Adding an Endorsement at the Same Grade Level (Secondary > Secondary)
If you wish to add an endorsement at the same grade level as your initial license, you may either pass the appropriate Praxis content knowledge exam in the new subject area, or complete a degree major or equivalent (30 semester hours) in the new subject area. More information is available on the Obtaining Teaching Endorsement Licensure web page.
B) Adding an Endorsement at a New Grade Level (Elementary > Secondary)
If you wish to add an endorsement at a New Grade Level (such as an Elementary educator wishing to obtain a Secondary license), you must:
MS Special Education (MSSP)
English Language Learning (ENDELL, MAELL)
If you wish to add an endorsement in a K-12 area such as Special Education or English as a Second Language, you may either pass the appropriate Praxis content knowledge exam in the new subject area, or complete a degree major or equivalent (30 semester hours) in the new subject area. Any Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) exam will satisfy the pedagogy exam requirement, so most applicants will not need to pass a new PLT exam. More information is available on the Obtaining Teaching Endorsement Licensure web page.
Step 1: If applying by completing a degree major or equivlanet, request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see WGU Transcript Request. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 2: If necessary, order an original examinee score report documenting passing scores on all required Praxis exams. You may do this by calling ETS at 1-800-772-9476 or by submitting the Additional Score Report Request Form via fax or mail. You must submit an original score report, not a copy, with your application.
Step 3: Download and complete the Application for Added Teaching Endorsement.
Step 4: DCPS employees must obtain a criminal history letter as verification of background clearance. All other applicants must complete a FBI background check.
Step 5: Once you receive your transcripts and completed application form, compile your application packet:
1.Completed and signed application form,
2. All official transcripts,
3. Official Praxis score report documenting all passing scores on required exams,
4. Official copy of your arrest and criminal history record and FBI background check,
5. Application fee. The application fee is $50 for each subject area for which you are applying for licensure. The fee must be paid in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to DC Treasurer. No personal checks are accepted.
Step 6: Mail the completed packet to
OSSE – Division of Education Excellence
Educator Licensure and ACcreditation
810 First Street, NE 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20002
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