District of Columbia Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions
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DC accepts direct applications for school administrator licensure from those who graduate from out-of-state, approved educational leadership preparation programs like those offered by WGU. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for DC administrator certification. Additional information about the application process can be found at on the District of Colubmia School Administrator web site.
Step1: Obtain official transcript(s) verifying completion of a state-approved Masters program in Educational Leadership. 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: Download the Administrative Services Credential Application Form and complete sections 1 through 4.
Step 3: Download the Out-of-State Approved Program Verification Form, and complete section1 with your personal information. Send the application form to the contact information below. Fax and email submissions are preferred; email attachments should be in pdf format.
Teachers College Certification Officer
Western Governors University
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107
The Certification Officer will fill out the bottom part of the form and mail it back to you in a sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet.
Step 4: In order to verify the requisite three years of full-time teaching experience or three years of full-time experience in the field of pupil personnel services, download the Employment Verification Form, complete section 1, and submit the form to the proper school district administrator for completion. If necessary, the form may be sent to more than one employing school district for completion. The district will return the form to you in a sealed envelope for inclusion in your application packet.
Step 5: DCPS employees must obtain a criminal history letter as verification of background clearance. All other applicants must complete a FBI background check.
Step 6: Compile your application packet:
1.Completed and signed application form,
2. All official transcripts,
3. Official ETS score report documenting a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA),
4. Completed Out-of-State Approved Program Verification Form,
5. Completed Employment Verification Form(s),
6. Criminal History Letter or FBI Background Check,
7. Application fee of $50 paid in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to DC Treasurer. No personal checks are accepted.
Step 7: 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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