DC Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions

Note: To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a Bachelor’s degree, a post baccalaureate certification or a Master of Special Education degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Teaching degree must have marks of "passed” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments.

Please review the ECIS User Guidebook for complete instructions on how to setup a user account and submit your online District of Columbia teaching license application. Below is only a summary of required documents to complete your application:

  • Transcripts
    • 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 Transcript Request, Official WGU. Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Masters students may request a transcript after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Masters program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet. 
  • Praxis Score Report
    • If you need to order a score report, please click here for more information.
  • Background Check
    • Submit documentation of the required FBI background check. DCPS employees seeking licensure who have already completed the background clearance process will be provided with electronic access to their criminal history information by DCPS.
  • Out of State Approved Program Verification form. Complete Section 1 and then email the partially-completed PDF document to licensure@wgu.edu. The Licensure Office will complete the form and email it back to you to upload to your online application.

If you have not already submitted your exam scores to WGU, you will need to send a copy of those scores to the Certification Officer so that your licensure recommendation can be completed. All required basic skills, content and pedagogy exam scores must be on file with WGU before the Licensure Office can complete the Out of State Approved Program Verification form mentioned above.




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