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Teach in a thriving
communal school district
Washington, D.C.’s District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is a community-based district serving around 50,000 students across 116 schools.¹

Diverse student body
Washington D.C. is home to a proudly diverse student body with 56% of DCPS students identifying as Black, 22% as Hispanic, and 2% as Asian.¹

Work with diverse administrators
and educators
Join a diverse staff! In Washington D.C., 59% of principals and 43% of teachers are Black or African American.²

Small classrooms, strong relationships
The average student to teacher ratio in the District of Columbia Public Schools is 12 to 1, enabling teachers to work closely with their students.³

Teach with autonomy
Washington D.C. is committed to teacher autonomy with 95% of teachers reporting having some control over their teaching methods and 84% reporting they have some control over the topics taught in their classrooms.2

Happy teachers, high retention
Washington D.C. boasts an 80%+ teacher retention rate for the past 5 years. In the 2023-24 school year, 83% of teachers were retained in D.C. and 74% were retained in the same school as the previous year.4

Sources: ¹ District of Columbia Public Schools ² National Statistics of Educational Statistics
³ US News District of Columbia Public SchoolsD.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Moreland University partners with school districts across the United States to support teachers through
certification and continuing education programs.

Don’t see your district above? Not currently working in a school district?
No worries! These are just some of our U.S. partnerships. Even if we don’t partner directly with your district or if you aren’t working in a school district, we can still help you achieve teaching certification and educator success. Keep scrolling to discover the Moreland University difference for teachers in Washington, D.C.


“I have found Moreland’s program to be rigorous and the curriculum holds a high standard for our teachers to be effectively prepared to enter the classroom. All the staff at Moreland have been collaborative and very easy with whom to work. We have regular meetings to assess progress and provide information sessions to our educators. The Moreland staff is timely in their communications and very responsive to our needs.”

Brittany Mackel
Instructional Specialist
Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland

“It’s important for students to be able to see themselves in their teachers. It’s pivotal for us to be able to recruit and bring in teachers that can inspire students from all areas. There are so many different pathways to enter our profession, and we’re looking for people with bachelor’s degrees that didn’t necessarily go to school to be teachers. Not that we don’t want people who went to school to be teachers, of course, but we also want people that come from unique backgrounds. Kids have to look at their teachers and say, ‘Oh, that looks like me! I can do that! Oh, that’s another way of seeing the world.’ So, we need people from all over and all different types of industry to really consider ‘what kind of gifts do I have?”

Dumarie Rodriguez-Dillard
Director of Leadership Pathways, Recruitment/Retention
& Certification
Seminole County Public Schools in Florida

“Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW certification program has and continues to help Clayton County educators achieve professional certification in just 9 months. TEACH-NOW consistently meets our teachers’ demands for an affordable program with a quick enrollment process, which has resulted in the retention of many educators who would have otherwise faced non-renewal. This program is my top recommendation due to its cost-effectiveness and ability to cater to diverse needs while ensuring initial certification with only the necessary Georgia assessments. My positive perception of TEACH-NOW was further strengthened when my district partnered with them. The exceptional personalized support we receive from the Moreland Team is invaluable as we collaboratively work toward shared goals.”

Rose Wilson
Human Resources Certification Manager, Clayton
County Public Schools

“Sometimes people make the assumption that there’s a cookie-cutter background they have to match. The worst thing they can do is discount their own experiences. A lot of times when we talk to career changers about their perspective and what they’re interested in teaching, they ask me about background. Does it match? It doesn’t have to match. You have to have a passion for kids — a desire to leave a legacy with them and to impact the next generation. Cause day in and day out you’ll have some rough days, but that passion is there. The background is secondary to your passion.”

Quiana Peterson
Instructional Recruitment Partner
Lake County Schools in Florida

“You should know it’s a sellers’ market. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t have a traditional teaching degree, school districts are looking for everyone — especially folks like you who have expertise and some things that folks who came out of traditional education preparation programs might not have. Folks who come out of these [traditional] educational preparation programs are 21, 22. They don’t have the same type of background that you have in terms of the professional field.”

Dr. Daman Harris
Manager, PDS Program and IHE Partnerships
Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland


Curious about what it takes to become a certified teacher in Washington, D.C.? Discover the key requirements you’ll need
to meet to get your D.C. teaching certification:

General Requirements
Explore the essential steps to certification — from earning a bachelor’s degree to passing certification exams to applying for D.C. teacher certification.

Testing Requirements
Understand the required Praxis exams and how to submit your scores to The Office of the State Superintendent for Education (OSSE).

Teacher Education Requirements
Learn about the education pathways available to aspiring D.C. teachers, whether your degree is in education or another field.

Download this comprehensive guide that offers a streamlined view of how to become a certified teacher in the District of Columbia.

Moreland’s high-quality programs designed with a unique global cohort model ignite innovation and collaboration
among instructors and fellow educators from around the world — equipping you with the knowledge, global network,
and skills to thrive as a teacher in Washington, D.C.

Moreland’s nine-month online teacher preparation certificate program helps you gain a 360-degree understanding of teaching and empowers you for teaching success in Washington, D.C.

  • Completable in 9 months
  • 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous
    engagement
  • Global cohort model
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans and financing options
  • Monthly start dates
  • Suitable for current and aspiring educators around the world
  • Option to add on an M.Ed. through Moreland University

Another pathway to certification in Washington, D.C. is our online M.Ed. with teaching credential, which can be completed in 12 months — helping you level up your teaching career.

  • Completable in 12 months
  • 100% online with synchronous and asynchronous
    engagement
  • 6 specializations in impactful fields
  • Global cohort model
  • Affordable tuition with payment plans and financing options
  • Multiple start dates each year
  • Suitable for current and aspiring educators around the world

Need help deciding? Our admissions representatives are happy to chat 1:1 about your specific goals, interests, and needs — including financing options via Sallie Mae.

See what U.S. educators have to say about Moreland University:

“What I loved most about Moreland University was that they were very flexible, and the instructors were very supportive and very informative. Whenever I had questions, they were available and would respond…almost immediately. And they were very clear when they answered the question. It was such a great program to be a part of, especially when I was working full time as a teacher both when I got my certification and when I did the master’s add-on.”

Carisa Frisby
Arizona educator
M.Ed. Educational Research with Certificate graduate, 2021

“Moreland University’s programs, the instructors and staff, will work with a student when “life happens” as they understand that we are all balancing demanding careers, certification and/or master’s work and family needs as we complete our studies. The convenience was one of the major factors that attracted me to Moreland University, as well as the small cohort size, quality of instructors, not to mention the affordability. I changed careers after retiring early and I am very happy with the education that I have received, particularly as it relates to technology in the classroom. I am a better teacher, and more than qualified, as a result of Moreland University’s array of programs and degrees.”

Beth Gambrell
U.S. educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2023

“It is very accessible yet teaches hands-on practical things to future-teachers. I also made wonderful friends around the world in my cohort.”

Duo Chen
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2022

“The classroom has totally changed since I was a kid. All the technology, software, and tools available! I wanted to learn about that. Also, I wanted guidance on classroom management…The main appeal for me was that you can be anywhere in the world and take the classes and do the curriculum with Moreland University.”

Janie Mabe
Virginia educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2022

“What I like most about Moreland University is the ease of being able to connect online and having knowledgeable professors that constantly support you. Especially when English is your second language, and it is not easy for you to express yourself widely.”

Brenda Guerrero de Deniz
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2023

“As a graduate student at Moreland University, I benefit from the high-quality academic programs and rigorous standards of education. My instructors are renowned for their expertise, dedication to teaching, and commitment to fostering an engaging learning environment. My cohort provides a supportive and collaborative platform.”

Elizabeth Rakis
Maryland educator
TEACH-NOW graduate, 2024



You’ve got questions about becoming a certified teacher in Washington, D.C., and we’ve got answers!

How do I become a teacher in Washington, D.C.?

Becoming a teacher in D.C. typically involves several steps, such as earning your bachelor’s degree, completing an educator preparation program (such as Moreland University’s nine-month TEACH-NOW Teacher Preparation Certificate Program), completing the applicable Praxis exams, undergoing an FBI background check including fingerprinting, and applying for your teaching license in Washington, D.C.

If you have questions about the process of getting your teaching certification in Washington, D.C., Moreland University admissions representatives would be happy to chat more. Give us a call at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at admissions@moreland.edu.

Do I need a teaching certification to teach in Washington, D.C.?

Washington D.C. requires teachers to have a valid teaching license that demonstrates you have completed the necessary education and training. Even though provisional teaching certificates are available, they are non-renewable; Provisional certificates in D.C. are only applicable for one term upon issuance.

What are the types of teaching certificates in Washington, D.C.?

There are a few educator licensures in Washington, D.C. that current and aspiring teachers should be aware of.

Types of Washington D.C. Certificates:

Standard Teacher Credential: Renewable certifications granted to applicants that have completed all the standards for teacher certification.
Initial Teacher Credential: Initial teacher credentials are nonrenewable certificates issued to applicants that meet some requirements but not all for the full teacher certification. These certificates are good for 3 years from the date of issuance.
One-Year Provisional Credential: One-year Provisional Credentials are nonrenewable teaching certificates that are good for one year. They are issued when a school needs a teacher and there is no fully certified educator available.

If you’re considering teaching without certification, it’s essential to research the specific requirements and opportunities available in D.C. and consult with educational organizations for guidance.

What are the requirements for teacher certification in Washington, D.C.?

To become a teacher in Washington, D.C., you must meet the following requirements:

Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
Have completed an approved educator preparation program (EPP), such as Moreland’s TEACH-NOW program. Moreland University is an approved EPP in Washington, D.C.
Pass the required Praxis certification exams. In Washington, D.C., required tests are based on the grade level and subject area you wish to teach.
Pass a criminal background check, including official fingerprinting
Apply for certification with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)

It’s important to note that requirements and procedures may change over time, so it’s advisable to check with OSSE or the District of Columbia Public Schools for the most up-to-date information.

If you have further questions about the requirements for getting your teaching license in D.C., Moreland University admissions representatives would be happy to chat more. Give us a call at 1 (844) 283-2246 or email us at admissions@moreland.edu

What are the steps to get a teaching certification in Washington, D.C.?

To get a standard teacher credential or full teaching certification in Washington, D.C., you’ll typically need to follow these steps:

1. Earn a bachelor’s degree: Obtain a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
2. Complete an educator preparation program: Enroll in and complete an approved educator preparation program (EPP), like Moreland’s TEACH-NOW online teacher preparation program. Moreland University is an approved EPP in Washington, D.C.
3. Pass the required Praxis exams: Take and pass the required Praxis exams, which can vary based on the subject and grade level(s) you wish to teach.
4. Complete necessary documentation: Complete any necessary forms and documentation through your EPP.
5. Apply for licensure: Submit an application for licensure to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) in Washington, D.C. Be sure to Include all necessary documents, including transcripts, Praxis exam scores, and proof of completion of a teacher preparation program.
6. Undergo a background check with fingerprinting: Washington, D.C. teachers must pass an FBI background check that includes fingerprinting.
7. Earn your teacher certification in Washington, D.C.!

It’s important to note that specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on factors such as the subject area, grade level, and type of certification. Be sure to check with check with OSSE or the District of Columbia Public Schools for the most up-to-date information.

How do I maintain my Washington, D.C. teaching certification?

To maintain your teaching certification in Washington D.C., you typically need to fulfill certain requirements for renewal. To renew your certification, you’ll need to:

Complete Continuing Education: To renew your teacher certification in Washington D.C., you will need to complete 120 continuing education hours (or 8 semester credit hours), in the 4 years proceeding renewal. A minimum of 60 hours must be directly related to the credential you would like to renew.
Ensure Your Background Check is Up to Date: When renewing your teacher certification in D.C., you’ll need to submit an Identity History Summary Check (IHSC). You will not have to redo the background check, but your previous background check information will need to be on file with OSSE for them to submit your information for IHSC approval.
Submit Renewal Application: Prior to the expiration of your certification in D.C., you’ll need to submit a renewal application to the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). The renewal application may require you to provide evidence of completing continuing education hours or credits.
Pay Renewal Fee: As of 2024, the fee for renewing your teaching credential in Washington D.C. is $50.

By completing these steps and fulfilling the renewal requirements, you can maintain your D.C. teaching certification and continue teaching in D.C. schools. Be sure to check with OSSE for the most current information and guidance regarding certification renewal.

How long does it take to become a certified teacher in Washington, D.C.?

The timeline to become a certified teacher in Washington, D.C. can vary depending on several factors, including your education and the type of certification you’re pursuing.

Both the traditional and alternative certification pathways require a bachelor’s degree, which usually takes four years of full-time study to earn (or longer if enrolled part time).

Those who have already completed their bachelor’s degree and would like to transition into teaching (or if you are already teaching and want to gain your standard licensure or full certification), will need to complete an approved educator preparation program (EPP) like that offered by Moreland University, an approved EPP in the District of Columbia.

While these programs can take more than a year to complete with coursework and field experience, Moreland offers an accelerated pathway that empowers you to complete your EPP requirement in just 9 months (including 12 weeks of clinical learning/ student teaching).

Before applying for certification, you’ll also need to pass the required Praxis certification exams and complete an FBI background check. The time it takes to prepare for and pass the certification exams can vary, as can the processing time for background checks.

How much do Washington, D.C. teachers make?

Pay for Washington, D.C. educators can vary based on factors such as subject, grade, and experience. However, the National Education Association reports that Washington, D.C. teachers make an average of $84,882 a year (for approximately 10 months of teaching with summers off). This is the fifth highest average salary in the nation.

Those who pursue a master’s degree, which Moreland also offers options for, can often make even more money while increasing their career trajectory.

How much money can I make starting out as a Washington, D.C. teacher?

Washington, D.C. teachers have the highest average starting salaries in the nation, according to the National Education Association. The NEA reports that D.C. educators have an average starting salary of $63,373 (as of 2024). This is typically for ~10 months of work as teachers get the summer and time during the year off.

Why should I choose Moreland University as an educator in Washington, D.C.?

There are many reasons Moreland University is a great option for current and aspiring educators in Washington, D.C.

Notably, Moreland University is accredited – ensuring our programs meet high standards of quality and are recognized by employers and state education agencies. While programs are offered 100% online, Moreland University is based in Washington, D.C. Our prominent presence in the nation’s capital paired with our strong reputation for producing highly qualified educators in the U.S. and abroad provides our candidates with credibility in the field and a global support network.

How can I learn more about becoming a certified teacher in Washington, D.C.?

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is an invaluable resource that can guide you through the teacher certification process in Washington, D.C.

The OSSE website provides comprehensive information on the steps to becoming a certified teacher, exam requirements, how to apply for a D.C. teaching license, and more. You can also find information on Washington D.C. educator preparation programs like Moreland University’s TEACH-NOW program.

We take great pride in being pioneers of online global teacher education and helping our candidates and alumni thrive.

Distance Education Accrediting Commission
Accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency, and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
CAEP is the principal accrediting body for schools of education in the United States. We were the first online program to be accredited by CAEP.

The Office of the State Superintendent for Education
The Office of the State Superintendent for Education reviews and approves all programs operating in Washington, DC, and leading to a teaching license.

At Moreland University, we offer flexible programs with monthly cohort start dates, enabling you to apply and enroll at any time.