Washington DC Substitute Teaching License

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Individuals who wish to serve as substitute teachers in Washington D.C. must apply for certification from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).


Education Requirements

In D.C., candidates are required to obtain at least bachelor's degrees in order to be eligible for a substitute teacher's license. There are no other educational requirements.

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There are no examinations candidates must pass to receive substitute teaching certifications.


Experience Requirements

Candidates seeking substitute teacher licensure in D.C. do not need to meet any experience requirements.

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Document and Application Requirements

Candidates who have obtained bachelor's degrees may undergo the application process to become a certified substitute teacher in D.C.

The first step is to print and complete Form F-6. Applicants must complete all background information and include the following items in their application packets:

  • Official transcripts sealed in a university or college envelope
  • An official copy of your arrest and criminal history record
  • An application fee of $30 in the form of cashier's check or money order payable to “DC Treasurer.”

Candidates should submit their completed packets to the OSSE at:

OSSE – Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Educator Licensure and Accreditation
810 First Street, NE 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002


Criminal History Background Check

All applicants for teacher certification in D.C. must complete background checking and fingerprinting to be eligible for certification. Current employees of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) may obtain fingerprints from the DCPS Office of Human Resources at:

DCPS Office of Human Resources
1200 First Street
NE Washington, DC 20002

Out of state applicants must obtain background checks from the FBI. Candidates have the option of submitting a request directly from the FBI or contacted an FBI-approved Channeler.


Contact Information

For more information on earning certification as a substitute teacher in D.C., contact the certification office at educator.licensurehelp@dc.gov or call at 202-741-5881.