Washington DC Teacher Certification Renewal

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Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in Washington DC


Teaching Certification Renewal

After four years, a professional teaching license in Washington D.C. expires, and teachers must submit for renewal.

In order to be eligible for renewal, teachers must show they have developed professionally during their employment as teachers. Teachers must complete six semester hours or 90 contract hours of professional activities to renew their licenses. Some examples of professional activities include:

  • Coursework at an accredited university
  • Workshops, seminars, or conferences sponsored by a local agency or school district

When renewing their licenses, candidates must fill out a renewal application form.

Candidates should fill out all application information, including official transcripts and documentation of workshops or other professional development activities. Teachers seeking renewal must show a minimum of three semesters of professional development directly related to their endorsement areas. The remaining hours may consist of general education or instructional development.

Completed applications may be sent to the Washington D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education at:

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

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Reinstatement of Certification

Teachers whose licenses have already expired must undergo the same process for reinstatement as teachers who must renew. There are no additional requirements.