Become a Teacher in Washington D.C.
WASHINGTON D.C. HIGHLIGHTS
Avg. Elementary School Teacher Salary:$68,920
Avg. Secondary School Teacher Salary:$62,340
Vacation Weeks per Year:9
Expenditure per Pupil:$20,269
Teacher salaries are provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics report.
WASHINGTON D.C. OFFICE OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATIONosse.dc.gov/
810 1st Street NE, Ninth Floor
Washington, D.C. 20002
- Washington D.C. Teacher Shortage Areas
- Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Washington D.C.
- Alternative Teacher Certification in Washington D.C.
- Benefits of a Master's Degree in Washington D.C.
- Certification Reciprocity in Washington D.C.
- Financial Aid in Washington D.C.
- Washington D.C. Teacher Salary and Incentives
- Washington D.C. Teacher Benefits and Retirement
- Professional Development for Washington D.C. Teachers
- Washington D.C. Teaching Jobs
- Washington D.C. Teacher Certification Information and Links
A teacher shortage area is defined by the U.S. Department of Education as “an area of specific grade, subject matter or discipline classification, or a geographic area in which … there is an inadequate supply of elementary or secondary school teachers.” The Department allows states to identify their own teacher shortage areas, but encourages them to follow a prescribed methodology based on unfilled teaching positions, teaching positions filled by instructors with irregular certifications, and positions filled by teachers certified in other subject areas.
- Career and Technical Education
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- English as a Second Language
- English Language Arts and Reading
- Foreign Languages
- Health and Physical Education
- Home Economics
- Military Science
- Social Studies
- Special Education
Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 10/19/2016
To earn an initial teaching certification in the state of Washington D.C., teaching candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Step One: Complete a bachelor’s degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
- Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program.
- Step Three: Pass required exams.
- Step Four: Submit a Washington D.C. teaching credential application.
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To earn your Washington D.C. teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program.
All states require that certified teachers have, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Washington D.C. only requires that teachers’ bachelor’s degrees be earned at an accredited college or university and meet the qualifications for credentialing listed above.
To earn your teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in the District of Columbia can be found on the website of the Office of the State Superintendent of Education.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep.
The District of Columbia offers a Post-Baccalaureate certification alternative that involves intensive on-the-job training and mentoring. The D.C. Teaching Fellows program helps a variety of professionals earn their credential while teaching at high-need schools in the D.C. area. The program is focused on bringing in energetic and talented teachers to help close the achievement gap in D.C. Participants undergo an intensive eight-week training program before entering the classroom and are enrolled in the The New Teacher Project Academy during their first year.
The Mid-Atlantic Region Troops to Teachers program is another route to alternate teacher certification in Washington D.C. The program is designed to assist retiring military personnel pursue rewarding second careers in public education.
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It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After the No Child Left Behind Act, Every Student Succeeds Act, and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A master's degree in the field of education can give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.
After a master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security as well as higher pay. Even a first-year teacher in D.C. can receive an annual salary bump of $3,616 for holding a master’s instead of just a bachelor’s, according to the District of Columbia Public Schools. And this salary increase grows with each year of experience.
Learn more about the benefits of a Master of Arts in Teaching vs. Master of Education on Teach.com.
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Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. Learn more about teacher certification reciprocity on Teach.com. Or, for more specific questions about reciprocity in Washington, D.C., contact the Washington D.C. State Board of Education.
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the average teacher in D.C. makes $71,110 per year. This can vary widely, however, depending on level of experience.
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D.C. education jobs come with health insurance, basic life insurance, dental and optical insurance, a teacher retirement plan, and a variety of additional benefits. In general, D.C. teachers are eligible to retire at the age of 62, at the age of 60 with 20 years of service, at the age of 55 with 30 years of service if they were hired before November 1st, 1996, and at any age with 30 years of service if they were hired after November 1st, 1996. For more information, visit the D.C. Public Schools Retirement page.
Professional development is the impetus of Washington D.C. Public Schools’ LEAP (Learning together to Advance our Practice) program. The district encourages teachers to engage in weekly cycles of development in small, content-specific professional learning communities led by content experts at their schools.
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The D.C. Public Schools Career Opportunities page is a good place to start for teachers looking to work in the D.C. area. Aspiring teachers can submit a general application and be placed in one of the needed subject areas in the district.
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