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Graduate Certificate for Licensure—Capital Excellence Application Checklist

Applicant is employed as a teacher in a DC Public or DC Public Charter School. OR Applicant has an offer of employment from a DC Public or DC Public Charter School. Applicant, if accepted, must remain an employee of DC Schools for the duration of the program.

Applicant is working in the grade or subject that he/she will be receiving licensure. Applicant must continue teaching at this grade level or in this subject for the duration of the program.

Applicants for the Elementary Education program must be working in a grade 1-6 classroom. We cannot accept teachers working in Pre-K or Kindergarten.

Applicants for the Secondary Education program must be working in a grade 7-12 classroom in one of the following subject areas: English, mathematics, social studies, biology, chemistry, physics, French, German, Spanish, dance or theater.

Applicants for the Early Childhood Education program must be working in a Pre-Kindergarten - 3rd grade class.

Applicants for the Special Education program must be working in a Pre-Kindergarten - 12th grade class.

These grade requirements are governed by state licensure regulations.

Applicant must submit official transcripts (in a university sealed envelope, no photocopies) from all universities previously attended.

For the Secondary Education Program, applicant is required to have either a BA/BS in the subject area for which he/she is seeking licensure or have completed at least 33 credit hours in that discipline.

For the Early Childhood, Elementary and Special Education Programs, applicant is required to have taken a number of content courses such as math, history, english, social studies, science, etc. These courses are usually completed in an applicant's undergraduate career. A transcript review will be completed after the applicant is accepted to determine if applicant will need to take any additional courses.

Applicant must earn passing scores (as set by the DC teacher licensing agency) on both the Praxis I exam and the appropriate content area Praxis II exam for program admission.

Passing Scores for Praxis I:
Reading (172)
Writing (171)
Math (174)

Click here for information to help determine which Praxis II content knowledge exam to take.

Passing scores on the Praxis II pedagogy exam are required before the completion of the program.

For more information about the Praxis exams please go to the ETS website -

Applicant must submit a one-page letter of intent addressing the applicant's:

  • goals as a teacher in DC Schools,
  • teaching qualifications,
  • desire and commitment to participate in the program,
  • availability to participate in all program courses and support activities, and
  • how, if selected, he/she envisions using the knowledge and resources gained through the program to advance the quality of teaching in DC Schools.

Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation. If applicant is currently teaching, one letter of recommendation must be from his/her school administrator or principal.