District of Columbia – District Information

MEA President: Joshua Krohn
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Holly Pusch
ALF Member Email: hollypusch@gmail.com

2021 Legislative Session Info- Council Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/2021

Meeting virtually in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline None
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines


Mayor Muriel Bowser (D)
Education Committee Chair

Chair: David Grosso

Carryover to 2022 Yes

State Board of Education

Board of Education Website  
Board of Education Meeting Schedule  

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:


Instrumental & Vocal P-12
Performing Arts – Music P-12

Initial (2-year)
Standard (4-year)

Praxis I: Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) or passing scores on ACT, SAT, or GRE

Praxis II: Music Content Knowledge (5113)

Praxis Principles of Teaching & Learning: Early Childhood, K-6, 5-9, or 7-12

No Yes Possible additional testing and/or coursework $50 application
$18 fingerprinting
Yes https://osse.dc.gov/page/initial-teacher-credential https://osse.dc.gov/page/teacher-certification June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Health and Safety Guidance for Schools: COVID-19 Recovery Period

The District of Columbia Public Schools will continue with distance learning for at least the first term of the 2020-21 school year, from Aug. 31 through Nov. 6, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.

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