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Teacher Application Process FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the teacher application process.

What if I applied last year?

We continually improve our teacher application through annual updates and changes. As such, all applicants who applied last year must reapply to be considered for teaching positions for the upcoming school year.

How do I start and return to an already started application?

Start a teacher application here, and navigate to the correct school year for which you would like to apply. Note you must register or log in before you can start your application."

Continue an application that you have already started here. This will bring you to the Candidate Dashboard. If needed, you may save your progress and return to complete the application at this website at a later time.

What if I have trouble completing the online application?

Please make sure you give yourself adequate time to complete each section of the application, keeping in mind that the Teacher Recruitment and Selection team must review each section before candidates can move forward. If you do not fill in each required section completely, you will receive an error message prompting you to complete the missing sections. If you continue to have problems, whether technical or otherwise, please do not hesitate to email our team at [email protected].

What is the correct format for my resume?

Your resume MUST be in either Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Adobe (.pdf) format. We do not accept resumes in Microsoft Works, Rich-Text (.rtf) or Word Perfect format. Please also limit your resume to 1MB. View a guide with tips to create a successful resume.

After submitting my application, when will I hear back from DCPS?

Your application will be reviewed within 10-15 business days, and we will inform you of the status of your candidacy by email.


Where do the interviews take place and what happens if I live out of the area?

All interview for teacher positions will occur over the phone, and out-of-town candidates are encouraged to apply. Get more information about the teacher interview process here.

After I’ve passed the initial interview what can I do to learn about my status in the process?

We will send all communication to the e-mail address you provide in your application within 10-15 business days. Please check your e-mail regularly for updates. Ensure you check your junk or spam folder if you haven't received an email from our team. If you have not received a status update within 15 business days, you may email us at [email protected] to request an update.

What if I’m in the TeachDC Recommended Pool but take a job elsewhere?

Please let the selection team know that you would like to withdraw your application by contacting [email protected] with your name and “Withdraw” written in the subject line of the email.

Do you need to live in DC to work there?

No. DCPS does not have a housing requirement or require employees to live within the city limits.

Does DCPS offer relocation assistance?

No. DCPS does not offer relocation or housing assistance for teaching positions.

Do I need a teaching license to apply to teach in DCPS?

No, you do not need to hold a teaching license to apply to teach in DCPS. However, you must meet all licensure eligibility criteria to obtain a DC teaching license. To do so, we require that candidates meet any of the following: graduate of a teacher preparation program, currently enrolled in a teacher preparation program with expected graduation prior to start of upcoming school year, or one year of full-time classroom teaching experience.

If you currently hold a license from another state, you may have to obtain a DC teaching license to teach in DCPS through licensure reciprocity with OSSE. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) administers all educator licenses. It takes approximately 12 weeks to process a license, and we encourage applicants to begin the licensure process as early as possible.

For general questions regarding certification requirements, policies or other general information please visit our Educator Credentialing website or contact us at [email protected].

I taught for DCPS previously and am no longer an employee. Do I need to re-apply?

If you are a former teacher looking to return to the classroom, please complete the "Former Teacher" section of the teacher application. You may also reach out to our Recruitment and Selection team notifying us of your status as a former teacher, [email protected].

I am a DCPS teacher looking to transfer to another DCPS school. What should I do?

For more information about our simple internal transfer process here.

How can I become a better candidate for teacher positions with DC Public Schools?

DO include an updated resume and detailed answers to all questions. Your responses should demonstrate your knowledge of instruction and the subject area you wish to teach.

DO proofread your application materials before you submit them. Applications received with typographical and grammatical errors will adversely affect the applicant's candidacy.

DON’T send in your application via fax or mail. We do not accept hardcopy applications. All applications MUST be submitted via the online application.