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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 interviews for teacher positions will occur over the phone, and out-of-town candidates are encouraged to apply. Interviews for candidates currently abroad will occur over Skype. 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 Teacher Recruitment and Selection team know that you would like to withdraw your application by logging into your Candidate Dashboard and clicking “Click here to withdraw your application.” You may also contact [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 credential to apply to teach in DCPS?

Although a credential is not required to apply to teach in DCPS, consistent with governing regulations (5-A DCMR §1601.1), a teaching credential is required to teach in DCPS.

All DCPS teachers need a valid teaching credential, issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

We are aware that many candidates will not have their OSSE-issued credential upon applying for a position. As such, candidates who meet the minimum eligibility criteria can advance through the teacher application.

Please note that all candidates should be working toward securing their teaching credential, as candidates will not receive an official offer letter until their credential has been issued by OSSE OR until they can provide proof of submission of a complete teacher credential application to OSSE.


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 Teacher Recruitment and Selection team notifying us of your status as a former teacher at [email protected].


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

You will first need to complete a teacher application and navigate to the correct school year for which you would like to apply. You will need to register or log in before you can start your application. When applying, you will not be required to complete any of the evaluative portions of the application. If prompted to complete the short-answer questions, you may write in “Current DCPS teacher” in both spaces.

Learn more about our 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.