District Of Columbia Teacher Education Programs

(found programs from 11 schools)

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District of Columbia Teacher Certification Info

Follow the links below to find schools offering different types of teacher education programs in District Of Columbia. If you are trying to become a teacher, and you plan on working in District Of Columbia, you should definitely take a look at the Department of Education's website. The individual states make a lot of their own decisions about how teachers need to be prepared.

Also, as a rule, you should contact multiple schools if you are seriously considering going back for a degree or certificate in education. There can sometimes be very significant differences in tuition, admissions requirements, and so on, even between schools that you might think are very similar. So, it's always a good idea to contact a number of schools and do a little comparison shopping.


As the home of the federal government, Washington DC is under a lot of pressure when it comes to school performance. Schools must meet strict federal standards and regional standards. However, one benefit of working in Washington DC is that teachers have plenty of access to programs that can make them more successful in the classroom.

In response to dropping ratings at nearby schools, legislators suggested turning struggling schools into charter schools. This would still allow students to stay in their schools and give each school time to improve.

Learn more about becoming a teacher in Washington DC with teaching programs in Washington DC.

Teacher Education in District Of Columbia

If you really want to make a difference in the education industry of the United States, Washington DC is likely the right place for you to be. Federal education initiatives are often first tested in this area, which means that teachers in these schools must be creative and flexible. The first step is choosing a degree program that fits into your goals. Popular options include elementary education, secondary education, and special education. If you already have an undergraduate degree, you may be able to go right into a Master's degree program.

While earning your teaching degree, you should work your way through a carefully designed curriculum that builds your core teaching skills and expands on them and subsequent semesters. To become a well-rounded educator, you may take classes like Environmental Education in K-12 Schools, Cultural Images in Materials for Children, Foundations of Elementary Mathematics, Core Arts Pedagogy, and Supporting Learning & Behavior in the Classroom. The information you get in these courses is put to the test during your semester of student teaching.

As a Washington DC resident, you can explore local and federal scholarship options. As is the case in many states, the T.E.A.C.H. program is an active source of funding for teaching students.

Teaching Careers in District Of Columbia

As a region, Washington DC is fairly representative of education job growth in the country. Between 2012 and 2022, the need for elementary school teachers may swell by 14% (O*Net, 2015). Job growth for secondary school teachers is expected to jump 6% during this time (O*Net, 2015).

Since many large teaching associations are based in Washington DC, you may have plenty of training and networking resources near you. One of the largest education associations in the country, the American Federation of Teachers, is based in Washington DC.

Washington D.C. Teaching Salaries (2015)
  • Elementary: $68,700 per year
  • Secondary: $70,240 per year
  • Post-Secondary: $69,850 per year
  • Statistics provided by the BLS, 2015

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