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D.C. Teacher Certification Program

Klassroom’s Teacher Certification Program in the District of Columbia (TCP D.C.) is helping aspiring teachers like you prepare to inspire and build tomorrow’s generation through a flexible, affordable, nationally-accredited teacher certification program.

Begin your teaching journey now

Four easy steps to become a certified teacher in D.C.

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Submit your online application.

If you are eligible to work in the US and hold a bachelor’s degree, you can submit your application anytime or anywhere.

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Complete your enrolment with an admissions advisor.

To get you off to a great start, our TCP team is here to fully guide you through the admissions process and help you with cohort selection and submission of final documents.

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Complete your coursework and clinical placement

In just four to six months you’ll be able to complete the core online curriculum. After that, you will have the option to complete your clinical placement anywhere in the world. Our TCP admission and preparation team will still be here to help!

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Jumpstart your career

As a certified teacher in the District of Columbia, you’ll have access to jobs throughout the United States and globally! Plus Klassroom is a leading domestic and international recruitment provider for many district, charter, private, government and international schools.

Where could you be hired?

When you complete the program, you will be able to apply for a Standard Teaching License in the District of Columbia through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

American teaching licenses are highly sought after. This means you could land a teaching job just about anywhere!

From teacher training to placement, we’ve got you covered.

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Who is the D.C. Teacher Certification Program for?

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Aspiring Teachers

A few years out of college, a recent graduate, or a soon-to-be-graduating student who is ready to jump-start their career.

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Career Changers

Career professionals looking for a big change, who are aspiring educators with a desire to make a difference. No formal experience in a classroom is necessary.

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Experienced Educators

Educators without a teaching license seeking a formal certification to gain employment as a certified teacher in the US or abroad.

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Americans Abroad

Aspiring teachers living overseas who want to get a head-start on their teacher certification journey while working internationally.

Meet your TCP D.C. Support Team

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Dr. Nikki Wishard, Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction

TCP Online Mentor & Instructor

TCP students will work under the guidance of Dr. Nikki Wishard. In addition to an impressive career in education, she also holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

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Irma Berardi, B.Ed., OCT

Recruitment and Admissions Manager

In addition to supporting you through the application and admissions process, Irma can also advise and help you explore a career post-graduation of TCP.

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Layla Warsame, B.Ed., BA, OCT, TEFL

Recruitment and Admissions Advisor

As you start the enrolment process Layla is here to guide you through the application and admissions process.

About Klassroom

about Klassroom

Today, we’re facing unprecedented global teacher shortages with no signs of slowing down. Yet, education recruitment companies have failed to offer innovative solutions.

Introducing Klassroom: a mission-driven education company committed to connecting students with life-changing teachers and helping those teachers live their dreams right in their hometown.

There is no single solution to the teacher shortage crisis we’re facing. That’s why Klassroom offers both unique pathways to a rewarding career for teachers, as well as world-class recruitment and hiring solutions for schools.

Through nationally accredited teacher certification, innovative teacher recruitment solutions, online professional development and access to 1.2 million teachers, Klassroom offers real opportunity to address the national teacher shortage.

Klassroom is connecting great schools with great educators and empowering life-changing career opportunities. Because we believe there’s one critical factor to student success that will never change: the power of a great teacher.

Be part of the solution.

Course Curriculum

You will complete six months (315 hours) of online coursework that focuses on core pedagogical approaches and perspectives, human development, classroom management, special needs students, and is followed by a clinical placement.

These self-paced studies offer online, on-demand, asynchronous lessons combined with a large library of authentic classroom observation videos that supplement a real-life learning environment.

Field experiences will apply what you’ve learned and prepare you to effectively lead your own classroom. You’ll benefit from one-on-one guidance from experienced educators, as well as visit schools to learn how to manage a classroom by gaining deeper insights into teaching methods.

Seven core instructional courses:

  • Course 1: Professional Learning and the Path to Certification (45 hours)

  • Course 2: Learning Environments (45 hours)

  • Course 3: Learner Development (45 hours)

  • Course 4: Planning for Instruction and Assessment (45 hours)

  • Course 5: Literacy, 21st Century Instruction, and Pedagogical Content Knowledge (45 hours)

  • Course 6: Learner Differences and Adaption for Students with Disability (45 hours)

  • Course 7: Diverse Student Populations, English Language Learners and Bilingual Students (45 hours)

Get valuable field experience wherever you are. Combine theory and knowledge with real-life practice in a Clinical Placement. Learn the complexities of working in a school, plus build relationships and receive guidance from experienced educators. A placement is a rewarding experience that will develop you into a great teacher!

  • Clinical Placement OR Internship (560 hours)

  • Field Experience Course* (45 hours)

*To be completed prior to placement.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you can land a job as a teacher in a public school in the US you must first become certified in the state you wish to teach in, this qualification is commonly referred to as a teaching certificate, teaching license, or teaching credential. In D.C., requirements are set by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

To qualify for a D.C. teaching certification, teachers are required to hold a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved teacher preparation program from an accredited partner and pass required PRAXIS® exams.

Traditionally, teacher certification or licensure programs are provided in-person by colleges and universities in a four-year degree or two-year post-baccalaureate formats.

Alternative teacher certification programs, like TCP, are designed for aspiring educators, career changers, experienced educators, and Americans abroad without a teaching license. Earn a teaching credential in a flexible and accelerated course delivery format while achieving the same learning outcomes of traditional certification or licensure programs.

Online teacher certification, often referred to as an alternative or accelerated teacher certification, provides an expedited pathway to teaching licensure in the US for aspiring teachers who wish to become a licensed teacher.

Alternative teacher certification was originally designed to prepare non-certified teachers to fill shortages in certain subject areas and geographical locations and to provide entry into the teaching profession for individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field looking to make a career in teaching.

Online teacher certification is quickly growing as a popular alternative to traditional teacher preparation programs. Unlike traditional teacher training programs, which generally consist of two years of full-time, intensive study, online teacher certification programs are easier to fit into your busy lifestyle.

Becoming a certified US teacher online is particularly popular among working professionals looking to accelerate their transition to teaching in the K-12 classroom, as programs can be completed in under a year.

Online teacher certification has now become a common way for teachers to enter the field. Today, one in five new teachers become a teacher in the US through alternative means, including online state-approved teacher preparation programs.

Online teacher certification is also increasingly growing in popularity among US citizens working as ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers overseas, who wish to continue their teaching career in the US upon their return.

Teaching candidates who hold US teaching certification are in high demand at international schools that follow an American curriculum. As a result, you’ll likely qualify for some of the most competitive teaching positions at the world’s top international schools.

Online teaching certification programs, such as Klassroom’s Teacher Certification Program, allow participants to complete their coursework from anywhere in the world, making it an ideal option for aspiring teachers residing overseas looking to obtain a US teaching credential in order to teach at home or abroad.

Yes! TCP D.C. is an approved education preparation program required for a full, regular renewable teaching license. It is not a temporary or alternative license. Upon completion of the program, candidates are eligible to earn a D.C. teaching license that is easily transferable to other parts of the US.

Teaching candidates who hold US teaching certification are in high demand at international schools that follow an American curriculum. As a result, you’ll likely qualify for some of the most competitive teaching positions at the world’s top international schools.

TCP D.C. is nationally accredited by the National Accreditation Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and is aligned with its licensing standard. TCP has also been approved as a state-approved educator preparation program by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

An affordable certification program

Klassroom is partnered with a payment plan provider to give qualified students a no-interest option and get started on their Teacher Certification right away. Students have the option to enroll in TCP with a 0% interest payment plan for 6 months and pay in installments.

Full Tuition

Ditch the loan payments and pay your full tuition upfront.

Monthly Installments

Qualify for affordable monthly installments with our payment plan provider.