Certification

The certification officer is responsible for verification of program completion.

The District of Columbia's Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) follows the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education standards for professional education programs review and licensure. Contact OSSE for information about how to obtain a D.C. teaching license.

The university has several state-approved licensure programs, including for school service providers and school educators.

Licensure

Some licensure programs may require criminal background checks, fingerprinting, and/or drug testing prior to placement in an internship or practicum. A criminal background or felony conviction may affect the student's ability to secure a site for practicum hours. In addition, states may restrict or prohibit those with a criminal background from obtaining a professional license and/or eligibility to sit for licensing/certification examinations.

If you are considering an academic program that leads you to obtaining professional licensure in your state, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state to seek information and additional guidance before beginning a program outside of your state.