Become a Teacher
Pathways to Teacher Certification

The School of Education does not offer a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. Students who are interested in becoming a certified teacher pursue teacher preparation through one of five paths. Undergraduates pursuing certain College of Arts and Sciences majors may become certified through the Secondary Professional Minor. Other students pursue teacher certification through 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, or the alternative certification path.

Note:  Passing all sections (math, reading, and writing) of Praxis I is a prerequisite to acceptance into the five programs listed below.  Passing Praxis II is a prerequisite to student teaching placement. Students are encouraged to seek and follow the advice of their faculty advisor. The listing below is subject to change per state certification standards and is not a substitute for program schemes and faculty advisement.

The School of Education offers scholarships to support teacher education candidates.

Choose from any of the following 5 paths to becoming a teacher:

  • Path 1: Undergraduate Secondary Professional Minor
  • Path 2 : 5-year Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Master of Education (MEd) in Elementary Education  
  • Path 3 : 5-year Bachelor of Science (BS) in Human Development/Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Early Childhood Education
  • Path 4 : Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) or Master of Education (MEd)
  • Path 5 : Alternative Certification Program

Path 1: Undergraduate Secondary Professional Minor

  1. Be accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and pursue a CAS major appropriate for the Secondary Education Program
  2. Pass Praxis I (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  3. Submit application for admission to the Secondary Education Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education
  4. Once accepted, meet with academic advisor to discuss program scheme and plan of study
  5. Remain in good academic standing and register for courses each semester. Maintain a 2.3 cumulative grade point average and a 2.5 gpa in their major and education courses.
  6. For students in English, Mathematics, and History pass Praxis II to be eligible to enroll in student teaching (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  7. Complete certification coursework at the Howard University School of Education. Only education courses with a grade of "C" or better will be accepted.
  8. Submit application for teacher certification to the Office of the Director of Teacher Education in the School of Education

Path 2: 5-year Combined Bachelor of Arts (BA)/Master of Education (MEd) in Elementary Education Program

  1. Be accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) and pursue a CAS major in Afro-American Studies, English, History, or Mathematics
  2. Pass Praxis I  (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  3. Submit application for admission to the Combined BA/MEd Program to the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education during the second semester of  the sophomore year
  4. Once accepted into the School of Education, participate in an interview with assigned faculty members
  5. Meet with faculty advisor to discuss program scheme and plan of study
  6. Remain in good academic standing and register for courses each semester
  7. Submit application for admission to the MEd Program to the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education during the first semester of the senior year of the BA Program
  8. Complete bachelor's degree in the College of Arts and Sciences in four years
  9. Pass Praxis II  to be eligible to enroll in student teaching (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html   for more information about Praxis)
  10. Complete MEd coursework and other program requirements with requisite GPA  in one year
  11. Submit application for teacher certification to the Office of the Director of Teacher Education in the School of Education
  12. Submit application for graduation to the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Path 3: 5-year Combined Bachelor of Science in Human Development (BS)/Master of Arts in Teaching(MAT) in Early Childhood Education Program

  1. Be accepted into the Department of Human Development and Psychoeducational Studies in the School of Education to pursue a major in Human Development
  2. Pass Praxis I (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  3. In consultation with faculty advisor, determine concentration: Early Childhood Education (birth-5) or Elementary Education certification (K-6)
  4. Meet with faculty advisor to discuss program scheme and plan of study
  5. Remain in good academic standing and register for courses each semester
  6. Apply for admission to the 5-year program in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education in the first semester of the junior year. Submit application to the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
  7. Apply for admission to the MAT Program in the first semester of the senior year. Submit application to the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
  8. Pass Praxis II to be eligible to enroll in student teaching (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  9. Complete bachelor's degree in human development with requisite GPA
  10. Complete early childhood education or elementary education certification requirements with requisite GPA
  11. Submit application for teacher certification to the Office of the Director of Teacher Education in the School of Education
  12. Apply for graduation via chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Path 4: Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)/Master of Education (MEd) Program

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree (in the content area which fulfills general education prerequisites) from an accredited college/university
  2. Pass Praxis I (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  3. Submit application for admission to the Teacher Education Program of choice in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education
  4. Once accepted into the School of Education, meet with faculty advisor to discuss program scheme and plan of study
  5. Remain in good academic standing and register for courses each semester
  6. Pass Praxis II to be eligible to enroll in student teaching (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  7. Complete MAT coursework with requisite GPA
  8. Submit application for teacher certification to the Office of the Director of Teacher Education in the School of Education
  9. Submit application for graduation to the chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Path 5: Alternative Certification Program

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree (in the content area which fulfills general education prerequisites) from an accredited college/university
  2. Pass Praxis I (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  3. Submit application for admission to the Alternative Route Program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education
  4. Once accepted, meet with academic advisor to discuss program scheme and plan of study
  5. Remain in good academic standing and register for courses each semester.
  6. Pass Praxis II (Content and Pedagogy) to be eligible to enroll in student teaching (see www.ets.org or http://www.k12.dc.us/dcsea/certification/licensing/faq_5.html for more information about Praxis)
  7. Complete certification coursework at the Howard University School of Education
  8. Submit application for teacher certification to the Office of the Director of Teacher Education in the School of Education

 


Back to Top [+]