District of Columbia

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Median Pay1: $76,486

Teacher Reciprocity Requirements2: District of Columbia Department of Education

  • Education/Experience Requirements: Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited school and state-approved teacher preparation program. Teacher preparation waived with 30 months of full-time experience.
  • Testing Requirements: Comparable basic skills, content, and pedagogy exams. Pedagogy waived with 3 years of full-time teaching experience.
  • Temporary Certificate Offered?: No
  • Other Notes: Teaching license must be equivalent to DC’s Level II.


  • Teacher Pensions Overall Grade3: F – Click here to see why.
    • 5-year vesting period.
    • Employees/employers do NOT pay social security tax and therefore are NOT eligible for social security benefits.
    • No portable plan available.

1Median Pay: sourced from 2018 data collected by National Education Association (NEA). See their Full Report for more information.

2Teacher Reciprocity: sourced from data aggregated by Teacher Certification Degrees. View the full state-by-state list here. Additionally, in some states special considerations for reciprocity, application expedition, fee waivers, etc. may be available to teachers married to activity duty military personnel; be sure to contact the respective State Dept. Of Education to learn more.

3Teacher Pensions Rating: sourced from https://www.teacherpensions.org/. Visit their website to learn about their mission or view a State Comparison.