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You're on your way to becoming part of the fastest improving urban school district in the nation!

If you are interested in applying for a teaching position for the 2020-21 school year, please return to this website on December 17, 2019 for the 2020-21 Teacher application. Please note that all candidates must reapply for the upcoming school year. 

If you would like to be considered for a mid-year or temporary teacher position for the 2019-20 school year, please complete your application here. All subject areas are welcome. Hiring is made on a rolling basis as vacancies open.

At DCPS, your impact starts in your classroom – but doesn't end there. Together, our team of passionate educators is defying expectations about what DC's students can achieve and changing the path of public education.

JOIN THE NATION'S BEST TEACHERS – AND BECOME EVEN BETTER. We're looking for dynamic teachers who insist on excellence and are passionate about honing their craft. At DCPS, you'll get the feedback you need to do your best work, colleagues who share your high standards, and opportunities to lead without leaving the classroom.

WE PAY OUR TEACHERS LIKE PROFESSIONALS AND CELEBRATE THEM LIKE ROCKSTARS. Top teachers can earn more $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year and win awards of up to $10,000 for classroom excellence. Every year, we recognize the very best with an annual Standing Ovation gala. 

WE'RE MAKING HISTORY. We’re setting an ambitious standard for great teaching and making it a reality across the district. With your help, we’ll transform education for our more than 51,000 students and become the first urban school district to close the opportunity gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

JOIN US. We accept applications in all subjects and grade levels for our 118 schools. We are particularly interested in candidates with a track record of success in the classroom. Watch our video about teaching in DCPS and start your application today.

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Learn more about DCPS and watch our webinar today!  


"I think I would have been lost without my instructional coach. The first day she came up to me and said, 'Hi. I know you are a first-year teacher and I just wanted to let you know that I am here to support you.'"

–Vivian Secaida, Dual Language Teacher at Oyster Adams Bilingual School

There's nothing DCPS takes more seriously than helping teachers reach their professional peak. Here's how we help teachers grow:

A GROUNDBREAKING TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM (IMPACT). At DCPS, you'll finally have real conversations about teaching that help you get better every day. IMPACT sets a high bar for great instruction, gives all teachers a clear understanding of how they can grow, and provides useful feedback that helps them do their best work. Watch the video on IMPACT.

INNOVATIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. We’ve made an unprecedented investment in our teachers. In the 2016-2017 school year we launched a new professional learning program called LEAP (LEearning together to Advance our Practice). At its core, LEAP is about helping teachers hone their craft, so every student across the city experiences rich, engaging, and challenging instruction every day. To do this, teachers engage in a weekly cycle of development in small content-specific professional learning communities (LEAP Teams) at their schools. These teams are led by content experts (LEAP Leaders) at their schools.

The Essential Practices are DCPS’ definition of effective instruction and outline the key actions we believe lead to increased student achievement. The Essential Practices provide a common language for effective instruction, which enables us to align IMPACT and professional support. They also provide clear expectations for teachers and illustrate what success looks like in DCPS classrooms.

Check out the Essential Practices and see examples from the Essential Practices Video Library, a growing collection of videos featuring DCPS teachers from all over the district.

AN UNPRECEDENTED TEACHER CAREER LADDER.  Through the Leadership Initiative For Teachers (LIFT), great teachers can extend their reach – for example, leading subject area meet-up groups and shaping district decisions – without leaving the classroom. Take a  look at the DCPS LIFT Guidebook here


"Teachers have the opportunity to make more than $130,000 a year. It's not that money should drive this work, but it most certainly makes me feel respected as an educator that somebody recognizes the work I do is just as important as a lawyer or doctor."

–Camia Hoard, master educator and 15-year veteran teacher

At DCPS, you don't have to choose between doing what you love and making a great living. We believe teachers are highly skilled professionals and should be compensated accordingly.

Our progressive salary scale is the first in the nation to reward excellence in a real way. Top teachers can earn up to $100,000 in salary and bonuses by their fourth year and win awards of up to $10,000 for classroom excellence.

Simply put, great teachers can earn more in DCPS than in any other district.

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"What happens in DC Public Schools has national implications."

–Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

No traditional public school district in the nation has closed the achievement gap between students from low-income backgrounds and their more affluent peers.

Individual schools have done it. Some charter school networks have done it. But DCPS is going to be the first large urban school system to do it.

Today, we're at the cutting edge of education reform, doing the work that most districts are just talking about. DCPS is the fastest improving urban school district in the nation. 

It all starts with a simple idea: make great teaching the priority. We aim to give every student the chance to learn from an excellent teacher – and defy expectations about what our students are able to achieve.

Every student can excel academically. We're on a mission to show that traditional public school districts – where 95 percent of our nation's students are educated – can succeed at the very highest levels. You can help make it happen at DCPS.


EMPOWERING MALES OF COLOR in DCPS is an aligned effort by the District of Columbia Public Schools to identify and assess current challenges and successes of PK – 12 Black and Latino males. We will collaborate with the community, as well as school & district leaders to implement effective strategies to enhance the student experience, increase achievement, and prepare our males of color for college, careers, and life beyond DCPS. 

Over the next three years, DCPS will dedicate $20 million to help our young men of color:

  • Increase in seat attendance
  • Increase enrollment in Advanced Placement courses
  • Improve graduation rates
  • Increase student satisfaction
  • Increase college acceptance and persistence; and
  • Prepare students for high-wage, high-growth careers.

ENGAGE our students, families, and the community in solutions that ensure the long-term success of our males of color.

  • MENTORS: Partner with Community-Based Organizations to provide literacy support and mentorship to males of color.
  • Launch a Student Task Force to ensure that the student voice is informing our work.
  • Establish a College Signing Day
  • Celebrate Successful Career Training
  • Collaborate with other District Government Agencies

IMPROVE and expand research-based strategies that are already underway within the district – with an emphasis on equity.

  • GRANTS: Award Funds to Schools with Promising Approaches to Improving Outcomes
  • Launch a Teacher Recruitment Task Force
  • Expand Alternatives to Suspensions
  • Expand Support for the 9th Grade Academies
  • Ensure that School Libraries and Classrooms Celebrate and Affirm Males of Color

INNOVATE and challenge our approach to problems and reflect on policies that have consistently made an impact on the academic achievement and development of our males of color.

  • HIGH SCHOOL: Open Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, a high school designed to support the academic and social-emotional development of male students
  • Invest in Early Childhood through the “Make Early Learning, Effective Learning Initiative” 

To find out more about the Empowering Males of Color initiative, please visit

LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice)

DCPS is the fastest improving urban school districts in America. In fact, over the past decade, we've nearly doubled the number of students who are proficient in reading and math. As a result of our progress, more and more families are choosing DCPS for their children.

We’re making an unprecedented investment in our teachers. To help ensure every child experiences outstanding instruction every single day in our district, we launched a professional learning program called LEAP (LEearning together to Advance our Practice).

We are helping teachers hone their crafts. At its core, LEAP is about creating content-specific professional learning communities (LEAP Teams) in our schools. Through LEAP, teachers will learn about and apply the latest Common Core instructional practices with their peers. They’ll also get weekly observations and feedback from content experts. In short, we’re aiming to make DCPS the best place in America to become an expert teacher.

Take the LEAP and join DCPS! If you love helping support teachers, come join us as a LEAP Team Leader. LEAP Teams will be led by educators who are experts in a particular content area. The team leaders can be a Teacher Leader (a teacher who teaches part-time and coaches part-time), an Instructional Coach (who coaches full-time), or an Assistant Principal (who coaches 75% of the time and supports other school-wide initiatives 25% of the time).

You can become a Teacher Leader through the Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) program, which offers excellent teachers the opportunity to teach for at least 50% of the day and spend the remainder of their day coaching and leading their peers. TLI Teacher Leaders will receive high-quality professional development and a $2,500 stipend upon successful completion of the TLI program requirements. To learn more about this exciting initiative, click here.

How to Apply If you’re interested in applying to the TLI Teacher Leader position, apply through our Teacher application. When prompted for Subject Area Selection, check off the box indicating interest in the TLI Program. Upon successful completion of this application, you may be invited to complete a performance task at a school-level interview.

The LEAP Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) application for the 2020-21 school year opens December 17, 2019 through the DCPS general Teacher Application. Please note that you must first complete the general teacher application to be considered for the position.

Interested in becoming a full-time Instructional Coach with the LEAP team? Apply here

Teach in DC and go global.

DCPS is delighted to partner with the Peace Corps for the Language Educator Pathway Program (LEPP). This program connects Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) with demonstrated multilingual proficiency and global experience to DCPS World Language and English Learner (EL) classrooms. RPCVs who are selected for this program are given an opportunity to continue to apply their developing teaching practice in a U.S. context, and find a professional home in a District that places a high value on global competence.

  • To learn more about the DCPS Language Educator Pathway Program (LEPP) and eligibility requirements for participation, please click here.
  • To apply to the Language Educator Pathway Program, please click here

DCPS has invested in world language programming in all schools, from early childhood level through advanced high school courses. DCPS world language instruction is aligned with national American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) World Readiness Standards, which seek to link culture and communication through language learning. DCPS has also partnered with ACTFL to provide students with a world-class curriculum that includes all modes of language learning: interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational. Schools offer at least one of the following seven world languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

Every student deserves a world of possibilities; that’s why DCPS developed a study abroad program. DCPS Study Abroad helps ensure that our global citizens have access to global experiences, so that travel becomes the expectation rather than the exception for our students. All 8th grade, 11th grade and Certificate 3 (C3) DCPS students who are studying a World Language are eligible for short-term study abroad programs on language immersion, global leadership, or service learning.

The Embassy Adoption Program exposes students to international perspectives and cross-cultural lessons. Through direct interactions with embassies and other global entities, fifth and sixth-grade students attending DC Public Schools have the opportunity to learn about the language, customs, and history of their partner’s home country and culture. To date, more than 50,000 youth have partnered with over 100 embassies representing countries from around the world. The program has received various accolades, including the US Department of Education Award for Outstanding International Education Program.

To find out more about global education within DC Public Schools, please visit






  • For all school-based positions (teacher, principal, educational aide, etc.), please apply here.
  • School security guard applications can be found here
  • Bus driver and attendant positions can be found through the Office of the State Superintendent of Education here

INTERESTED IN STUDENT TEACHING IN ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS? Student teachers must work with their university's Field Experience Coordinator to find a placement in a DCPS school. Then will have to complete the fingerprinting process at our Central Office (1200 First Street, NE), as well as bring up to date Tuberculosis (TB) Test results. Learn more about fingerprinting here


INTERESTED IN OTHER SCHOOL-BASED POSITIONS? School-based, non-instructional positions (e.g., registrar, administrative aide, etc.) are handled on a school-by-school basis, and we do not have a centralized application for these positions. You would need to contact individual schools to inquire about openings in these areas. Please refer to our "School Profiles" page with more information and contact information on all of our schools. You can access that page here.



  • Find additional information about fingerprinting and drug testing here
  • Find all licensure related questions here
  • Find answers to all fingerprinting questions here
  • Still want to know more about our Leadership Initiative for Teachers (LIFT)? Listen to our LIFT webinar here
  • Learn more about IMPACT here


HOW CAN I UPLOAD ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS TO MY APPLICATION? To upload additional documents to your application, you will need to visit our website at There, you will log in with your email and password, and upload these documents there. Feel free to upload your documents where it asks for your resume, as these attachments all go to the same place. 


WHAT SECURITY CLEARANCE STEPS DO I NEED TO TAKE? Before officially being placed in the Teacher Recommended Pool, all teaching candidates must be fingerprinted and complete the mandatory pre-employment drug test within 15 days of receipt of notice of testing requirement. Please note that candidates will not be charged a fee for fingerprinting or mandatory drug testing.

You can find more information regarding the fingerprinting and drug testing process here

“DCPS today recruits high caliber candidates, and retains the highest performers in the city's classrooms.”

– A Policymaker's Playbook: Transforming Public School Teaching
in the Nation's Capital

If you have already started an application for the 2019-20 school year, click here to return to the Candidate Dashboard.

If you applied for the 2019-20 school year and would like to submit an application for the 2020-21 school year, please apply at our Teacher application starting December 17, 2019. Please note that all candidates must apply for the upcoming school year. 

Current DCPS teachers looking to transfer will be able to apply through the Transfer application starting January 21, 2020. Please note that current DCPS teachers will not be required to complete evaluative components (essay, interview, audition video) of the application. To apply as a transfer, please register and complete the pre-employment questions as normal. Be sure to use your email address. Click here for the internal transfer guide.

The TeachDC Application Process

*Following the completion of a phone interview, some candidates may be asked to upload a teaching sample. This is to ensure that our team has enough information to make strong and accurate hiring decisions. For additional information on the Audition Video portion of the selection process, refer to our Audition Video Guide.

If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact the DCPS Teacher Recruitment and Selection team by email at

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