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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.
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.
In compliance with the U.S. Department of Education and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education for participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA), Gallaudet University provides information pertaining to professional licensure and certification.
The following is recommended BEFORE beginning a program if considering a Gallaudet University program that leads to professional licensure with the intent to be licensed outside of the District of Columbia:
While a program may not be formally approved, it may still meet all or a portion of the “educational” requirements for licensure in other states and territories. Therefore, it may be necessary for you to contact the licensing agency directly to find out if a Gallaudet University program will meet educational requirements.
Additionally, while progressing through any of these programs, we recommended that you check licensing agency requirements regularly to monitor whether they have changed in a manner that impacts your licensure plans.
To learn more, please review the licensure information provided for the program of interest or review the state dropdownfor all programs.
Students completing one of Gallaudet’s state-approved license programs are eligible for a D.C. State License.
For School Service Providers seeking a D.C. License (i.e., School Psychology or School Social Work),contact the program director in your department for further information. Verification of program completion is signed by Gallaudet’s Certification Officer.
If you will be applying for a teaching license, we recommend that you first get your DC teaching license even if you will later get a license in another state. Why? Often the process is easier if you already have a license in the state in which you completed your program. The information below will help you with both processes.
Gallaudet University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide current enrollment and degree verifications and certifications.
Please click here for more information.
Current and former students may also request Registrar’s Office official business letterhead and university sealed certifications at the Registrar’s Office web link. OPEN the Student Enrollment Verification Processes – Student Guide
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