Meeting State Requirements for District of Columbia Teachers

What’s Your Goal?

Renew My District of Columbia Teaching License

Teaching Channel has helped hundreds of teachers from the District of Columbia renew their credentials,
increase their salary and advance their career in the last 5 years.

Renew Your Credentials

There are three options available to renew a standard DC educator credential due to expire: 

Teaching Channel can help you meet requirements through Option 1: Professional Learning Unit Activities and Coursework. Complete 120 clock hours or eight semester credit hours, or a combination of both by taking our graduate level, continuing education courses, our Flex Credit courses, and/or our professional development courses.

Credit Conversion

1 Teaching Channel graduate level, continuing education credit = 1 semester credit = 15 clock hours = 15 professional learning units 

Each Teaching Channel 3-credit course requires approximately 45 hours for course completion.

A minimum of 60 clock hours or 4 semester credit hours must be directly related to the area of the credential being renewed. The remaining clock hours and/or credits must relate to any of the following topics:

  • Increases content knowledge and competence in the specific subject area of the credential
  • Increases effective instruction and methodologies
  • Increases school leadership strategies and skills
  • Increases knowledge of curriculum and standards
  • Improves school, community, and family engagement
  • Increases knowledge of educational best practices and trends
  • Increases knowledge of resources and services for schools
  • Increases strategies and skills for meeting the needs of diverse learners
  • Increases strategies and skills for effectively using educational technology

Need a recommendation? Try one of the following combinations: 

Courses/credits directly related to credential being renewed:

Example: Elementary Education

Courses/credits directly related to focus areas:

Example: Elementary Education

5844: Engaging Parents for Student Success 3 credits/45 clock hours/45 PLUs)

Example: High School Science

5129: Activate and Energize the Learning Brain 3 credits/45 clock hours/45 PLUs)

Advance Your Salary

Increase your annual and lifetime salary through salary advancement by completing graduate-level, continuing education courses or a graduate program with American College of Education (ACE).

Already have a Master’s Degree? Maximize your education return on investment with our 5-Course Lane Change Bundle.

Teaching Channel partners with highly respected colleges and universities to provide versatile and effective continuing education graduate credit courses for educators. Teaching Channel University Partners are accredited by various agencies including:  CAEP/TEAC/NCATE, HLC, NECHE, NWCCU WSCUC.

Not sure which University Partner to choose? ACE is our preferred partner for many reasons including its accredited status and educator-focused graduate-level programs.

District requirements vary; please refer to your contract or seek district guidance or pre-approval as needed.

University Partners for District of Columbia Educators

Increase My Salary

In many districts, teachers gain a salary increase when they accrue graduate level credits. But have you considered the money you leave on the table when you delay accruing those credits?

Teachers who gain an extra $8K in salary 20 years before retirement bring home an extra $160K in earnings. And those teachers may also receive a higher pension by finishing their careers at an advance salary level. Compare that to the educator who achieves that goal 10 years later: $80K less income. See what credit accrual could mean for you by using our salary calculator. Be sure to check our course bundles that let you accrue credits at less cost and on a pay as you learn plan.

Bundle Your Savings

Pay a lot less with our course bundles, plus go even easier on your budget with a monthly payment plan.

3 course bundle

3-Course Bundle

Choose three 3-credit graduate-level, continuing education courses and save $237.

5 course bundle

5 Course Bundle

Choose five 3-credit graduate-level, continuing education courses and save up to $430.

10 course bundle

10-Course Bundle

Choose ten 3-credit graduate-level, continuing education courses and save up to $860.

Enhance Your
Salary and Career

We are proud partners with American College of Education (ACE). Named #2 on Newsweek’s list of America’s Top Online Colleges 2023, ACE ensures you can learn and grow as far as you desire for your teaching career.

Find the advanced degree you need, at an exceptionally low price through our special partnership with ACE.

Save up to 84% on Tuition Costs

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Master’s Programs

With Teaching Channel Discount

up to 9 Teaching Channel graduate-level course credits can be applied toward a degree

Average ACE Cost
(without our discount)

National Average Cost
of an M.Ed. Degree


Doctoral Programs

With Teaching Channel Discount

up to 9 Teaching Channel graduate-level course credits can be applied toward a degree

Average ACE Cost
(without our discount)

National Average
Cost of an EdD Degree

Take Advantage of Group Savings

Gather your group and get the best course pricing available. It’s easy to sign up and organize. As your group grows, so does your discount.