Licensure Information and Resources

Praxis Fee Voucher for Select Subject Area Exams
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is pleased to announce that individuals seeking an initial or standard credential in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, or Special Education, may receive a Praxis Fee Voucher to cover the cost of the Praxis II subject area content exam. To qualify, all teachers must be currently employed by a DC local educational agency (LEA) and complete the OSSE Praxis Voucher Application. Upon approval of your application, you will receive an email to the address listed in your application, containing a unique Praxis Exam Voucher Code. Once you have received your passing exam scores, submit, or update your OSSE application for an OSSE teaching credential within 30 calendar days.

Washington DC Nursing License
A Registered Nurse (RN) applicant in Washington DC can apply for licensure by examination. To be eligible, the applicant must have completed a nursing education program approved by the DC Board of Nursing or one substantially equivalent to the DC BON standards. After graduating from an approved nursing program, applicants must take and pass the NCLEX-RN exam.

To sit for the NCLEX exam, you must have the Authorization To Test (ATT). To receive your ATT, you must pay the examination fee to Pearson Vue online. In addition, applicants must also have an Official Transcript or Letter of Completion indicating the date you received your nursing degree. Once Pearson approves the paperwork, Pearson Vue will email you the Authorization To Test. Then you can schedule a date for the exam.  If you need assistance in paying the fees for this exam, please consider applying for an Emergency Student Assistance Grant.