What qualifications are required for public charter school teachers and administrators? Who decides this?

Public charter schools have exclusive control to determine their school’s staffing. While teachers at DC public charter schools are exempt from license agreements, teachers must meet the following requirements to be Highly Qualified (HQ):

For Elementary Teachers (grades K-6)

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and pass the an elementary content test.
  • OR achieve HQ status via a High Objective Uniform State Standard Evaluation (HOUSSE) process.

Secondary Teachers (grades 7-12)

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree and pass the appropriate content test; or have a major or its equivalent in the content area.
  • OR have an advanced degree in the content area.
  • OR National Board Certification in the content area.
  • OR achieve HQ status via a High Objective Uniform State Standard Evaluation (HOUSSE) process.