Washington DC Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

Becoming a teacher in Washington DC requires a number of steps, but attending a qualified teacher preparation program is essential. In fact, all teachers are required to complete a program from an accredited school in order to work in the educational system. For aspiring teachers looking for teaching schools in Washington DC, this guide provides key information to help you find the best school for your needs. There are several colleges and universities that offer teaching degrees in Washington DC. Scroll down to find a list of accredited teacher preparation programs. Whether you are just out of college or looking to change careers, this guide can serve as an informative starting point for your new career as a teacher.

School Facts

  • There are 11 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Washington D.C..1
  • 11 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Georgetown University, 93%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Trinity Washington University, 25%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Catholic University of America, $35,160.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Gallaudet University, $11,876.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Washington, DC*: $12,806-$47,343.2
  • Two schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): Georgetown University (21), American University (77).
  • Two schools ranked in Forbes Top Colleges List (top 100): Georgetown University (38), George Washington University (88).
  • Seven teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

Georgetown: The nation’s capital is home to Georgetown University, one of the most prestigious universities in the US. Georgetown does not confer undergraduate degrees in education, but specializes in graduate level studies for educators seeking a Master of Arts (MA) in teaching English as a Second Language and bilingual education. The programs at GU are known for their academic rigor and challenge. Graduates with the MA often pursue careers in teaching, administration, and policy. The MA degrees all operate under the auspices of the Georgetown University Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Many graduates go to work for Teach For America which brings in the nation’s brightest teachers into urban and rural public schools for a term of at least two years.

Howard University: Howard University is a Historically Black University (HBCU) located in the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C. The School of Education has been preparing the nation’s best urban educators since its inception in 1890. In addition to its academic programs, the School of Education has two research programs – a federally funded Upward Bound program as well as an Early Learning Program. The Journal of Negro Education is the School’s premier research publication. Students can matriculate to the college to study undergraduate or graduate level degrees in dozens of majors. Students learn innovative pedagogy and have ample opportunity to learn practical educational skill sets in the classroom. Howard University School of Education graduates are dispersed in every state in the US as well as internationally.

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • American University
  • Gallaudet University
  • George Washington University
  • Howard University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Trinity (Washington) University
  • University of the District of Columbia

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Washington DC

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Washington DC

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American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-1000

Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064
(202) 319-5000

Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 651-5000

George Washington University
2121 I St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000

Student Review: “The George Washington University was a wonderful experience. It was really great living in the heart of DC – the area was safe, the dorms were really nice, and there was never a lack of stuff to do! Bars, clubs, go to the monuments. Due to the overwhelming presence of government agencies, business headquarters, startups, and non-profits, there are opportunities galore no matter what your interest is in. The only major complaint is the cost of the education and the cost of living in DC – quite high. I would not recommend the school if your money is tight, it’s just not worth it these days. It was a great experience but I’m incredibly grateful for my scholarships.” -Gabriel Y., student at The George Washington University

Georgetown University
3700 O St NW
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-0100

Howard University
2400 Sixth St NW
Washington, DC 20059
(202) 806-6100

Trinity Washington University
125 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 884-9000

University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 274-5000

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-colleges-for-education/