DC Public Schools

DC Public Schools' Educational Aide to Lead Teacher: Breaking Down the Financial Barriers program

DC Public Schools (DCPS) aims to make entering the classroom a more attractive and enticing professional move. By offering financial assistance, they hope to grow their hiring pool of teachers, one that has been shrinking over the last several years.


Goals of the program include:

  • To eliminate the financial barriers that some educational aides face when deciding whether to transition into a lead teaching position.
  • To mitigate costs by providing current educational aides with funding to take the necessary licensure assessments and submit their licensure applications.