Frequently Asked Questions

With a program like GWTeach, interested participants may have some additional questions.  Below are some of the questions that we receive quite frequently.


No, you do not have to be in STEM to take our courses, however if you would like to pursue certification you must take certain STEM courses.

We recommend starting the GWTeach program as soon as possible, but it is possible to complete the GWTeach program as late as signing up for courses during your junior year. See the course listing for more details on what courses must be taken, and when courses are offered.

Yes! GWTeach courses fulfill many of the GenEd requirements. While completing the GWTeach program, you can complete the majority of the GenEd requirements at the same time. Our courses satisfy each of the Tier I GenEd requirement categories, including Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning, Scientific Reasoning, Written Communication, and Oral Communication; as well as school-specific requirements, such as Local and Civic Engagement. See the Curriculum page for more information on which courses fulfill these requirements and schedule a meeting with a GWTeach advisor.

Yes! GWTeach works in collaboration with the Nashman Center, so every hour you spend teaching in the field (and preparing to teach) counts towards service hours.

The field hours will vary from course to course. The breakdown for courses is: Step 1 will require about 5 field hours, Step 2 will require about 6 field hours, Classroom Interactions will require about 7 field hours, Project Based Instruction will require about 10 field hours, and Apprentice Teaching will require about 375 field hours.

No, you do not need to have any teaching experience, and will learn everything you need to know to be prepared in a classroom in the GWTeach courses.

Fieldwork requires background check/fingerprinting and current TB test. A TB test (or PPD test) can be done at Colonial Health during walk-in hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday, and must be read 48-72 hours after this visit. Without Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) a TB test will cost $20 and with SHIP the cost will be $0. The cost of the TB test is also typically covered by the Nashman Center or it can be done with your primary care physician. More information on these requirements and the DCPS background check will be given in your GWTeach classes.

With GWTeach you will act as the teacher of a classroom of students as you plan and carry out your own lesson plans. The subject matter you will be teaching will be a topic in STEM based on a series of factors such as your personal expertise, your availability, and the availability of our mentor teachers.

Yes! There are several scholarships that GWTeach students can apply for including the Noyce Scholarship, Apprentice Teacher Scholarships, and Financial Need Scholarships. Visit our Current Students tab for more details.

The first two GWTeach classes (Step 1 and Step 2) are designed as 1 and 2 credit classes in order to easily fit into your schedule. If you want to check out the program, but are over the credit hour limit, talk to a GWTeach advisor about available scholarships to cover this cost. We recommend that you talk to a GWTeach advisor or your general academic advisor to find out how to fit all the GWTeach classes into your schedule during your undergraduate career.

Absolutely! 46 states in the country have reciprocity agreements with the District of Columbia (sorry Utah, Iowa, Minnesota, and Alaska). That means you could potentially work as a teacher nearly anywhere in the country after you are certified to teach in DC.

We’re so glad you’re interested in becoming part of our GWTeach family! We have more information on this under Prospective Students and How to Get Started.

We hope to see you soon!