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 for the second semester of your sophomore year. See the course listing for more details on what courses must be taken, and when courses are offered.

Yes! GWTeach works in collaboration with the Nashman center so every hour you spend teaching in the field 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 200-350 field hours.

No, you do not have 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. More information on 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 interests, 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 each 1 credit courses that can easily fit into your schedule. Should either of these courses push you over your 18 credit hour limit, GWTeach will cover the cost of the 18th credit for you! You can 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 Apply.

We hope to see you soon!