Educator Certification Areas

Maryland issues certificates in the following areas:

Teaching Areas

Early Childhood/Elementary Areas

  • Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
  • Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Mathematics Instructional Leader (PreK-6) (endorsement only)
  • Instructional Leader: STEM, PreK-6 (endorsement only)

Middle School Areas (4-9)

  • English Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science 
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics Instructional Leader (endorsement only)

General Secondary Content Areas (7-12)

  • Agriculture/Agribusiness and Renewable Natural Resources
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Earth/Space Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Geography
  • History
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Professional and Technical Education
  • Social Studies
  • Specialized Professional Areas
  • Speech Communication
  • Technology Education
  • Theater
  • Work-Based Learning Coordinator (endorsement only)

Special Education

  • Infant/primary (birth - grade 3)
  • Elementary/middle (grades 1-8)
  • Secondary/adult (grades 6-adult)
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Severely and Profoundly Disabled
  • Blind/Visually Impaired

Specialty Areas (PreK-12)

  • American Sign Language
  • Art
  • Dance
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages
  • Environmental Education
  • Health
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • World Languages

Transcript Analysis requirements for each of the areas listed above can be found in COMAR 13A.12.02​

Administrative or Supervisory Areas

  • Superintendent
  • Supervisors of Instruction, Assistant Principals, and Principals
  • Library Media Administrator
  • Supervisor of Guidance
  • Supervisor of School Psychological Services
  • Supervisor of Pupil Personnel
  • Supervisor of Special Education
  • Supervisor of Teachers of Hearing Impaired

Requirements for each of the areas listed above can be found in COMAR 13A.12.04​

Specialist Areas

  • Gifted & Talented Specialist
  • School Counselor
  • Library Media Specialist
  • Pupil Personnel Worker
  • Reading Specialist
  • Reading Teacher
  • Psychometrist
  • School Psychologist
  • School Social Worker

Requirements for each of the areas listed above can be found in COMAR 13A.12.03​