Routes to Initial Certification

​Teachers

There are multiple routes to initial teacher certification in Maryland:

  1. Complete a Maryland approved educator preparation program (traditional or alternative) and Maryland certification assessments.
  2. Complete an educator preparation program at a regionally accredited institution leading to certification in that state. Applicants must also present Maryland certification assessments or the valid professional certificate earned from the out of state program along with the assessments taken to achieve the certificate.  Two years of satisfactory experience may be presented in place of the assessments taken in that state.
  3. Present a valid professional certificate and 27 months of satisfactory experience in the past 7 years in an area of certification comparable to a Maryland teaching certificate. 
  4. Present a National Board Certificate from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in an area of certification comparable to a Maryland teaching certificate.
  5. Present verification of satisfactory completion of the coursework, experience, and assessment requirements of a specific area under Code of Maryland Regulations 13A.12.02.

Specialists

In Maryland, each specialist area has individual qualifications. Please click on the area below to view the requirements of initial certification.


Administrators/Supervisors

In Maryland, each administrator and supervisor area has individual qualifications. Please click on the area below to view the requirements of initial certification.