Out of State Educator Preparation Program Graduate

If you have not already done so, create a portal account​Documents received prior to the creation of a portal account will be discarded.

If you have graduated from an out of state educator preparation program and do not have teaching experience or an out of state certificate, please submit the following:
  • Official transcript(s), which must show the degree and date of conferral. Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable​.
  • Basic Skills tests scores or a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on the most recently earned degree (teacher applicants only)
  • Content and Pedagogy test scores (if applicable)
  • An initial application for certification
  • A cover letter with your name, mailing address, last 4 digits of your social security number, date of birth, personal email address, and the area of certification you are seeking.  

Mail your complete packet to the following address:

Maryland State Department of Education
Certification Branch
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Document may be sent electronically to certdocuments.msde@maryland.gov

Transcripts must come to this address directly from the Institute of Higher Education or an e-transcript service.  Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.

The Certification Branch will determine your eligibility​ and notify you via email. Please do not submit a payment with your application packet.