Expedited Processing for Veterans

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 are a veteran, current service member, spouse of a veteran, or surviving spouse of a veteran, please follow the steps below to receive expedited service.  

You must still meet the requirements of certifications found in COMAR 13A.12.01.04.

Step 1.

To request your initial Maryland certificate, submit the following:

A.  Service Status: Veteran, spouse of a veteran,      or surviving spouse of a veteran:
    • An initial application for certification

    • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer for all course work taken (community college, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, if applicable).  Your transcript must show the degree earned and date of conferral.  Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable
    • Photocopy of DD form 214, with Discharge under Circumstances other than Dishonorable
    • Photocopy of marriage certificate(spouse/surviving spouse)/death certificate (surviving spouse)
    • If you are certified in another state, submit a photocopy of that state certificate and tests scores taken to obtain that certificate or verification of satisfactory experience (minimum 2 years); or
    • If you are not certified in another state, submit qualifying scores on a Basic Skills assessment (or a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on the most recently earned degree) and Praxis II or ACTFL content assessments. 

B. Service status: Current service member or            spouse of current service member:
    • An initial application​ for certification​
    • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer for all course work taken (community college, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, if applicable). Your transcript must show the degree earned and date of conferral. Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable
    • Photocopy of military orders assigning duty station
    • Photocopy of marriage certificate
    • If you are certified in another state, submit a photocopy of that state certificate and tests scores taken to obtain that certificate or verification of satisfactory experience (minimum 2 years); or
    • If you are not certified in another state, submit qualifying scores on a Basic Skills assessment (or a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on the most recently earned degree) and Praxis II or ACTFL content assessments. 

Send your complete packet to:

                  Maryland State Department of Education
                  Certification Branch
                  200 W. Baltimore Street
                  Baltimore, MD 21201
Step 2:

We will determine your eligibility for certification and notify you by email.  Please do not submit a payment with your application packet.