How do I renew my active Maryland certificate?
An applicant who receives a certificate is responsible for initiating the renewal of that certificate. To be eligible for a renewal, you must have an active Maryland certificate. If you have an expired certificate, you may apply for a Reinstatement.
Requirements for renewal differ based on your employment status and the type of certificate you hold.
I am employed in a Maryland public school
Those certificate holders who are under contract with a Maryland local school system, a non-public school providing services to special education students, or a State institution, should work directly with their employer to discuss the requirements to renew. Each local school district is responsible for its employees' certification while employed.
I am not employed in a Maryland public school
If you are not under contract with a Maryland local school system, non-public school providing services to special education students, or a State institution, you will need to submit a renewal application through The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH).
Be prepared to submit six semester hours of credit that is:
- Earned or taught at a regionally accredited college/university or through Maryland approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits*; and
- Related to a PK-12 public school assignment; and
- Earned within the 5-year validity period of the expiring certificate; and
- Earned in required reading coursework** if not already completed (teaching areas only).
*Educators who hold a license from another Maryland agency or national organization, or a professional educator certificate from another state, may submit the credits used to renew that credential, along with a copy of said credential, toward the renewal of their Maryland Educator Certificate.
**Required reading coursework must be earned at a regionally accredited college/university or through Maryland-approved CPDs.