Non-Teaching Degree Holders

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If you have earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-education area and are interested in becoming a teacher, you have three options: 
  1. ​Complete a Maryland Approved Program leading to certification in the specific area in which you are interested
  2. Complete an alternative preparation program
  3. Complete the transcript analysis requirements (i.e., credit count) outlined in COMAR 13A.12.02**
To request a transcript analysis, please submit the following:
  • Qualifying scores on  the Basic Skills (or a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on the most recently earned degree) and Praxis Subject Assessment (content only) or ACTFL​ assessments.  Additional tests may be required for full professional certification but are not needed for an initial evaluation. NOTE- those individuals applying for an evaluation in the area of Elementary Education 1-6 do NOT need to present the Praxis content assessment to request a transcript analysis. 
  • Official transcript(s), which must show the degree and date of conferral, if applicable. Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable​.
  • 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
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.

**Transcript analysis is not available for Middle School certification.