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How to Become a Teacher in Maryland: Teacher Certification

These are the usual steps a person might take to become certified to teach in the state of Maryland. Please check with your state to make sure you have the most up-to-date information about the certification process.

Data on teaching salaries in Maryland can be found here.

Traditional Approach

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college.
  2. Do some student teaching - enough to gain the 180 hours of required experience in the classroom.
  3. Pass the Praxis I & Praxis II Exams.
  4. Submit the following:
    • Requested Application
    • Official transcripts, degrees, and school credits
    • Also, include copies of all test scores
    • Mail to:
      Maryland State Department of Education
      Certification Branch
      200 W. Baltimore Street
      Baltimore, Maryland 21201
      (410) 767-0412
  5. Do you want to renew your Maryland Teacher Certification?

Alternative Approach for Maryland Certification

Alternatively, you can teach in Maryland before you complete the teacher education program:

  1. Earn a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college
  2. Pass the Pre-Professionals Skills Test (PPST)
  3. Provide official transcripts
  4. Pass the requirements listed above for the traditional Maryland Teacher Certification
  5. Call (207) 624-6603 for more information

Sources:

  1. Educational Testing Service, https://www.ets.org/
  2. Maryland State Department of Education, http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/Pages/default.aspx

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