Maryland is a great state in which to live and work, and you will find a variety of different options for completing teacher certification. Whether you’re completing a traditional initial teacher certification, or just moving from out of state, Maryland has an easy option for you.

To complete the requirements for traditional teacher certification, you will be required to fulfill a a teacher education program from an accredited university in Maryland. Once you have graduated from a Maryland approved teacher education program, you will be required to submit your official transcripts along with your Maryland Teacher Competency Exam scores. If you’d like to follow an alternative path to certification in Maryland, you have two options. One involves a transcript analysis, which requires that you send a photocopy of your Praxis I and Praxis II scores, along with official transcripts of all of the coursework you have completed. The other requires that you complete an alternative teacher program, which involves a Resident Teacher Certification that is valid for one year. In this year, you must fulfill 45 hours of study if you’re a secondary resident teacher, or 135 hours of study if you will be an elementary resident teacher. The program also includes teacher mentoring. Teachers from outside of the state of Maryland will need to submit official transcripts as well as a valid professional teaching certification to the Maryland Department of Education. All teachers in Maryland must pass the Praxis I examination as well as the Praxis II.

Maryland has quite a few large public school systems, the largest being Montgomery Public Schools. Other great places to seek out employment include large metropolitan areas like Baltimore, Columbia, Silver Spring, and Dundalk. You can find many of Maryland’s teaching jobs through the Maryland Public Schools site.

Maryland teachers are required to complete renewal requirements every five years. These include at least 6 credits from an approved institute of higher learning, or Maryland’s Continuing Professional Development credits. The renewal requirements are designed to help you stay up to date on the latest educational training and keep your skills fresh.

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