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Educator Certification Information

Welcome to the website of the MCPS Certification Unit that works directly with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide certification services for all MCPS professional employees.  Once employed by MCPS as a contracted educator, specialist or administrator, MCPS handles ALL of your certification via its direct access to the MSDE's The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH).  Please contact a member of the Certification Unit with any and all questions about your Maryland Educator Certificate, local MCPS contingencies, salary advancement, course applicability, and equivalent credit applicability.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Information given by any other office or MCPS employee may not pertain to your specific needs or circumstances.  If you are not a contracted MCPS educator OR if you are an MCPS supporting services employee or substitute teacher, you must contact MSDE directly for certification services at 1-410-767-0412 or toll-free at 1-866-772-8922 or at

Certification News

  • TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY CREDITS YOU HAVE toward salary advancement or want to track your professional development courses?  We've provided a way for you to track your credits - VIEW and UTILIZE the salary advancement GUIDE to track applicable credits toward salary advancement.
  • VIEW this Power Point presentation (PDF) about understanding salary advancement.
  • ALL MARYLAND EDUCATORS must register their educator account with "The Educator Application and Certification Hub" (TEACH), Maryland's portal for educator certification.  Please utilize our step-by-step guides when using TEACH!
  • SEE the MCPS TEACH Registration Guide
  • SEE the MCPS TEACH Application Overview
  • IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDER to know the current certification requirements and to complete the renewal requirements prior to the expiration of the professional certificate.
  • The MCPS New MCPS Educators certification information page will provide you with beginning certification information.  Now that you are an MCPS educator, MCPS will oversee everything related to your certification needs.  MCPS is MSDE for all educators (teachers, specialists and administrators) in those assignments.
  • Help us to help you by ALWAYS reading notifications/emails you receive from the MCPS Certification Unit and responding in a timely fashion.  

    WELCOME to MCPS -- Have a great year!

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