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Certification Information for Current Educators



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 --

Orange arrowVIEW and UTILIZE the salary advancement GUIDE to track applicable credits toward salary advancement.
Orange arrowVIEW this Power Point presentation (PDF) about understanding salary advancement.

Icon - star blueIcon - star blueIMPORTANT CERTIFICATION REMINDERS  

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!
Orange arrowSEE the MCPS TEACH Registration Guide 
Orange arrowSEE the MCPS TEACH Application Overview 
Orange arrowIT 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. 

Icon - star blueIcon - star blueNOTICE TO NEW MCPS EDUCATORS

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.
Orange arrowHelp 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!

Frequently Asked Questions and
Submitting Official Transcripts/Documents

FAQs - All Professional Staff

Submitting Official Transcripts, MSDE CPD Credit Slips or other Documentation

MSDE General Certificate

MSDE General Certificate and Certificate Renewal Information
Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about obtaining and renewing your MD teaching certificate.

Senior Status Exemption
Will you have "senior status" at your next renewal?  Review details about this exemption.

Quick Reference-MSDE Certificate Renewal Information (PDF)
After downloading your certificate, save this notice for renewal information.

Requirements and Testing

Testing: Praxis/ACTFL Information (PDF)
Information on Praxis II and ACTFL Tests (Specialty or Subject/Content Area Assessments)

Reading Coursework Requirements & Info
What are the MSDE reading requirements & where can I find the courses I need?

Local MCPS Contingencies and Requirements Information
What are local contingencies?

Salary Advancement and Supplemental Pay

Salary Advancement Information 
How do I move to a new salary lane if I am a contracted MCPS professional employee on the MCEA salary schedule?

Supplemental Pay  (PDF)
for Guidance Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Psychologists & Speech Pathologists who hold a NATIONAL License/Certificate. 

AD Supplemental Pay (PDF)
for Athletic Directors who hold a NATIONAL License/Certificate.


Adding New Endorsements to Teaching Certificate
Want to add another certification subject area to your MD teaching certificate?

License Renewal for Non-Teaching Positions

MSBE License Renewal Information 
for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists & Speech Pathologists

National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification
Frequently asked questions and contact information.

More NBPTS Web Links


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