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Certification Information for New 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!


First Steps for Maryland Educator Certification, How to Sign MSDE Application and Frequently Asked Questions

Under MSDE's new The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH) platform, you must first register on TEACH and then complete and submit an appropriate application, if applicable.  Please REVIEW the following information:

MCPS TEACH Application Overview – Please review and keep this for reference so you are aware of what requests can be made through TEACH and when they may be applicable. 

MCPS TEACH Application Guide-Initial Application – Only for educators hired in a permanent position that requires a MD Educator Certificate. Please do not complete this application until your effective start date. The MCPS Certification Unit works on reviewing all educators new to MCPS during the school year. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)
Check out our FAQ for new hires for answers to your questions.  

Requirements and Testing

Testing Requirements for New Educators: Praxis/ACTFL (PDF) 
MSDE Test Requirements for Beginning Teachers, Specialists & Administrators

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

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 only Athletic Directors who hold a NATIONAL License/Certificate. 

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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