Become a Teacher in Maryland


Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore St Baltimore, MD 21201

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            Earn Your Maryland Teaching Credential

            Important Note: Education licensure requirements and salary statistics (for teachers and administrators) are subject to change. makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 1/06/2015

            To earn your Maryland teaching credential you will have to complete the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Maryland offers four levels of certification for graduates of traditional teacher preparation programs.
            • Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC), issued to new teachers who meet all certification requirements and are not yet employed by a Maryland school or district
            • Standard Professional Certificate I (SPC I), issued to teachers during at some point after employment at a Maryland public school or accredited non-public school
            • Standard Professional Certificate II (SPC II), issued upon completion of three years of satisfactory professional experience and six semester hours of coursework
            • Advanced Professional Certificate (APC), issued to teachers who have met all of the above requirements and earned a master's degree, or completed a minimum of 36 semester hours of post-baccalaureate course work which must include at least 21 semester hours of graduate credit
            Learn more about getting your teaching credential. Return to the top

            Prerequisite Coursework in Maryland

            All states require at least a Bachelor’s degree to teach. Some states require additional undergraduate coursework. For certification in early childhood education (preK-3rd grade), Maryland requires a major or 48 semester hours of coursework in an academic area taught in early childhood education, including a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in both mathematics and science and 9 semester hours of course work in both English and social studies; 27 semester hours of professional education course work, and a supervised student teaching experience. For certification in elementary education (grades 1-6), a minimum of 12 semester hours of course work in both mathematics and science, 9 semester hours of course work in both English and social studies, and 27 semester hours of professional education courses, as well as a major or 48 semester hours in a subject area taught in elementary school. [No mention of student teaching requirement for elementary education] For certification in secondary education (grades 7-12), Maryland requires a major or 30 semester hours in the subject area you plan to teach, 21 semester hours of professional education course work, and a supervised student teaching experience. For certification in specialty areas such as music and art, Maryland requires 30 semester hours in the respective subject area, plus the amount of education coursework and student teaching experience required for the grade level you plan to teach, along with a supervised student teaching experience. Requirements for special education vary according to the age level and population you plan to work with. Maryland requires a supervised student teaching experience for most levels of teaching. Return to the top

            Required Tests for Maryland

            Most states require tests to show competency in Basic Skills as well as in the desired Subject Area. For Basic Skills, Maryland requires either the PPST (Pre Professional Skills Test) or a passing score on the SAT, ACT, or GRE. For Subject Area Competency, the Praxis II: Subject Tests are used. You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting the Praxis information page provided by Teachers Test Prep, where you can also access free online Praxis Practice Tests and Praxis Study Guides, plus a variety of paid Praxis Test Prep options for those who need additional help, including live prep classes, one-on-one tutoring, and on-demand online prep. Read more about teacher certification tests. Return to the top

            Maryland Teacher Certification Programs

            Teacher Certification Programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of accredited teacher preparation programs in Maryland can be found here. Return to the top

            Alternate Teacher Certification in Maryland

            Maryland offers alternative teacher preparation at the county and city level, which means there are many different programs available throughout the state. These programs are compiled in the Maryland Approved Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs Directory, which is consistently updated by the department of education. Teachers in alternative preparation programs are issued a Resident Teacher Certificate, which is valid for two years. Mid-Atlantic Troops to Teachers Return to the top

            Certification Reciprocity in Maryland

            Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. To find out which other state teaching licenses can be used in Maryland, visit the reciprocity page . Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Maryland Department of Education. Return to the top

            Benefits of a Master's in Education in Maryland

            It is no longer enough to just have years of experience for teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, the careers of teachers increasingly depend on their results in the classroom. A Master’s in Teaching will give you more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor. After a Master’s program, you will be able to achieve better results in the classroom and have more job security and higher pay. Teachers in Montgomery County, next door to Washington, D.C., can earn roughly $6,000-$8,000 more with a Master’s degree, depending on years of experience, than those without an advanced degree. Teachers in Baltimore County can earn anywhere from $1,014 more, when just starting out, to $33,286 more, with 30 years’ experience, than those with only a Bachelor’s degree. Learn more about the Benefits of a Master's in Education. Return to the top

            Master's in Education Financial Aid

            Maryland residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school. Learn more about how to finance your Master's degree. Return to the top

            Maryland Teacher Salary and Incentives

            The average teacher in Maryland makes $61,420 per year, which is 121% of the state average income. Maryland is one of the highest paying states to teach in, and provides additional pay support to teachers working in high needs schools and shortage subjects. Salary schedules are left up to the individual school districts. This sample salary schedule from the Montgomery County Public Schools shows teacher’s earning $46,400-$103,600 depending on education and years of experience. More salary schedules can be found on the Department of Education website. Learn more about teacher salaries. Return to the top

            Maryland Teacher Benefits and Retirement

            Teachers in Maryland public schools become vested in the pension system after five years of service. Employees must work at least 50% of the work week to be eligible for benefits. Teachers in Maryland can retire with full benefits at age 62 with at least five years of service, or at age 55 with 25 years of service for reduced benefits.  Additional benefits include multiple healthcare plans, compensation plans, tuition reimbursement, and paid annual, personal, and sick leave. For more information, visit the online Maryland’s Public School Teacher Benefit Summary. Learn more about benefits for teachers. Return to the top

            Professional Development for Teachers in Maryland

            Maryland’s Professional Development Advisory Counsel (PDAC) recognizes the importance of professional development to improve public education. The council aims to standardize policies and programs and the local and state level. Teachers can currently participate in a variety of conferences and workshops, or take online courses over the summer. Return to the top

            Maryland Teaching Jobs

            The Maryland Department of Education posts some teaching jobs on their site. Job seekers can also use the Maryland page on to find teaching jobs in state. Learn more about finding a teaching job. Return to the top

            Maryland Teacher Certification Information & Links

            Maryland Department of Education Maryland Department of Education – Certification Division Maryland Approved Alternative Teacher Preparation Programs Directory Maryland’s Public School Teacher Benefit Summary -- Maryland Teaching Jobs