Prerequisite Coursework in Maryland
All states require a bachelor’s degree to teach, while states differ on undergraduate coursework requirements. For example, prospective teachers enrolled at the University of Maryland must complete specific course and credit requirements depending on a student’s major.
See the Maryland Department of Education website for more information on certification in early, elementary, middle and secondary education as well as teaching specialities.
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 at the Maryland State Department of Education.
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 Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) 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 Teach.com’s Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your Maryland teaching credential, you will have to complete the required 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 nonpublic 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 coursework which must include at least 21 semester hours of graduate credit
Learn more about getting your teaching credential on Teach.com.