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Eligibility for Teacher Certification in Maryland

For eligibility for certification in the Early Childhood/Elementary program or the Elementary program, candidates must complete the approved program requirements as listed, university graduation requirements, and Praxis testing requirements. Passing Praxis II, demonstrating the knowledge and skills of a specialized content area at the Maryland State Department of Education prescribed score, represents one qualification for completing the degree in teacher education or gaining teacher certification. Accordingly, candidates must pass Praxis II to become program completers and to graduate in an approved teacher education program.

Completion of K-12 teacher education programs and the secondary professional sequence requires passing Praxis II to be eligible and endorsed for certification.

Candidates may apply for a certificate of eligibility directly to the Maryland State Department of Education or may apply for a Standard Professional Certificate I through the personnel office of a county offering employment.

Eligibility for Teacher certification in Other States

If candidates wish to gain a teaching license in a state other than Maryland, candidates need to check the certification requirements in the state(s) for the program in which they wish to teach, including the passing standard for Praxis in that state. Having a Maryland certificate of eligibility may prove helpful in the out-of state certification effort. The out-of-state certification forms should be sent to the College of Education Office of Unit Assessment to be completed.