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Divisions > Educator Effectiveness > Certification Branch

MSDE's Certification Educator Portal allows users to apply for certification, print their certificate, update demographics, and view the status of submitted requests. Educators should create a Portal account prior to submitting documentation and/or fees to MSDE. If you do not have an existing account and have held a certificate in the state of Maryland, you will not be able to create an account on the educator portal.

To create a portal account or to log on to MSDE's Certification Educator Portal, please click here.

The portal application is currently not available due to ongoing maintenance. If you wish to apply for certification, please download the
Initial Application Form and return to MSDE via email at certdocuments.msde@maryland.gov, fax to 410-333-8963, or mail to MSDE Certification 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201.

If you are not able to create a Portal account and would like to request a copy of your Maryland certificate, please fill out the Official Certificate Request.

If you are employed as a teacher, administrator, or specialist by a MD public school system, nonpublic special education facility, the Archdiocese of Baltimore or Washington, or a State institution, please contact your employer to discuss your certification needs.

Expedited Certification Information for Veterans and Their Spouses

All others seeking MD certification, Click here.

Due to the high volume of inquiries, processing time may take up to 8 weeks from receipt of a complete application package. Please include the last 4 digits of your social security number and personal email address on all correspondence.

Mission Statement
To ensure, through certification standards, that each student is served by professional educational staff who possess the minimum essential knowledge and skills needed to achieve outcomes for public education declared by the State Board of Education.

To provide clear, consistent, and accurate information to applicants/certificate holders regarding certification rules, procedures, and processes. To enhance applicant/certificate holder satisfaction with the services and products provided by the Certification Branch.

Contact the Certification Branch
Please check the Certification Branch website regarding general information on your certification status before you telephone our office.

Due to the volume of inquiries we receive, we cannot schedule personal appointments.

1. Credentialing Call Center 410-767-0412 or 1-866-772-8922 (toll free). The line is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 am to noon and 12:15 pm to 4:15 pm and on Tuesday from 8:00 am to noon and 12:15 pm to 5:45 pm, except for State holidays.

2. Write to us at the following address:
    Maryland State Department of Education
    ATTN: Certification Branch
    200 W. Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Contact Information
Certification Assistance Line
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  410-767-0412
TTY/TDD:  410-333-6442
Phone:  1-866-772-8922 (toll free)
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