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(Out-of State Approved Program graduate; no teaching experience; no out-of-state certificate)

Step 1.
 Complete an out-of-state approved educator preparation program outlined by the college/university you have attended. 

Step 2.
 In addition to completing an out-of-state approved program, you must meet Maryland's qualifying scores on all required teacher certification tests.

Step 3.
 To request your initial Maryland certificate by mail, submit the following:

  • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer for all course work taken (community college, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, if applicable).  Your transcript must show the degree and date of conferral.  Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable.(Do not have your college/university send transcripts directly to this office.);
  • Qualifying scores for the required certification tests, Basic Skills and Praxis II content (if applicable) or ACTFL content assessments. You may send scores to MSDE on one of the following ways: notation on a college transcript,  photocopy of the original score report, or official verification from a state department of education.; and
  • A cover letter with your name, complete mailing address, date of birth,social security number, personal email address, and the area of certification you are seeking.  Day time telephone number is encouraged. 

  Send your complete packet to the following address:

                  Maryland State Department of Education
                  Certification Branch
                  200 W. Baltimore Street
                  Baltimore, MD 21201
Step 4.
We will determine your eligibility for certification and notify you in writing.

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