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(Hold/held a professional certificate from another state; completed an out-of-state approved program;two years of satisfactory teaching experience)

Step 1.
You must hold or have held a professional certificate from another state and have completed an out-of-state approved program.

Step 2.
You must have two years of full-time, satisfactory teaching experience in  the  subject area in which you are seeking certification. This experience may be from  any state, except Maryland.  Two years of satisfactory, full-time teaching  experience will exempt you from Maryland's testing requirements.

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 the college/university send transcripts directly to this office.);
  • A photocopy of your out-of-state professional certificate.  (May be current or expired.);
  • An original Verification of Experience form ( download form); and
  • A cover letter with your name, complete mailing address, social security number, and the area of certification you are seeking.  Day time telephone number and e-mail address are optional.

  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 by email.

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
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
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