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(Foreign educated applicant)

Step 1.
MSDE does not review specific documents from other countries. You must first obtain a course-by-course evaluation from a MSDE approved foreign evaluation agency.

Step 2.
To request a MSDE evaluation by mail, submit the following:

  • Qualifying scores on the Basic Skills assessments and Praxis II or ACTFL  content assessments. Additional tests may be required for full professional certification but are not needed for an initial evaluation.  A photocopy of the score report is acceptable;
  • Original  course-by-course evaluation in an unopened mailer  from the approved foreign credentials evaluation agency;
  • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer for all course work taken in the United States if applicable (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; and
  • A cover letter with your name, complete mailing address, social security number, date of birth, and the area of certification for which you are seeking an evaluation.  Day time telephone number and personal e-mail address are  encouraged.

  Send your complete packet to the following address:

        Maryland State Department of Education
        Certification Branch
        200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Step 3:
We will review your academic credentials and send you an evaluation  with the requirements needed for certification in the area requested. Once you have met all requirements, we will email a Statement of Eligibiity with additional directions for completing the on-line application for a certificate.    

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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