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(Adding an endorsement to an existing Maryland certificate)

Step 1.
If you are employed in a Maryland local school system, your request to add an endorsement will be processed by your local school system.

Step 2.

If you are not currently employed in a local school system and you want to add an endorsement, submit the following:

  • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer (if not previously submitted) for all course work taken (community college, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, if applicable). For those endorsements requiring a master's or doctoral degree, 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.) or
  • Qualifying scores for the appropriate Praxis II assessment (if applicable).  You may send test scores to MSDE in one of the following ways: notation on a college transcript or photocopy of the original score report.; and
  • A cover letter with your name, complete mailing address, social security number, and the area of endorsement you are requesting.  Day time telephone number and personal e-mail address are encouraged.

Please note:  If you have successfully completed a  pedagogy test for certification in another area at the same grade level, you need to meet the quaifying score on the Praxis II Content Area assessment(s) only. 

Send your complete packet to the following address:

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

Step 3.

We will determine your eligibility for the endorsement.  If all requirements  have been met, we will send you a certificate with the additional endorsement.  There is no fee for adding an endorsement.   If you need additional requirements,  we will send an evaluation with those requirements listed. 

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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