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Divisions > Educator Effectiveness

The Division of Educator Effectiveness was created in 1970. This Division certifies teachers and other professional personnel; oversees the preparation of education candidates and approves the educational programs of nonpublic schools. Under the division are three branches: Certification, Nonpublic School Approval, and Program Approval.  In July 2013, the name of the Division was changed from Certification and Accreditation to it's current name.

Certification Branch
The Certification Branch was formed in 1981. The branch certifies teachers, specialists and administrators employed in public schools, non-public schools approved under COMAR 13A.09.10. The branch coordinates the certification assessment of teachers and principals.

Nonpublic School Approval Branch
The Nonpublic School Approval Branch began operation in 1948 as the Nonpublic Schools Accreditation Branch. It received its current name in 1994. The branch approves the educational programs of nonpublic nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools, secondary schools, schools for the disabled, and entities licensed by other state agencies, such as the Department of Juvenile Justice. The branch also registers church-operated nonpublic schools and other nonpublic entities who are not approved or supervised by the State Board of Education or a local board of education. The branch also publishes the annual Directory of Approved Nonpublic Schools in Maryland.

Program Approval and Assessment Branch
The Program Approval Branch began in 1981 as a part of the Teacher Education and Certification Branch and reorganized under its present name in 1994. The Program Approval reviews and approves programs to educate teachers and prepare other professionally-certified personnel.

Professional Standards & Teacher Education Board
The Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board originated in 1971 as an advisory board established by the State Board of Education. In 1991, the Maryland General Assembly created legislation that created the PSTEB, and now a semi-autonomous board. With the State Board of Education, the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board sets the standards and regulations by which teachers and other professionals are prepared and licensed for Maryland public schools. The board's twenty-five members are appointed to three-year terms by the Governor with Senate advice and consent (Code Education Article, §6-701 through §6-708).

Contact Information

Division of Educator Effectiveness
Maryland State Department of Education

200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone:  1-866-772-8922 (toll free)
TTY/TDD: 410-333-6442
Nonpublic School Approval
Program Approval and Assessment
Achieving “highly qualified” status under No Child Left Behind-Using Maryland's HOUSSE
 A Manual for Teacher Educators, Teachers and Principals.
Bullet Preparing Educators for High Poverty/Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Schools: A Manual for Teacher Educators, Teachers and Principals.


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