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Divisions > Educator Effectiveness > Certification Branch > Certification Information > Types
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Certificates are issued with either a January or July date.
Maryland does not issue a permanent certificate.

Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC)

  •  valid for 5 years issued to an applicant who meets all certification requirements and
  •  is not currently employed in a MD local school system.

Standard Professional Certificate I (SPC I)

  • valid for 5 years issued to an applicant who meets all certification requirements and
  • is employed by a Maryland local school system or an accredited nonpublic school.

Standard Professional Certificate II (SPC II)

  • valid for 5 years;
  • issued to an applicant who completes the SPC I, is employed by a Maryland local school system or an accredited nonpublic school,  and submits the following:

1. verification of 3 years of satisfactory professional experience;6 semester hours of acceptable credit; and

2. A professional development plan for the Advanced Professional Certificate (APC).


Advanced Professional Certificate (APC)

  • valid for 5 years and
  • issued to an applicant who submits the following:

1. verification of 3 years of full-time professional school-related experience; 6 semester hours of acceptable credit; and

2. A master's degree, or a minimum of 36 semester hours of post-baccalaureate course work which must include at least 21 semester hours of graduate credit (The remaining 15 semester hours may include graduate or undergraduate course work and/or Maryland State Department of Education Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits, or obtained National Board Certification and earned a minimum of 12 semester hours of approved graduate course work earned after the conferral of the bachelor's or higher degree.


Resident Teacher Certificate (RTC)

  • valid for two years  and
  • issued to an applicant who has been selected by a local school system to participate in an alternative teacher preparation program.

 

Conditional  Certificate (COND)

  • valid for two years and
  • issued only at the request of a local school system superintendent to an applicant employed in a local school system who does not meet all certification requirements.

 


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