Adding an Endorsement

Teaching Areas may be added to an educator's certificate by meeting one of the following requirements:

1. Credit Count
  • For elementary or early childhood education, obtains 30 credits distributed across the four content areas of English, social studies, math, and science, with at least 6 credits in each content area
  • For secondary, middle school, or prek-12 education, obtains 30 credits at least 15 of which are in the area for which the new certification is sought and 15 of which are in content-related areas
  • For special education, obtains 30 credits of which at least 15 credits are in the age-appropriate area of special education and 15 are in related areas

To request an endorsement via credit count, please submit the following:
    • A cover letter with your name, mailing address, last 4 digits of your social security number, date of birth, personal email address, and the area of certification you are seeking.  ​
    • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer (if not previously submitted) for all course work taken (community college, baccalaureate, post-baccalaureate, if applicable) Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable​​.

2. Passing the Praxis II Content Assessment
  • Obtain a qualifying score as established by the State Superintendent of Schools on the content-specific tests required for certification

​To request an endorsement via test, please submit the following:
    • ​A cover letter with your name, mailing address, last 4 digits of your social security number, date of birth, personal email address, and the area of certification you are seeking. ​
    • Qualifying scores on the Praxis II content or ACTFL​ content assessment.

In order to add an Administrator or Specialist Area to a Teaching certificate, the individual​ must meet the requirements specific to that area. 

Documents may be mailed to:
                Maryland State Department of Education
                Certification Branch
                200 W. Baltimore Street
                Baltimore, MD 21201

Document may be sent electronically to certdocuments.msde@maryland.gov
(Transcripts must come to this address directly from the Institute of Higher Education or an e-transcript service.  Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.​​)​