Teacher Incentives

County Grant for National Certification

A stipend up to $2,000 a year is available as a dollar-for-dollar match to local school systems for teachers who earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) and who teach in a school identified by the State Board of Education as having comprehensive needs. A stipend up to $1000 is available for teachers who earn NBPTS certification and who teach in a noncomprehensive school.

Tuition Tax Credits

Maryland classroom teachers are eligible for an annual $1,500 tuition tax credit designed to offset graduate tuition expenses necessary to maintain teaching certification. To receive this credit, you must successfully complete the course with a grade of "B" or better, be employed by a local school system, have a satisfactory performance evaluation, and not have been reimbursed by the local school system for the tuition paid. 

Reemployment of Retired Teachers and Principals

Retired teachers may be exempt from an earnings limitation if they are reemployed as classroom teachers, substitute teachers, or teacher mentors in a public school that:
   * is not making Adequate Yearly  Progress (AYP) or    is in need of improvement as defined under No Child Left Behind (NCLB);
   *  is receiving funds under Title I of NCLB and as implemented by the State;
   * provides an alternative education program for youths or students who have been expelled, suspended, or identified for suspension or expulsion from a public school;  or
   *  has more that 50% of students attending who are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals (FARM).

Also, retired principals may be exempt from an earnings limitation if they are reemployed as principals in a public school under the same parameters listed above. 

Scholarships

Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education Program 
This merit-based award program, available only to Distinguished Scholar Award recipients, is designed to provide additional financial incentives to attract highly-able students to Maryland's teacher preparation programs. Each Distinguished Scholar Award recipient receives $3,000 and the Distinguished Scholar Teacher Education Program increases the total award by an additional $3,000. For more information, contact the State Scholarship Administration at 410-260-4565 or 1-800-974-1024 or visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission web site at www.mhec.state.md.us.

 In 2006, the MD General Assembly passed HB 688, Workforce Shortage Student Assistance Grants, which consolidated seven work-force related  State financial assistance programs.  For more information, contact the State Scholarship Administration at 410-260-4565 or 1-800-974-1024 or visit the Maryland Higher Education Commission website​.