Foreign Degree

I​f you have not already done so, create a portal account​Documents received prior to the creation of a portal account will be discarded.

MSDE does not review specific documents from other countries. You must first obtain a course-by-course evaluation from a MSDE approved foreign evaluation agency​

To request a professional certificate as an experienced professional, please submit the following:
  • Original  course-by-course evaluation in an unopened mailer from the approved foreign credentials evaluation agency
  • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer for all course work taken in the United States (if applicable) 
  • Original Verification of Experience form(s) indicating 3 years of teaching experience in the past 7 years.  Form must indicate satisfactory experience as well as subjects and grades taught.​
  • An initial application for certification
  • 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.

If you do not qualify as an experienced professional, you may request a certification evaluation by submitting the following:
  • Qualifying scores on the Basic Skills assessments and Praxis II or ACTFL content assessments. Additional tests may be required for full professional certification but are not needed for an initial evaluation  
  • Original  course-by-course evaluation in an unopened mailer from the approved foreign credentials evaluation agency
  • Official transcript(s) in an unopened mailer for all course work taken in the United States (if applicable) 
  • Original Verification of Experience form(s) indicating teaching experience.  Form must indicate satisfactory experience as well as subjects and grades taught.​
  • An initial application for certification
  • 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.

Mail your complete packet to the following address:
                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.

The Certification Branch will determine your eligibility​ and notify you via email.  Please do not submit a payment with your application packet.
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