All candidates applying for an initial teacher certificate are required to present qualifying scores on the Praxis I Academic Skills Assessments, ACT, SAT, or GRE and the appropriate content and pedagogy assessments where required (Praxis Subject Assessment or ACTFL). The tests may be taken at any valid test site in the nation. Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.
Out-of-state candidates who do not hold a professional certificate from their respective state must meet Maryland's qualifying scores. Some out-of-state candidates may be eligible for a test exemption.
You can get information on registration procedures, fees, and forms as well as test dates and locations in The PRAXIS Series Registration Bulletin, which is available at college and university teacher education offices, at university test centers, or through the EducationalTesting Service at the following address:
The PRAXIS Series Educational Testing ServiceP.O. Box 6051Princeton, NJ 08541-6051Telephone (800) 772-9476 (toll free)
You can also obtain more information by visiting
An applicant who has taken the teacher certification tests must submit their scores when applying for a Maryland certificate. Test scores must be sent to the Maryland State Department of Education in one of the following ways:
Scores should be mailed to:
MSDE Certification200 West Baltimore St.Baltimore, MD 21201
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
410-767-0100 • 1-888-246-0016
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