Out of State Certificate Holder and Educator Preparation Program Completer

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If you hold an active professional ​certificate from another state, have completed an educator preparation program and met the issuing state's qualifying test scores to receive certification, please submit the following:
  • Official transcript(s), which must show the degree and date of conferral, if applicable. Student copies in an unopened mailer are also acceptable​.
  • A photocopy of your active out of state professional certificate
  • Verification of test scores for the required teacher certification tests for your out-of-state professional certificate.  (A photocopy of the test scores or an official verification from a state department of education will be accepted.)​
  • 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.