Applicants must meet current testing requirements at the time of application.
If you are enrolled in a Maryland-approved educator preparation program, you should work directly with your program to assure you understand your testing requirements.
Please reference the table below to determine what content and pedagogy assessments are required for the area of certification that you are seeking.
Please note that beginning on July 1, 2025, the edTPA or PPAT will be required for teacher applicants. Until this time, applicants may submit either the edTPA, PPAT, or the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment to fulfill the pedagogy assessment requirement. Currently, there is no specific score required for either the edTPA or PPAT; however, if an applicant submits the Principles of Learning and Teaching, the score indicated below is required. Please visit our Portfolio-Based Assessment page for more information.
To register for a Praxis assessment, visit the Educational Testing Service website.
*The edTPA and PPAT will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching assessment. Please visit our Portfolio-Based Assessment page for more information.
**Professional certificate holders with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the reading coursework renewal requirement (12 semester hours) by meeting the qualifying score on the above Praxis subject assessment.
Please note that applicants seeking certification in a world language may meet the testing requirement by presenting qualifying scores on the Praxis content assessment in the specific language
or presenting qualifying scores on both the
ACTFL OPI and WPT for that language. Currently, the pedagogy test is not required for graduates of approved teacher preparation programs in world languages. It is a requirement only for candidates completing certification through transcript analysis or through alternative preparation programs. Beginning on July 1, 2025, all teacher candidates must present the PPAT or edTPA as part of the testing requirements for certification.
You may send test scores to MSDE in one of the following ways:
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
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