​Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Programs

​Maryland's alternative preparation programs are tailored to meet the staffing needs of Maryland school districts while providing the convenience necessary to attract experienced, diverse individuals to the classroom.  Many school districts offer alternative preparation, some in partnership with two-year or four-year colleges or other private providers.

Alternative preparation programs differ from traditional programs in that alternative preparation leads to teacher licensure, but not necessarily to a degree.  Alternative preparation programs allow you to begin teaching and receive a salary much earlier in your program, and they usually cost much less than traditional routes.  Because of the modified timeframe, alternative preparation programs are considered intensive and very challenging. 

Information for Potential Teachers

Please review the MSDE Alternative Preparation Program Directory​ for a list of approved alternative programs in Maryland.

Policy Documents

Local education agencies interested in developing an alternative program should review the Guidelines for Implementing Approved Alternative Preparation Programs (July 2010)


Program Review 

The following documents are used to review existing alternative educator preparation programs. 

Inquires about alternative preparation may be directed to Jason Keys, Manager of Educator Preparation, Office of Program Approval at jason.keys@maryland.gov