If a career as a special education teacher interests you, then you may want to consider teaching in Maryland. As of 2016, the state was experiencing a shortage of qualified special education teachers. In addition to earning a degree from an approved program, special education teachers must pass two certification tests to qualify to teach in Maryland.
Maryland Special Education Teacher Requirements
|Average Salary for Special Education Teachers in Maryland (2016)*|| $55,550 (Kindergarten and Elementary School);
$62,490 (Middle School);
$64,980 (High School)
|Required Degree||Bachelor's degree and an approved educator-preparation program|
|Degree Field||Special Education|
|Testing Requirements|| Core Academic Skills for Educators in Reading, Writing & Mathematics;
Praxis Special Education: Core Knowledge and Applications
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education Requirements
Maryland approves several bachelor's degree programs that incorporate the practical and academic components needed to fulfill Maryland's teacher qualification requirements. Those that study special needs will learn how to effectively instruct special needs students in the LRE (least-restrictive environment). They will also acquire teaching skills through internship assignments. Academic course requirements include studies in human development, the history of special needs education, educational psychology and how to develop curriculum plans for special needs students. Students are also expected to pass courses in the arts, history, literature and natural sciences.
Step 2: Complete Certification Requirements
Basic Skills Testing Requirements
The Basic Skills tests are designed to assess a person's reading, writing and mathematics skills. All teacher certification applicants must pass the three Basic Skills tests or earn a passing score or higher on the ACT, SAT or GRE.
|Option 1: Basic Skills Tests||Passing Score|
|Option 2: ACT||297|
|Option 3: SAT||1100|
|Option 4: GRE||24|
Content and Pedagogy
The content and pedagogy test requirements ensure that teacher certification applicants have the applicable skills and knowledge needed to teach in their chosen subject areas. Special education teachers must pass the Special Education - Core Knowledge and Applications test with a score of 151 or higher. This 120-question test takes two hours to complete. The test assesses things like the applicant's knowledge about child development, classroom instruction and student assessment methods.
Step 3: Apply For Certification
Send an application for certification with proof that you have passed the certification tests and earned an approved degree. You must also include a letter with information such as your date of birth and the last four digits of your social security number to establish your identity. This letter must also state you want to be certified to teach special education.
Teacher Certification Resources
All teachers in Maryland must fulfill the Basic Skills testing requirements. The links provided here link to resources to prepare for the three Basic Skills tests.