Early Childhood Teacher Certification in Maryland

Early childhood teachers ensure young children develop the academic and social foundations needed to succeed in school. The training and testing requirements for this level of teacher certification in Maryland are explored here.

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Maryland early childhood teachers are qualified to work with students in preschool through grade 3. Teaching in Maryland may be desirable because the state pays these teachers more than the national average. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016, the national average salaries for preschool, kindergarten and elementary teachers were $33,300, $55,460 and $59,020, respectively, while the Maryland average salaries for preschool, kindergarten and elementary teachers were $35,090, $58,930 and $64,970.

Maryland Early Childhood Teacher Requirements

Average Salary for Teachers in Maryland (2016)* $35,090 (Preschool)
$58,930 (Kindergarten)
$64,970 (Elementary School)
Required Degree Bachelor's degree
Degree Field Early Childhood Education
Testing Requirements Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators; Early Childhood Education; and Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Qualify for Program Acceptance

All applicants to approved Maryland education programs must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators assessment with at least a 150 in mathematics, 156 in reading and 162 in writing. Other options are to submit minimum passing scores from the Praxis I, ACT, SAT or GRE.

Those who fulfill this requirement by taking the three basic skills tests that are part of the Praxis Core must register and pay a $90 fee for each test or $150 for the combination exam.

Step 2: Complete Education Requirements

Maryland has a number of bachelor's degree programs that are approved to train early childhood teachers. These programs include courses that cover topics like early childhood development and ethics in education. Students are also expected to fulfill course requirements in science, mathematics, psychology, English and history. As part of the degree program all students are expected to complete student teaching requirements, which ensures that all graduates have the knowledge and experience needed to start their teaching careers.

Step 3: Pass Content and Pedagogy Exams

Early childhood education teachers must pass a content and a pedagogy exam. The Early Childhood Education content test takes 2 hours, and applicants must earn a 156 or more to pass this test. A score of 157 is needed to pass the 2-hour Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood pedagogy exam. The content test costs $120 while the pedagogy exam costs $146.

Step 4: Apply For Your Certificate

All individuals applying for their teaching certificate in Maryland must send the Maryland State Department of Education a completed application form with transcripts from their degree program. Proof of passing scores from all relevant tests must also be provided. All of these items must accompany a cover letter that states the type of certification sought and any requested identifying information, along with the applicant's mailing and email addresses.

Teacher Certification Resources

Use the links provided here to access practice guides and test resources to prepare for Maryland's teacher certification exams.

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