Maryland State Teacher Certification Renewal

The state of Maryland requires that educators renew their licenses with the Maryland Department of Education every five years. This article will review how educators can do this.

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Maryland, like every state, requires that educators renew their license within a specific time period. For educators that are currently teaching at a Maryland school, their renewal will be processed by their employer. Those educators not currently teaching at a Maryland school must request the renewal themselves.

Maryland Educator Requirements

Average Salary for Education Professionals in Maryland $64,830 (Kindergarten), $67,340 (Elementary), $65,110 (Middle School), $69,070 (High School)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Education
Testing Requirements Basic Skills and Content & Pedagogy Exams

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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How to Renew Your Maryland Certification

The first step an educator must take is to create a cover letter that includes: the request for renewal of the educator's certificate, educator's full name, educator's email address, a current phone number, and the last four digits of the educator's social security number. The educator must also submit proof that they completed six hours of acceptable continuing education hours. The proof of hours must be submitted as an unopened official transcript or Maryland State Department of Education approved Continuing Professional Development credits that have been earned within five years of the expected expiration date. The final step is submitting the cover letter and proof of hours by either mailing or emailing the information to the Maryland Department of Education.

More Information on Continuing Education Hours

As stated previously, in order for a teacher to renew their certification they must earn six hours of acceptable credit. Acceptable credit is often earned as approved Continuing Professional Development credits that come through an accredited university. It can also be earned in completing required reading course work in teaching areas only. Regardless of how the credit is earned, it must be completed prior to renewal.

Renewal Resources for Maryland Educators

Within this section, you will find resources that can be used to assist in pursuing education-related professional learning. The links below lead to courses that can earn credits for the renewal of a teaching license.

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