Maryland Teacher Certification
How to become a teacher in Maryland
Maryland requires teacher applicants to complete and submit the following requirements before obtaining certification or licensure to teach: a cover letter, sealed official transcripts, a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a Maryland Approved Program (MAP), and passing scores on the SAT, ACT, GRE Tests or Praxis Series tests.
- I want to be a teacher in Maryland, but don’t have a degree: Earn an Education Degree
- I want to be a teacher and have a degree, but not in education: Learn about Maryland’s Alternative Certification Process and Programs
- I have a teaching degree and am interested in more education: Learn about Master’s Degree Education Programs or Doctorate Education Programs and Information.
- M.A. in Teaching - Professional Learning Communities (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- B.S. in Early Childhood
- M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Does not lead to initial teacher licensure)
- M.Ed. in Early Childhood (Leads to initial teacher licensure)
- And more...
Maryland Teacher Education Requirements
The state of Maryland requires that Maryland teacher certification applicants earn a degree from an accredited college or university. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the accreditation organization for Maryland. Teacher education programs can include courses in education theory, practical training, and options to specialize in a specific area of education.
Profiles of Well Known Schools
Coppin State University: Coppin State University’s School of Education is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The School has been accredited consecutively since 1962 and continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation for rigorous curriculum and outstanding results for students. The CSU Department of Education has a very rich history of educating the best teachers in the state and country. The Department was founded in 1900 serving the needs of aspiring teachers in Baltimore City. The Department’s mission is to build and train leaders that are second to none at facilitating the learning process to students of all ages and abilities. The faculty and staff members of the CSU Department of Education strongly feel the best educators are excellent planners, cogent communicators, reflective decision makers and lifelong learners. The academic units making up the School of Education include Adult and General Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Health and Human Performance, and Special Education. Degrees are readily available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The US Department of Labor Statistics reported Maryland’s unemployment rate at 7.0% in January 2012, well below the national average of 8.5%. The Occupational Supply and Demand System projects 4,831 annual job openings in Maryland in education and library related fields through 2018. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 58,940 public school and 14,290 private school teachers were employed in Maryland in fall 2008 and 2007 respectively. The average starting teacher’s salary, as reported by the National Education Association, is $42,497 and the average classroom teacher’s salary is $63,960, the 8th highest average amongst US states, and well over the national average of $55,623. The NEA classifies the education job market in Maryland as ‘excellent’, especially in urban areas such as Prince George’s county, Montgomery County, and Baltimore City. The low unemployment rate and large number of projected annual job openings in education fields suggest a steady and fertile job market for education professionals. Further specialization in math, science and foreign language will even further increase employment opportunity in Maryland. Please visit the Maryland State Education Association for news and current information relevant to educational professionals in Maryland. Contact Maryland education and teacher training schools for free information regarding the current job market and certification procedures.
Maryland Teacher Testing Requirements
The state of Maryland accepts any of the SAT, ACT, and GRE tests in place of the Praxis series test, provided candidates meet the required scores for these assessments. Detailed scores and qualifying dates of tests taken are available for viewing from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website or from the Maryland State Department of Education website.
The state of Maryland’s requirement for language teachers differ from other states in that it uses the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) proficiency test which is given through the Language Testing International (LTI) organization.
In Maryland, applicants for a teaching license must submit qualifying scores from the PRAXIS test, SAT, ACT, or GRE test. The PRAXIS test is a basic skills test with three parts; the Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST), the Principles of Learning (PLT) and the PRAXIS II. The first part is required regardless of grade level or specialty. In this part, Reading, Writing, and Math are the three domains tested. The second part is the (PLT) which has sub categories arranged by grade levels. Candidates for becoming a teacher in Maryland will choose the subcategory of the PLT that corresponds to the desired grade range. The PRAXIS II tests specific subject content and subject-specific teaching skills and knowledge.
Maryland Teacher Salary and Jobs
|Type||Number Employed||Average Annual Salary|
|Elementary School Teachers||24,550||$63,260|
|Middle School Teachers||15,660||$67,380|
|Secondary School Teachers||21,900||$64,650|
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.
School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Maryland
Request free information from the following schools to learn more about your options for choosing a teacher degree program. We recommend you: Request information from one or more of these schools
- M.A. in Education/Curriculum and Instruction - Reading
- Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
- M.A. Teaching (K-8)
- Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Program (K-8)
- B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8)
- M.A. Teaching - Mathematics (5-9 or 5-12)
- And more...
- Teacher Aide
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Common Core State Standards Instructional Leader
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
- B.S. in Early Childhood Education (Birth - 5 Years)
- M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education
- And more...
- Education, MS (Online)
- Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology
- Education, MS - Teaching and Learning (Online)
- Education, MS - Leadership (Online)
- And more...
Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Teacher in Maryland
Question: How can I become a substitute teacher in Maryland?
Answer: The only statewide requirement for becoming a substitute teacher in Maryland is to have a high school diploma or a GED. To become a substitute in the state, you must apply to individual districts and meet the requirements set by each one.
Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Maryland
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Pky
Arnold, MD 21012-1895
Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715-9465
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901-1999
College of Notre Dame of Maryland
4701 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210-2476
Columbia Union College
7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702-2964
Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015-1698
401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688
Loyola College in Maryland
4501 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217-4134
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251-0001
Mount St Marys University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7799
1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801-6862
8000 York Rd
Towson, MD 21252-0001
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
J.T. Williams Hall
Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299
University of Maryland-Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD 20742
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