Renew a Teaching Certificate in MD
(not a Maryland teacher, click here to find your state)
How do I renew a teaching certificate in MD?
Requirements for renewal differ based on your employment status and the type of certificate you hold.
Those certificate holders who are under contract with a Maryland local school system, a non-public school providing services to special education students, or a State institution, should work directly with their employer to discuss the requirements to renew.
If you are not under contract with a MD local school system, non-public school providing services to special education students, or a State institution, you will need to submit a renewal application through The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH). Be prepared to submit:
- six (6) semester hour credits or
- 90 CPDs
15 CPD Contact Hours = 1 credit
What state requirements does a teacher in Maryland need to meet for renewal?
Acceptable credit is credit that is:
- Earned or taught at a regionally accredited college/university or through Maryland approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits; and
- Related to a school assignment; and
- Earned within 5 years immediately preceding the date the certificate is issued; and
- Earned in required reading course work if not already completed (teaching areas only).
How does a teacher reinstate an expired Maryland Professional Certificate?
A teacher in MD can reinstate an expired teaching certificate with 6 semester hours from a regionally accredited university.
How does a school counselor renew a current certificate or reinstate an expired certificate?
A certificate of school counseling can be renewed with 6 semester hours from a regionally accredited university. It must address the following:
The need for intervention or referral in response to indicators of mental illness; and the identification of professional resources and best practices for distributing resources to parents or guardians to help students in crisis. This semester hour can be found here.
Beginning July 1, 2021, a Maryland school counselor can reinstate an expired teaching certificate with 6 semester hours from a regionally accredited university.
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How do I contact the MD State Department of Education?
Contact the Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
Disclaimer: Please ensure the information and courses meet requirements for your teaching certificate and circumstances and align with what your state Department of Education requires. The new continuing education information and courses listed on this page are current as of August 25th, 2023 to meet the best information available. State licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is your responsibility as a licensed or certified teacher to know your state certification renewal requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional and staff development hours for renewing a license, licensing and certificate renewal and expired or lapsed certification. Professional Learning Board can not guarantee acceptance by your school, district, state Department of Education or licensing authority.