Online PD Courses for teachers in Maryland (MD)
(not a Maryland teacher, click here to find your state)
How do I renew a teaching certificate or license in Maryland?
According to the Professional Standards and Teacher Education Board, teachers employed in a school submit their Individual Professional Development Plan (free PD tracker with any course) documentation for renewal requirements directly to their employer. Educators not employed by school, submit to the Maryland State Department of Education. A teacher who receives a license is responsible for initiating the renewal of the license and renewal requirements must be received prior to the expiration date of the license in order to be considered continuous. Select either as provided under the regulations at the time of commencement of, and during, your renewal cycle:
- six (6) semester hour credits or
- obtaining 90 PDPs
What state requirements does a teacher in MD need to meet for renewal?
Professional Development Point (PDPs) unit of measurement for professional development activities are measured as follows:
- 1 clock hour is equivalent to 1 PDP;
- 1 semester hour is equivalent to 15 PDPs;
- 1 Department approved Continuing Professional Development credit is equivalent to 15 PDPs
- 1 continuing education unit is equivalent to 10 PDPs.
Educators applying to renew an Initial Professional or Professional License are required to complete a minimum of 90 Professional Development Points (PDPs) to include:
- Content related to an area on the educator’s license;
- English as a Second Language, Sheltered English, Bilingual Education, strategies for teaching students with disabilities or diverse learning styles; and
- Culturally Responsive Teaching or diversity in education.
6 online semester hour classes for educators in Maryland are considered acceptable credits on an official transcript from a regionally accredited university and should be related to your school assignment. These must be earned within 5 years immediately preceding the date the certificate is issued.
How do I contact the Maryland State Department of Education?
Contact the Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
The information and courses listed on this page are presented as of January 1st, 2020. Please note that state licensing requirements and school district approval processes may change and it is the responsibility of each teacher to know their licensing requirements and the process for submission and approval of all professional development and licensing requirements. Professional Learning Board does not guarantee acceptance by your school, district or licensing authority.