Do you have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than education, but wish to pursue a career as a public school teacher?
Interested in learning about the traditional approach? Contact schools offering teaching certification programs in Maryland.
Are you an ex-military member looking to become a teacher?
Are you a recent college graduate wishing to begin teaching and receive a salary while completing your teacher preparation program?
If any of these scenarios fit your situation, you’re a candidate for Maryland Alternative Teaching Certification.
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In order to qualify for Maryland’s alternative teaching certification route, you must:
If you opt to take an examination to fulfill the educational requirement for entrance into a MAAPP, you must pass a Basic Skills examination (such as Praxis I, SAT, ACT or GRE) as well as a Praxis II examination in the content area in which you seek certification.
All MAAPPs programs will require you to participate in an internship through local school system that supports the respective program. Internships may last from four to eight weeks, dependant upon your school system’s requirements.
Once hired by a Maryland school system, all prospective Maryland teachers must submit to a criminal history background check. Complete an Application for Criminal History Records Check from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (this will be provided to you by your school system. You’ll also be required to sign a complete Disclosure Statement in which you must disclose any criminal history.
As part of the background check, you will be required to submit to fingerprinting through one of these approved Maryland fingerprinting locations and pay the fees associated with fingerprinting services. Your application will be processed through the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and results will be forwarded to MDSE.
For more information about Maryland Alternative Teaching Certification programs, contact one of the state-approved MAAPPs or the Maryland State Department of Education’ s MAAPP coordinator at 410-767-5654.