Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in Maryland
In order to keep your Maryland teaching certification current, you must meet Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. This will require you to develop an individualized professional development plan. You must complete six hours of CPD every five years to renew your teaching certificate. School systems will offer CPD courses to teachers through their CPD liaison.
You will be assigned a renewal month, either January or July. Your teaching certificate would then be renewed in January or July of every fifth year. Administrative renewal fees are $10.
All Maryland teachers must fulfill the MSDE Reading requirement in order to keep their certification valid. This is a one-time requirement for all current and prospective Maryland teachers.
If you work for a Maryland school system, they will handle the teacher certification renewal process. If you are not currently working for a school system in Maryland but wish to renew your Maryland teaching certification, submit the following to Maryland State Department of Education, Certification Branch, 200 W. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD 21201:
The Certification Branch will process your renewal request and mail your renewed certificate to your address.
If you hold a Maryland teaching certificate that is no longer valid and wish to have it reinstated, submit the following to MSDE at the above address:
If all of the requirements for reinstatement are satisfied, MSDE will notify you via email. Any additional requirement that need to be met for reinstatement to occur will be sent to you in an evaluation.
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