How to Become a Teacher in Maryland

The Maryland State Department of Education has been nationally recognized as having one of the best public school programs in the United States. In 2012, the state ranked first overall for both Advanced Placement testing scores and by the annual Education Week independent survey of state education departments. Maryland’s education department has been ranked first overall in both areas for four consecutive years. Those interested in obtaining a Maryland teaching license should be aware of the state’s rigorous certification standards.

Education Requirements

Those who hope to become a teacher in Maryland need to meet all education requirements defined by the Maryland State Department of Education. All prospective Maryland teachers need to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program before they can qualify for certification.

Maryland Teaching Certification

To qualify for certification, all candidates need to have a bachelor’s degree and complete a state-approved teacher preparation program. Alternative teaching certification programs are also available for graduates and professionals who have a bachelor’s degree in a non-education field and want to make a career change.

Required Tests

Maryland educators are required to pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), which covers reading, writing, and mathematics. Maryland will accept qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT, or GRE in place of taking the PPST. Candidates also need to take licensure exams in the specializations they wish to teach.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state applicants who want to teach in Maryland have a few teaching certification options. Professional certificates are available to teachers of varying backgrounds and experience levels, but additional testing or training may be required.

Helpful Resources

Anne Arundel Community College

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101 College Pky
Arnold, MD 21012-1895
(410) 777-2222

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Bowie State University

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14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715-9465
(301) 860-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Carroll Community College

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1601 Washington Rd
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 386-8000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Cecil College

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One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901-1999
(410) 287-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Chesapeake College

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1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679-0008
(410) 822-5400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Coppin State University

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2500 West North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
(410) 951-3000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Frederick Community College

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7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702-2964
(301) 846-2400

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Frostburg State University

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101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-1099
(301) 687-4000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Hagerstown Community College

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11400 Robinwood Dr
Hagerstown, MD 21742-6514
(240) 500-2530

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Harford Community College

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401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015-1698
(443) 412-2000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Hood College

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401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-3131

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Howard Community College

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10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy
Columbia, MD 21044-3197
(443) 518-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Johns Hopkins University

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3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688
(410) 516-8000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Loyola University Maryland

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4501 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
(410) 617-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Maryland Institute College of Art

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1300 Mount Royal Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21217-4134
(410) 669-9200

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Maryland University of Integrative Health

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7750 Montpelier Road
Laurel, MD 20723
(410) 888-9048 Ext: 6649

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

McDaniel College

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2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-7000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Accrediting Agency:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Montgomery College

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51 Mannakee Street
Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 567-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Morgan State University

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1700 East Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251-0001
(443) 885-3333

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Mount St Mary's University

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16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7799
(301) 447-6122

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters
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