Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Maryland


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website http://www.mdcert.org/
State information on reciprocity http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DEE/Certification/apply/Overview.aspx
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Maryland is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates who do not meet experience requirements or who are unable to enter via an approved out-of-state program are subject to a transcript analysis. If deficiencies are found on the required transcript analysis, additional coursework may be required. In addition, candidates with certification in a secondary content area, special education Six-Adult and Pre-K disciplines are required to complete six semester hours in reading. Candidates with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels are required to complete 12 semester hours in reading. Additional reading coursework is not required of candidates who met the Maryland reading coursework requirements in their issuing state. Source
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? Yes, but not for all candidates. Applicants with certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education at the early childhood and elementary levels may test out of the reading requirement by meeting the qualifying score on the Praxis II assessment (Teaching Reading: Elementary Education). Source
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? Yes, but not for all candidates. Out-of-state candidates must present qualifying scores on basic skills, content and pedagogy assessments or show evidence of meeting experience requirements. Source
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? Yes. Out-of-state candidates who have an active professional certificate from another state and three years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience within the past seven years in the subject area on their certificates are exempted from assessment requirements. Candidates who have an active or expired professional certificate from another state and two years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience are also exempted from assessment requirements but must show evidence of completing an approved educator preparation program. Candidates who graduated from an out-of-state preparation program and who hold an active, professional certificate can be exempted from additional assessment requirements if they met the issuing state’s qualifying test scores to receive certification. Candidates who graduated from an out-of-state preparation program but who do not meet experience requirements or hold an out-of-state certificate must pass basic skills, content and pedagogy assessments. COMAR 13A.12.01.04
COMAR 13A.12.01.05
Source
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? Yes. Candidates meeting experience requirements must present documentation of satisfactory teaching experience. Candidates who can show evidence of two or three years of satisfactory full-time teaching experience are, subject to meeting other requirements, exempted from assessment requirements. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? No. Maryland has three main licensure levels: Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC), Standard Professional I & II (SPC), and Advanced Professional Certificate (APC). Out-of-state candidates with advanced credentials are granted a Professional Eligibility Certificate until they become employed in a school system. To advance to a higher tier, out-of-state candidates must meet the same requirements as in-state candidates. Source
Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. State statute permits the state superintendent to issue a temporary educator certificate to a military spouse who holds a valid certificate or license in good standing in another state but who does not meet the qualifications for educator certification in Maryland if the individual is employed at a local school district and the district places a request for the individual to receive certification. Statute also permits expedited certification for military spouses meeting certain requirements. MD Code, Education, § 6-101.1

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