MD Certification Requirements and Available Licenses

Maryland Certification Requirements and Available Licenses




Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)


Elementary Education, 1-6 

Special Education, Grades 1-8 or Grades 6-12

Middle School Mathematics, Grades 4-9

Middle School Science, Grades 4-9

Secondary Social Studies, Grades 7-12

Secondary Mathematics, Grades 7-12

Secondary Biology, Grades 7-12

Secondary Chemistry, Grades 7-12

Secondary Earth/Space Science, Grades 7-12

Secondary Physics, Grades 7-12

Secondary English, Grades 7-12 

English for Speakers of Other Languages


Administrator II (principal)


Maryland has the following general requirements for all applicants for initial teacher certification who have completed an out-of-state teacher preparation program:

1. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program.

2. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home-state of the program.

3. BASIC SKILLS REQUIREMENT: Passing scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (Core) or one of the approved alternative exams.

4. EXAM REQUIREMENTS: Passing scores on all of the required Praxis content and pedagogy exams.

5. READING REQUIREMENT (for licensure renewal): Early childhood, elementary education, and or elementary education / special education teacher candidates are required to either complete 12 semester hours of approved reading coursework or pass the Praxis 5203: Teaching Reading, Elementary Education exam. Secondary education, N-12, and secondary special education teachers are required to complete six semester hours of approved reading coursework. 


WGU's programs do not contain this much reading coursework. 


Early childhood, and elementary regular and special education candidates are encouraged to take the Praxis 5203 exam.  Secondary education candidates are encouraged to pursue the required reading coursework. More information about Maryland's reading requirements for licensure renewal is available here.


The reading coursework requirements are not necessary to obtain an initial Maryland license upon completion of your teacher preparation program. Rather, the requirements must be met at the time of licensure renewal.

6. SPECIAL NEEDS REQUIREMENT: Maryland also requires that all certificate holders have 3 semester hours in inclusion of special needs populations. This coursework is part of WGU's teacher preparation programs.

7. TEACHING PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT: Completion of teaching performance assessment (edTPA) during student teaching. 

For further details on Maryland teacher certification requirements, please see the Maryland Department of Education website.



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