MD Early Childhood Education Certification and Exam Requirements

Maryland Early Childhood Education Certification and Exam Requirements

In Maryland, this program leads to a certification in Early Childhood Education Pk-Grade 3.

1) Content Exam:  Praxis 5025, Early Childhood Education (OR Praxis 0022 or 5022, Early Childhood: Content Knowledge if passed prior to 9/1/2016)

2) Pedagogy Exams:
         Praxis 5621, Principles of Learning  and Teaching: Early Childhood AND
         Praxis 5203, Teaching Reading, Elementary Education*

*If passed prior to 9/1/2019. After 9/1/2019, candidates must pass the Praxis 5205, Teaching Reading: Elementary


Note: Effective 7/1/2019, if you completed edTPA during the demonstration teaching portion of your WGU teacher preparation program, then you do not need to pass Praxis 5621, Principles of Learning and Teaching: Early Childhood. If you did not complete edTPA, then you will need to pass Praxis 5621 to be eligible for licensure recommendation in Maryland.


3)  WGU Program Requirement : Praxis 5001 Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects

You must pass this exam, or a WGU Program Requirement exam previously accepted for the Early Childhood Education program, in order to graduate from this program and be recommended for certification. 
Note: Students who matriculated before March 1, 2012 are not required to meet this requirement.

*Previous Exam Requirements:  Note that exam requirements have changed. 

Beginning September 1, 2013, Maryland replaced the Reading exam from the 0201 to the 5203. Students who passed the 0201 prior to 9/1/13 will have one year, until 9/1/2014 to use this exam for licensure. After this 9/1/2014, all students will need to pass the 5203, Teaching Reading, Elementary Education.

Beginning July 1, 2011, Maryland requires that all applicants for licensure must pass the Praxis 5621.  The Praxis 5621 has replaced the Praxis 0521 exam previously required for certification.  Maryland does not offer a grace period for candidates who completed the old requirement prior to July 1, 2011.   If you passed 0521 prior to July 1, 2011, you have two options:  (1) either take and pass the new requirement, Praxis 5621 or (2) apply first for licensure in UT meeting UT requirements and then to MD as an applicant with an out-of-state license.

Visit these links for more important information:

General Information About Licensing in Maryland

Registering for Praxis Exams                                                  
Submitting Exam Scores to WGU
Applying for your Maryland Teaching License




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