MD Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

Maryland Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions


To be eligible for Maryland Certification, all students must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript; this includes Bachelor's, Post-Baccalaureate and Master's students. 

Maryland accepts direct applications for licensure from those graduating from an out-of-state, approved educator preparation program like those offered by WGU. Follow the steps below to prepare your application for Maryland Licensure. This information can also be found on the Maryland State Department of Education website.


Step 1: Create a portal account. Documents received prior to the creation of a portal account will be discarded.

Step 2: Download and fill out the application form.  Applicants for administrator certification need to verify at least 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance on a professional certificate or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist. 


Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts, see the Official WGU Transcript Request instructions.  Do not request a transcript until you have received notice of graduation, so that your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.

Step 4: Email to request that the WGU Certification Officer send you a letter of recommendation for certification on university letterhead. In your email please confirm your current mailing address, and (if applicable) attach a copy of your pedagogy exam scores if you have not already reported them to the WGU Scores Office.

Step 5: Compile your application packet:
1. Official transcripts,
2. Application form,
3. Experience Verification form (if applicable),
4. Copies of your score reports documenting your passing scores on the PRAXIS/ SLLA tests required by the state of Maryland for your certification area.
5. Sealed letter of recommendation for licensure
6. Cover letter with your name, complete mailing address, social security number, and the area of certification you are seeking.  You are also encouraged to include your daytime telephone number and personal e-mail address.
Step 6:  Send your complete packet to the following address:

                  Maryland State Department of Education
                  Certification Branch
                  200 W. Baltimore Street
                  Baltimore, MD 21201

You will not be billed for an application fee until the Maryland State Department of Education reviews your application packet and determines your eligibility for Maryland certification. 




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