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Welcome to the website of the MCPS Certification Unit that works directly with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide certification services for all MCPS professional employees. Once employed by MCPS as a contracted educator, specialist or administrator, MCPS handles ALL of your certification via its direct access to the MSDE's Educator Information System (EIS). Please contact a member of the Certification Unit with any and all questions about your Maryland Educator Certificate, local MCPS contingencies, salary advancement, course applicability, and equivalent credit applicability.
NOTE: Information given by any other office or MCPS employee may not pertain to your specific needs or circumstances.
If you are not a contracted MCPS educator OR if you are an MCPS supporting services employee or substitute teacher, you must contact MSDE directly for certification services at 1-410-767-0412 or toll-free at 1-866-772-8922 or at www.mdcert.org.
IMPORTANT NOTICE re Salary Advancement: With the newly ratified and approved negotiated agreements effective July 1, 2018, the lump sum given to educators who receive approved salary lane changes ends June 30, 2018. Salary advancement will continue to be a benefit to educators; however, the lump sum will not.
Therefore, by the June 6, 2018 cut-off date, the original signed Form 475-1, Request for Advanced Salary Placement (no faxes, emails, or photocopies accepted) and all official transcripts required for the review and approval of the lane change, must be received by the Certification Unit. If the educator is eligible for the salary lane change, then the new approved salary lane will be effective on June 23, 2018, and the educator will receive the one-time lump sum payment of $1,200 (based on their FTE) for qualifying for the lane change. The new effective salary lane and the lump sum payment will be reflected in the July 20, 2018 paycheck.
Any requests and/or official documentation for salary advancement received on or after June 7, 2018, will not receive the one-time lump sum payment if approved for the salary lane change.
The MSDE Educator Information System (EIS) opened the educator portal on August 10, 2015. If you did not have a portal username and password prior to the conversion to the new EIS, you will not be able to access your records; therefore you will need to contact the Certification Unit to check the status of and to request a copy of your digital certificate. If you have a portal username, please continue to check on the status of your digital certificate.
The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) DIGITAL Certificate! Maryland’s web-based Educator Information System (EIS) provides educators with access to their personal certification information. Access EIS and your Maryland teaching certificate.
Important Notice for all NEW MCPS Educators: Welcome to MCPS! Please be sure to finish all of your onboarding steps and new hire certification processes as directed. In particular, review the items under Getting Started on the New MCPS Educators certification information page. Now that you are an MCPS educator, we will oversee everything related to your certification needs and you should no longer be in contact with MSDE. Always read any notification or email that you receive from the Certification Unit and respond accordingly. Have a great year with MCPS!
Important Reminder to all professionally contracted MCPS educators holding a Maryland Professional Teaching Certificate: It is the responsibility of the certificate holder to know the current certification requirements and to complete the requirements to renew the certificate prior to the expiration date. See our MSDE General Certificate Information page for additional information and the requirements for your particular certificate.