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Educator Certification Information

middle circleWelcome 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

Certification News

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The MSDE Educator Information System (EIS) transitioned to a new database which has impacted our ability to process requests and changes to our MCPS educators' certificates.  We are now in the process of entering the requests for educators hired this school year and our July 2016 certificate renewals.  It may be several months before your digital certificate is available to download, so thank you in advance for your patience. 

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.

Icon - star yellowThe 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

 Orange arrowImportant 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 accordinglyHave a great year with MCPS! 

 Icon - star blueImportant 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.       

Forms & General Information

  • Forms and General Information for All Certified Educators
  • We do NOT handle TUITION REIMBURSEMENT:  All questions related to teacher tuition reimbursement must be directed to Robin Hart via Outlook email OR by calling 301-315-7383.   
    NOTE: The tuition reimbursement office cannot answer certification questions.  After reviewing this certification website, if you still have certification questions, please contact someone in the certification unit. Questions related to tuition reimbursement go to that office (see above).

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