Educator Certification Information

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 The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH).  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.


IMPORTANT NOTES: 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

Icon - star blueIcon - star blue  URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) will be releasing The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH) in April! TEACH will replace the current certification application system, which was disabled on April 20, 2022. TEACH is expected to be released on or around April 27, 2022.   

  • ALL existing certificate holders, including all MCPS certificated educatorsMUST complete a one-time registration by visiting TEACH at once the system is released. See the TEACH Registration Guide
  • MSDE will be providing technical support for educators needing assistance during the registration process. Should you need assistance, please email  
  • MCPS educators will continue to work directly with the MCPS Certification Unit regarding any changes to their Maryland certificates. The MCPS Certification Unit will provide guidance as we all learn how to best leverage the new TEACH system. See the MCPS TEACH Application Overview. 
  • When it's time to renew your Maryland Educator Certificate, use the following renewal application instruction guide; however, please note that you are to complete the required renewal application ONLY after MCPS has informed you that you are eligible for the renewal of your Maryland Educator Certificate.  Please do NOT submit the required renewal application to the new TEACH platform until MCPS has instructed you to do so. MCPS TEACH Application Guide-RENEWAL/REINSTATEMENT instructions
  • All Maryland educators will have access to an online Dashboard where they may apply for certification, make payments, download their certificate, access various online services, and update their contact information. 

Orange arrow NOTICE for NEW MCPS Educators -- Welcome to MCPS!  Please be sure to finish all 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, remember that we oversee everything related to your certification needs and you should no longer be in contact with MSDE.   ALWAYS read notifications/emails you receive from the Certification Unit and respond accordingly.  Have a great year with MCPS!    

 Icon - orange arrowREMINDER to all professionally contracted MCPS educators holding a Maryland Educator 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 regarding the new required renewal application under the new TEACH platform and the requirements for your particular certificate. Please be sure to take care of all of your renewal requirements in a timely fashion.         

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