Educator Certification Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Effective 3/31/2020 & Updated 10/1/2020:  As we continue to work remotely and have very limited access to our office under current MCPS COVID-19 guidelines, our access to information may be limited and confirming receipt of documentation/transcripts submitted may take additional time.  Please note, however, that we do have in place a process to receive both incoming mail and documents/transcripts submitted electronically following our submission guidelines.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.  We hope you continue to STAY SAFE and WELL!


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.
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 yellow Icon - star yellowIMPORTANT NOTICE --  If your Maryland certificate expired on June 30, 2020, on March 5th, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order regarding the renewal of all permits, licenses, and registrations, which includes Maryland Educator Certificates. The order states that all certificates set to expire during the state-of-emergency will be extended 30 days after the date by which the state-of-emergency is lifted.

Since the state-of emergency is still in place, you will have until the 30th day after the state-of-emergency expires to submit your renewal requirements and remain in good standing.  We strongly recommend completing all renewal requirements as soon as possible, since we do not know when the state-of-emergency will end.  Keep our unit informed of your progress toward meeting your renewal requirements. 

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.  

Icon - star yellowPLEASE NOTE that 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.

Orange arrow 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 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.  Please be sure to take care of all of your renewal requirements in a timely fashion.        

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