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 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 www.mdcert.org.

Certification News

Icon - star yellowIMPORTANT NOTICEIcon - star yellow -  Governor Hogan signed an amended order on March 9, 2021, issuing a June 30, 2021, expiration date for all licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the State of Maryland, which expire prior to June 30, 2021.  This includes Maryland Educator Certificates that were valid through December 31, 2020.  This also means that all certificates expiring June 30, 2021, will expire on that date.  Keep our unit informed of your progress toward meeting your renewal requirements.     

Icon - orange arrowThe 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 - orange arrowPLEASE 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 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 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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