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Orange arrow 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 that conversion, you will not be able to access your records and you will need to contact the Certification Unit to check the status of or 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 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.

Icon - star blue Icon - star blueIMPORTANT RENEWAL REMINDERS: 

IMPORTANT NOTICE -- If your Maryland certificate will expire 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.   

This means that if the state-of-emergency expires prior to June 30, 2020,  there will be no extension to your Maryland certificate renewal deadline, and all requirements must be submitted by June 30, 2020.  If the state-of-emergency lasts until June 30, 2020 or after, 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 by June 30, 2020, since we do not know when the state-of-emergency will end. Keep our unit informed of your progress toward meeting your renewal requirements.   

For July 1, 2020 Certificate RenewalsBased on the notice above, until further notice, in order to renew your certificate, all official documentation to meet your outstanding renewal requirements MUST BE COMPLETED and RECEIVED by the Certification Unit PRIOR to your certificate expiration date of June 30, 2020, so that continuous employment is not jeopardized.  As stated in the Regular Contract (COMAR 13A.07.02.01B): This contract shall automatically terminate if the employee ceases to hold a professional certificate.

For 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 renew the certificate prior to the expiration date.  You should always be aware of the type of certificate you hold and the validity dates of your certificate.  All required official documents verifying completion of certificate renewal requirements must be submitted to the Certification Unit prior to the expiration of the professional certificate so that continuous employment is not jeopardized. 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.           


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs - All Professional Staff    

MSDE General Certificate

MSDE General Certificate and Certificate Renewal Information
Everything you always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about obtaining and renewing your MD teaching certificate.

Quick Reference-MSDE Certificate Renewal Information (PDF)
After downloading your certificate, save this notice for renewal information.

Requirements and Testing

Testing: Praxis/ACTFL Information (PDF)
Information on Praxis II and ACTFL Tests (Specialty or Subject/Content Area Assessments)

Reading Coursework Requirements & Info
What are the MSDE reading requirements & where can I find the courses I need?

Local MCPS Contingencies and Requirements Information
What are local contingencies?

Post-Baccalaureate Record (PBR) Information
Learn more about your PBR and how to request it.

Salary Advancement and Supplemental Pay

Salary Advancement Information 
How do I move to a new salary lane if I am a contracted MCPS professional employee on the MCEA salary schedule?

Supplemental Pay  (PDF)
for Guidance Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, School Psychologists & Speech Pathologists who hold a NATIONAL License/Certificate. 

AD Supplemental Pay (PDF)
for Athletic Directors who hold a NATIONAL License/Certificate.


Adding New Endorsements to Teaching Certificate
Want to add another certification subject area to your MD teaching certificate?

License Renewal for Non-Teaching Positions

MSBE License Renewal Information 
for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists & Speech Pathologists

National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Certification
Frequently asked questions and contact information.

More NBPTS Web Links


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