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Salary Advancement Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The lump sum previously given to educators who received approved salary lane changes ended June 30, 2018 with the newly ratified and approved negotiated agreements effective July 1, 2018.  

The Certification Unit in the Department of Certification & Staffing (DCS), determines the applicability of all degrees and credits for placement on the various salary schedules. Acceptable courses (grade "C" or better) and degrees would be those that are relevant to the professional assignment and/or to the anticipated professional responsibility and taken beyond the normal workday (see MCEA Contract, Article 14E3). All graduate credits taken through a regionally accredited college/university and MSDE approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits earned after the completion of the bachelor's degree are acceptable toward advanced salary placement.  

Procedure for Requesting Advanced Salary Placement

PLEASE NOTE:  Placement on advanced salary lanes is not automatic. It is the professional's responsibility to request advanced salary placement when they have met all requirements and are qualified for a lane change.
Salary advancement is requested by submitting the original OR digitally signed and dated Form 475-1, Request for Advanced Salary Placement to the Certification Unit. Please review and follow the instructions on page 2 of the Form 475-1 in order to ensure acceptable submission and choose ONLY ONE of the following submission options:

Via Email:

Via Interoffice Mail (pony):   ATTN: Certification Unit, OHRD/DCS, 45 W. Gude, Suite 2300

Via Regular U.S. Mail to:   
ATTN: Certification Unit, MCPS–OHRD/DCS, 45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2300, Rockville, MD  20850-1159 

This form is to be used only when you qualify for a salary lane change. Do NOT use this form to submit original, official coursework to be added to your certification file unless you are qualified for a salary lane change at that time. See instructions for submitting official documentation. The request will be processed only when successful completion of all coursework has been verified by the certification unit. The unit has a two week period after the Last Date for Human Resources to Receive All Official Documentation to process and notify the educator. See Important Notes below for more information

Qualifying for Advanced Salary Placement

Salary lane changes will occur no later than the second pay period after all required and verified official documentation of eligibility is submitted to the Certification Unit. Yearly "salary schedules" can be accessed on the ERSC Web site.

For information concerning qualifications for placement on advanced salary schedules, please refer to Policy GHC: Salaries and Other Benefits of Professional Personnel or contact the Certification Unit.

Overview of Salary Lanes

The following chart reflects an overview of the salary lanes. Click on the applicable salary lane for more information related to that salary lane.  Also, take a moment to view this Power Point presentation (PDF) about understanding salary advancement.  We believe you will find it very informative.  

Bachelor’s Master’s or
Master’s Equivalent
Bachelor’s degree or non-degree T & I (Trades and Industry) or non-degree PTE (Professional & Technical Education)*

A minimum of 30 post-baccalaureate credits, 15 of which must be graduate; the remaining 15 may be graduate or CPD; or

Two bachelor’s degree conferrals with a minimum of 30 credits in the second degree or a total of 150 credits earned with both bachelor's degrees

Master’s+30 or
Master’s Equivalent+30
Master’s+60 or
Master’s Equivalent+60
A minimum of 60 post-baccalaureate credits, 15 of which must be graduate; the remaining 45 may be graduate or CPD  A minimum of 90 post-baccalaureate credits, 15 of which must be graduate; the remaining 75 may be graduate or CPD 

 Important Notes

  • post-baccalaureate record (PBR) is NOT a prerequisite to applying for salary advancement.
  • The terms "credit" refers to semester hours. Quarter hour credits are converted to semester hour credits with three quarter hours equaling two semester hours.
  • Acceptable courses (grade "C" or better) and degrees are those that are relevant to the professional assignment and/or to the anticipated professional responsibility and are taken beyond the normal workday (see MCEA Contract, Article 14E3).  
  • Make sure you are do not take coursework that you have previously taken.  Duplicate coursework is not acceptable.
  • ONLY GRADUATE and CPD credits count toward advanced salary placement. Undergraduate credits, equivalent credits, continuing education units (CEUs) and clock hours are not applicable toward advanced salary placement. 
  • CPD credits are only courses approved by MSDE for CPD (continuing professional development) credits. MCPS does not determine what receives CPD credit.
  • Graduate credits earned prior to the granting of a bachelor's degree, even though not required for the undergraduate degree, will not be accepted as graduate credit unless an advanced degree has been granted and the credit was part of the advanced degree program (not a prerequisite). 
  • Clock hours earned from trainings, workshops, conferences, or other similar experiences and that may be reflected on your PDO transcript do not count toward salary advancement.  
  • PDO transcripts will not be accepted as a form of official documentation regarding credits used toward salary advancement.  If you took any SST or OAT courses through PDO and opted for graduate credit, you must submit an original, official transcript for these courses to our unit. See instructions for submitting this documentation
  • *Non-degree Trades & Industry employees should contact the Certification Unit regarding salary advancement. 
  • An employee who has earned a second bachelor's degree after the granting of the first bachelor's degree should refer to the information on the MEQ salary lane. and contact the Certification Unit for additional information and clarification. 


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