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Salary Advancement Information

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  With the newly ratified and approved negotiated agreements effective July 1, 2018, the lump sum given to educators who receive approved salary lane changes ended June 30, 2018. Salary advancement will continue to be a benefit to educators; however, the lump sum will not.    

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. 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.

If you are unsure about what completed and verified course work is in your certification file that is applicable toward salary advancement, please see additional information on the Post-Baccalaureate Record information page.

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 signed and dated Form 475-1, Request for Advanced Salary Placement (faxes and email requests are not acceptable) to the Certification Unit: 

Via Interoffice Mail (pony):         ATTN: Certification Unit
                                                    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

Important Note:  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. 

  • A post-baccalaureate record (PBR) is NOT a prerequisite to applying for salary advancement.
  • The request will be processed only when successful completion of all coursework has been verified by the certification unit.
  • Professional Development Online (PDO) transcript printouts are NOT acceptable.
  • Credit verification forms are automatically filed for all MCPS CPD courses; however, completion of a university or college course must be verified by submitting an original, official transcript to the Certification Unit (photocopies, computer printouts, faxes and PDO printouts are NOT acceptable).
  • In addition, original, official MSDE CPD credit slips must also be submitted for approval and distribution.  See instructions for submitting this documentation
  • CPD credits are only courses approved by MSDE for CPD (continuing professional development) credits.   

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. 

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

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.  
  • *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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