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Educator Certification Information

The MCPS Certification Unit that works directly with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide licensure services for all MCPS contracted educators (teachers, specialists and administrators). MCPS is MSDE for MCPS educators and handles ALL licensure needs via its direct access to the  MSDE's The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH).  Please contact a member of the Certification Unit (not MSDE) with any and all questions about your Maryland Educator License and any services we provide to MCPS educators.

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 1-410-767-0390 or at

Certification News

  • There are NEW MSDE regulations as of April 1, 2024. MCPS educators will not need to worry about renewal requirements until transitioned to the new license at the expiration of the current certificate.
  • TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY CREDITS YOU HAVE toward salary advancement or want to track your professional development courses?  We've provided a way for you to track your credits - VIEW and UTILIZE the salary advancement GUIDE to track applicable credits toward salary advancement.
  • VIEW this Power Point presentation (PDF) about understanding salary advancement.

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