Human Resources and Development → Educator Certification Information → New Educators
URGENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH) in April! TEACH replaced the former Educator Information System which was disabled effective April 20, 2022.
WELCOME TO MCPS! We hope you will take a moment to check out our certification website. It contains a wealth of information related to your certification needs, salary advancement, local requirements and much, much more. 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. NOTE: Information given by any other office or MCPS employee may not pertain to your specific needs or circumstances. Please be sure that you have reviewed and completed any required instructions under the Getting Started section below.
Sometime during the school year, if applicable, you will receive an Outlook email with certification information specific to you from the Certification Unit. The notification will contain your specific certification status and any needs, requirements, contingencies and/or outstanding documentation that you might have. Make sure you RETAIN this important certification information in your personal files and contact our office with any questions. Always read any notification or email that you receive from the Certification Unit and respond accordingly. Have a great year with MCPS!
Under MSDE's new The Educator Application and Certification Hub (TEACH) platform, you must first register on TEACH and then complete and submit an appropriate application, if applicable. Please REVIEW the following information:
MCPS TEACH Application Overview – Please review and
keep this for reference so you are aware of what requests can be made
through TEACH and when they may be applicable.
MCPS TEACH Application Guide-Initial Application – Only
for educators hired in a permanent position that requires a MD Educator
Certificate. Please do not complete this application until your effective
start date. The MCPS Certification Unit works on reviewing all educators
new to MCPS during the school year.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (PDF)Check out our FAQ for new hires for answers to your questions.
Testing Requirements for New Educators: Praxis/ACTFL (PDF) MSDE Test Requirements for Beginning Teachers, Specialists & Administrators
Reading Coursework Requirements & InfoWhat are the MSDE reading requirements & where can I find the courses I need?
Salary Advancement InformationHow 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 only Athletic Directors who hold a NATIONAL License/Certificate.
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) CertificationFrequently asked questions and contact information.
More NBPTS Web Links
Certification home page