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Maryland Teacher Certification    Alternative Teacher Certification Programs 

Maryland Teacher Certification

All public school educators in the state of Maryland are required to hold a Maryland teaching certificate. Certificates are issued to candidates who have completed the appropriate academic preparation, testing, and/or experience. Additional education/experience is required to receive continued certification. For additional information about the Maryland Teacher Certification program, please refer to the links below.

Due to the Federal Law, “No Child Left Behind,” all teachers in Core Academic Subjects are required to be “highly qualified.” The highly qualified designation is not reciprocal between states. Therefore, holding a highly qualified designation in another state does not guarantee that you are highly qualified in Maryland.

For more information on Maryland certification and highly qualified status in Maryland please refer to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website.

Alternative Teacher Certification Programs – Career Changers

Resident Teacher Certification (RTC) Program

The Anne Arundel County RTC Program assists outstanding, capable professionals with a desire to teach in Anne Arundel County Public Schools by providing a seamless transition and fast route to earning full teacher certification in the state of Maryland. The RTC program is a partnership between Anne Arundel County Community College and AACPS and provides funding for tuition and mentor support for participants.

Interested candidates who have been offered a position by AACPS can apply to the RTC Program. You may qualify to participate in this alternative teacher preparation program if you have a bachelor’s or graduate degree with expertise in Math, Science, or Foreign-Language studies. Those who complete the program will receive a standard Maryland State Department of Education Teaching Certificate (SPC 1). This intensive program consists of education courses and internship opportunities in a variety of school settings in AACPS.

Candidates for this program must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the U.S. with a minimum of 2.75 GPA (Content area) with 24 semester hours in a “Critical Shortage” content area and 6 additional college credits in a related content area. The “Critical Shortage Areas” are: Science (Chemistry, Physics), Mathematics (Higher-level courses as Calculus), and World/Classical Languages (particularly Chinese and Spanish).
  • Passing scores on Praxis I and II (Content area portion) You must achieve passing scores on Praxis II Content in order to be eligible for participation in the RTC Program. Please attach a photocopy of the Praxis I and Praxis II (Content) score report to this application.
  • Willingness to participate in an alternative teacher certification program
  • Availability for participation in “Pre-service” requirements (seminars and courses) from May -August; time-intensive coursework continues through fall, 2012.
  • Valid email address and regular access to a computer.

AACPS will not be accepting any external applicants for this program, however, conditional teacher who currently work for AACPS may be moved into this program in order to complete certification requirements.

For more information, contact:

 The number of participants accepted is based on available funding

MAAPP/RTC Program (Special Education & Elementary or Secondary Education Certification)

The Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) Resident Teacher Certificate (RTC) is a two year program that provides support to career changers who are interested in becoming Special Education Teachers in Elementary or Secondary Education. The program is in partnership with the College of Notre Dame of MD and the Maryland State Department of Education. Those accepted into this program will attend classes and participate in an internship during the summer months and will be placed in a classroom in August. Candidates who successfully complete this program will emerge with a state approved certification in the area of Special Education.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates interested in this program must meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor’s degree (may not be in Education) – your transcripts will be reviewed by the College of Notre Dame of MD to determine if your completed course work is best suited to pursue certification in Elementary or Secondary Education
  • An average of “B” or better in qualifying courses
  • Passing scores on Praxis I and Praxis II (Praxis II does not have to be completed at time of application)
  • Interest in teaching Special Education students
  • Commitment to teach in Anne Arundel County Public Schools for three years upon completion of the program

This program is limited to a cohort of 15 individuals. All applicants must submit a complete application package that will be reviewed by AACPS and College of Notre Dame representatives for accuracy, validity, and quality. Candidates will then be selected for an interview with a screening committee. The screening committee will select the final 15 candidates that will participate in the program.

The application package must contain the following materials:

  • A letter expressing your interest in this program (letter should be addressed to Mary P. Tillar, Director of Special Education)
  • A resume
  • College transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this time)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Praxis I scores
  • Praxis II scores if available

The application process is available for candidates in December or January. The screening interviews are held in April and selected candidates will be notified by the beginning of May.

View more information on this program

Application packages can be sent to Janie Sheehan, Division of Special Education, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information please contact Debbie Montgomery at 410-222-5066.

  • Janie Sheehan, Analyst, Special Ed Support, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 410-222-5411
  • Debbie Montgomery, Recruitment Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 410-222-5066