Alternative Teacher Certification Programs


    During the 20-21 school year our SYTYCT Workshops will be conducted in a two-part program to assist Career Changers with a bachelor's degree or higher who wish to teach in Anne Arundel County Public School. The virtual sessions will answer questions about how to apply for the teaching position, MSDE teacher certification requirements, pathways and resources that lead to certification, AACPS alternative certification programs, Human Resources employment opportunities, and HR application and hiring procedures.  First, as Part I, interested career changers should consider attending a Teach Tuesday's session offered by the HR Recruitment Team through a Zoom meeting offered in March, April and May. Zoom Links will advertised on the Recruitment Events page of the AACPS web site at  No pre-registration is required.

    Part 2 of our So You Think You Can Teach career changers' workshop will be offered on several dates this hiring season.  The one hour SYTYCT workshop held through Google Meet with dates and links advertised on the AACPS Human Resources Recruitment Events page.   Part 2 SYTYCT will review optional pathways to become certified to teach in Maryland and will give career changers details on one of AACPS's Alternative Certification Programs, the AACC/AACPS RTC program described below.  No pre-registration will be required.  When you click the link to join the SYTYCT workshop, please wait so that you can be admitted to the meeting.  This process may take a few minutes and slightly delay the start time of our presentation.

    For questions about the SYTYCT workshop Part 2 or follow up steps contact

    Additional general Maryland information for career changers (non-certified college graduates) can always be found on the MSDE website -



    1. Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) Resident Teacher Certification (RTC) Program for General Educators
    2. MAAPP/RTC Program (Special Education & Elementary or Secondary Education Certification)

    Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) Resident Teacher Certification (RTC) Program for General Educators In Secondary Critical Shortage Areas

    The AACPS - AACC MAAPP/RTC Program assists outstanding, capable professionals with a desire to teach in Anne Arundel County Public Schools by providing a seamless, efficient transition and structured route to earning full teacher certification (SPC1) in the state of Maryland. The MAAPP/RTC program is a partnership between Anne Arundel Community College and AACPS and provides funding for tuition and mentor support for participants.


    First, interested current AACPS conditionally certified teachers or those teacher applicants who have been offered a position (open contract) by AACPS can apply to the MAAPP/RTC Program. You may qualify to participate in this alternative teacher preparation program if you have a bachelor’s or graduate degree and expertise as documented by a passing Praxis Content score in Math, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Language Arts,  English, Computer Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, Social Studies, Technology Education, or Foreign-Language (French or Spanish) studies and meet the other application requirements listed below. Those who complete the program will receive a standard Maryland State Department of Education Teaching Certificate (SPC 1). This intensive program consists of education college courses, professional development, mentorship, an internship opportunity within your school-based teaching position in AACPS and a residency lasting between one to two school years.

    A second way to apply is through an annual Panel Interview Process for external applicants - not yet hired as teachers by AACPS; generally held in April.  Applicants for this panel interview must submit a complete application packet and supportive documents to Deborah Montgomery, RTC Program Manager by March 15, 2021. Contact for forms and guidance.      The panel of AACC instructors. AACPS principals, curriculum and recruitment staff members will evaluate a candidate's background, readiness and/or potential for teaching at middle and or high school levels in specific critical shortage areas/positions determined in collaboration with our HR recruitment team. This year's panel content areas will be announced at Part 2 of the SYTYCT Career Changer Information Session in February.  Outstanding interview candidates may receive an HR open contract offer for a teaching position for the 2021-22 school year and enrollment in the RTC program. Other panel participants not recommended for an open offer contract may continue to interview at schools for teaching positions with the opportunity to participate in the RTC program if hired later in the hiring season.

    Candidates for this alternative certification program must meet the following requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the U.S. with a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA.  The “Critical Shortage Areas” are: Middle School Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Middle and High School Mathematics, Family and Consumer Sciences, Technology Education, Computer Science, English and Language Arts, and World/Classical Languages (Spanish & French) and Social Studies 7-12.
    • Passing scores on the initial Praxis (Praxis I or Core Praxis) and Praxis II (Content area).  Please attach a photocopy of the initial Praxis (Praxis I or Core Praxis) and Praxis II (Content) score report to the application.
    • Applicants may meet the basic skills testing requirement (Praxis I/Praxis Core) requirement in an alternate way by submitting qualifying scores on any of the following tests: SAT, ACT, GRE.
      SAT-the composite score on the SAT taken before April 1995 is 1000; the composite score on the SAT taken after April 1995 is 1100; the composite score on the SAT taken after December 31, 2018 is 1180.
      ACT-the composite score must be at least 24.GRE-the composite score on the GRE taken prior to September 1, 2011 is 1000; the composite score on the GRE taken after September 1, 2011 is 297.
    • Willingness to participate in an alternative teacher certification program and all program activities
    • Availability for participation in “Pre-service” requirements (summer seminars, fieldwork, and courses) from May –August.
    • Valid email address and regular access to a computer.
    • Completed teacher application with AACPS Human Resources or current conditional/provisional teacher status.
    • Conditional Teacher Applicants must have the approval of their current principal to participate in RTC.

    Read more details about the RTC Program in the FAQ Document link below.

    RTC Frequently Asked Questions 

    For more information and application forms, contact:

    Deborah Montgomery, MAAPP/RTC Program Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 410-721-8339,

    The number of participants accepted into each MAAPP/RTC cohort is based upon identified critical shortage content areas and 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 Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) 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.

    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 Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU) 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 20 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 20 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 Diane McGowan, Director of Special Education)
    • A resume
    • College transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Praxis I scores
    • Praxis II scores
    • The application process is available for candidates beginning in October. The screening interviews are held in March and selected candidates will be notified by the middle of May.

    View more information on this program

    Application packages can be sent to Maureen Gerrity, Division of Special Education, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information, please contact Maureen Gerrity at 410-222-5481.

    Maureen Gerrity, RTC Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 410-222-5481/  

    Charlene Durant, HR Recruiter, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 410-222-5066/