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AACPS Conditional Teachers: Have You Determined Your Pathway to Certification?

The AACC/AACPS Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program – Resident Teacher Certification program for Secondary (Middle & High School) Critical Shortage Content Areas is accepting applications from our current and newly hired Provisional/Conditional teachers. These content areas include English, MS Language Arts, MS & HS Math, MS Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish, French, Tech Ed., FACS and Social Studies 7-12 and newly added Computer Science. Multiple timelines have been established to provide several opportunities to complete the internship activity during the 2020-21 school year. 

Whereas there is no set deadline for conditional teacher applications and supporting documents, applications are currently being accepted for fall internships. If an application is approved later this summer or in early fall, the internships will run in the fall and will lead to eligibility for the Resident Teacher Certificate and a salary increase on January 1, 2021.

For conditional teachers unable to complete the application requirements by the end of August or early fall, additional internships will be scheduled in winter or spring of the 2020-2021 school year and will lead to eligibility for the RTC and a salary increase on July 1, 2021.

Please review the application requirements and make plans to register and take both the Praxis Core (or providing SAT, GRE, ADT scores) and the Praxis 2 Content assessments. Since two courses, AACC EDU 261 & EDU 262, must be completed before or during/concurrent with the RTC internship, contact Sandy Koskovich at AACC Teach Institute to explore enrollment.  Both courses are listed on the AACC Summer Course 2020 offerings and are regularly offered during the year. 

Conditional teachers may also use the direct billing process to pay for six credits within your annual tuition reimbursement benefit. Conditional teachers may also apply for reimbursement of the cost of Praxis assessments leading to initial certification while grant funds remain.

Note: The SAT, GRE or ACT score can be used in place of the Praxis Crore if it meets the MSDE required score demonstrating proficiency in basic skills (reading, writing and math.)

If you have questions or need an application, please contact Deborah Montgomery, AACC/AACPS MAAPP/RTC Program Manager at

The AACC/AACPS RTC program does not serve our conditional elementary or special educators. Special Education conditional teachers interested in an RTC program with dual certification, may contact Maureen Gerrity at for more information.  Elementary conditional teachers may find some of there required coursework available at AACC and should consult with the their TEACH Institute.