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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 will continue to accept 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. Successful completion of the eight-week internship will lead to eligibility for the Resident Teacher Certificate and a salary increase on January 1, 2021 or July 1, 2021.

The second Fall Internship that starts in October has a waiting list; however, there will be internship opportunities during second semester.  Whereas there is no set deadline for conditional teacher applications and supporting documents, applications are currently being accepted second semester.

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.  There may still be some room in the second fall AACC semester in EDU 262, EDU 261 will be offered again in 2021.

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 their required coursework available at AACC and should consult with the AACC TEACH Institute.