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Certificates and Endorsements

Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC)

  • Issued to individuals that have met full certification requirements and are not employed by a Maryland local school system.
  • Valid 5 years.
  • 6 semester hours of credit is required for renewal (reading may be required).
  • Renewal credits may be Continual Professional Development (CPD) credits, undergraduate, or graduate.
  • Reading courses may be required.
  • If you are certified in English, Administration, Guidance, Library Media Specialist, Pupil Personnel Services, Reading Specialist, Reading Teacher, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, and have not previously taken 3 credits in special education, you must complete this requirement.

Standard Professional I Certificate (SP1)

  • Valid 5 years.
  • 6 semester hours of credit is required for renewal.
  • Renewal credits may be Continual Professional Development (CPD) credits, undergraduate, or graduate.
  • Reading courses may be required.
  • If you are certified in English, Administration, Guidance, Library Media Specialist, Pupil Personnel Services, Reading Specialist, Reading Teacher, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, and have not previously taken 3 credits in special education, you must complete this requirement.
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP).
  • Any certificate holder that completes requirements for an Advanced Professional certificate (APC) (Master’s degree or 36 semester hours of credit, refer to APC requirement button), will automatically be placed on an Advanced Professional certificate at the expiration of their Standard Professional I certificate.

Failure to complete renewal requirements by the expiration date of a current certificate will result in conditional certification and loss of tenure status.

Standard Professional II (SP2)

  • Valid 5 years.
  • 36 credits post baccalaureate or a Master’s Degree.
  • 36 credits: 21 must be graduate, 15 can be undergraduate or continual professional development (CPD) credits.
  • Reading courses may be required.
  • If you are certified in English, Administration, Guidance, Library Media Specialist, Pupil Personnel Services, Reading Specialist, Reading Teacher, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, and have not previously taken 3 credits in special education, you must complete this requirement.

Failure to complete renewal requirements by the expiration date of a current certificate will result in conditional certification and loss of tenure status.

Advanced Professional Certificate (APC)

  • Valid 5 years.
  • 6 semester hours of credit is required for renewal (reading may be required)
  • Renewal credits may be Continual Professional Development (CPD) credits, undergraduate, or graduate.
  • Reading courses may be required.
  • If you are certified in English, Administration, Guidance, Library Media Specialist, Pupil Personnel Services, Reading Specialist, Reading Teacher, Social Worker, School Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, and have not previously taken 3 credits in special education, you must complete this requirement.
  • Professional Development Plan (PDP).

Failure to complete renewal requirements by the expiration date of a current certificate will result in conditional certification and loss of tenure status.

Conditional Certificate

  • Valid 2 years for 12 credit hours or less plus test .
  • 2 certificates, valid 2 years each 13+ credit hours plus test(s).
  • Provisional Contract (valid 1 year).
  • Conditionally certified teachers must complete 6 semester hours of credit towards full certification by the end of the first conditional certificate year.
  • Courses may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credits.
  • Reading course may be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credits.

Adding Additional Endorsement Areas

There are two ways to add content area endorsements to a current teaching certificate:

  • Take and pass the appropriate PRAXIS II test.
  • Successfully complete 30 credits in the specific content area.

Other endorsement areas such as Administration, Pupil Personnel Worker, Reading Teacher, and Reading Specialist require specific graduate level course work. Guidance Counselor and School Psychologist require a Master’s degree in the area.