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Maryland State Department of Education Certification Requirements

The Maryland State Department of Education requires all individuals employed as teachers, administrators or specialists in Maryland public schools to obtain certification.

Licensure to teach in Maryland at the secondary school level (grades 7– 12) schools can be achieved by satisfying the four steps below.

Please note that you should:
     Check the MSDE official website for updates to the scores listed below.
     Check the Praxis website for more information on the Praxis Tests.
  1. Obtain minimum qualifying scores on one of the four following standardized tests:

    1. Praxis exam:

      [beginning September 1, 2014] Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Applicants must meet the minimum qualifying score in each of the three skills test areas.

      Computer Format Code Praxis: Core Academic Skills for Educators Minimum Qualifying Score
      5712 Reading 156
      5722 Writing 162
      5732 Mathematics 150

      [valid if Praxis I was taken prior to September 1, 2014] Applicants may meet the basic skills testing requirement by meeting each minimum qualifying score for the three separate Skills Test Areas, or by obtaining a composite score of these three Skills Test Areas of at least 527.

      Paper Format Code Computer Format Code Praxis I: Pre Professional Skills Test Area Minimum Qualifying Score
      0710 5710 Reading 177
      0720 5720 Writing 173
      0730 5730 Mathematics 177

    2. Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): combined score for critical reading and
      mathematics – 1100

    3. American College Testing (ACT): composite score – 24

    4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): combined score for verbal and quantitative – 297 

  2. Obtain a minimum qualifying score for the Principles & Teaching section of the Praxis II.

  3. Paper
    Format Code
    Computer Format Code Praxis II: Common Test Minimum Qualifying Score
    0624 5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching: 7–12 157

  4. Obtain a minimum qualifying score for the content section of the Praxis II.

  5. Paper
    Format Code
    Computer Format Code Praxis II: Licensure Area Minimum Qualifying Score
    0235 5235 Biology: Content Knowledge 150
    0245 5245 Chemistry
      – calculator prohibited
    0571 5571 Earth/Space Science
      – calculator prohibited
      5161 Mathematics
      – on-screen graphing calculator provided
    0265 5265 Physics
      – calculator prohibited

  6. Complete a Maryland Approved Program [ex: Towson UTeach program] or an approved
    out-of-state program.

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Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3091
Fax: 410-704-4149



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