MSDE 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:

A. Basic Skills

Obtain minimum qualifying scores on one of the four following standardized tests

  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT): combined score for critical reading and
    mathematics – 1100
  • American College Testing (ACT): composite score – 24
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): combined score for verbal and quantitative – 297
  • 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

B. Obtain a minimum qualifying score for the

Principles & Teaching section of the Praxis II.

Paper Format Code Computer Format Code Praxis II: common Test Minimum qualifying Score
0624 5624 Principles of Learning and Teaching: 7–12 157

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

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 calculator provided
  5161 Mathematics
– on-screen graphing calculator provided
0265 5265 Physics
– calculator prohibited

D. Complete a Maryland Approved Program [ex: Towson UTeach program] or

an approved out-of-state program.