Individuals with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in an area other than education can pursue initial teacher certification. Available options include (1) completing certification requirements as outlined by Maryland certification regulations (2) pursuing a Master of Arts in teaching in a Maryland approved program (3) enrolling in a Maryland approved alternative preparation program (MAAPP).
Conditional Teacher Certification is issued only at the request of a local school system superintendent to an applicant employed in a local school system who does not meet all certification requirements. Conditionally certified teachers have usually completed the required content area coursework through a bachelor's degree or higher, and are meeting the required student teaching/teaching experience while on-the-job. They may then complete the MSDE required education coursework PDF at a number of institutions, including Anne Arundel Community College.* For more information, see the process guide PDF or contact the TEACH advisor.
A transcript evaluation completed by an MSDE certification specialist will indicate the content area coursework, education coursework and experience requirements needed to complete the certification in a specified area.
Current employees of a local school system should begin the transcript evaluation process by contacting the certification specialist in your local school system's human resources office.
Those not employed by a local school system can request an official transcript evaluation by sending an unofficial copy of all college transcripts and qualifying Basic Skills Assessment (Praxis I, Praxis Core, SAT, ACT, or GRE) and Praxis II (content) scores to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Include a cover letter requesting an evaluation of transcripts for the purpose of obtaining state teacher certification in a specified area. Send the transcripts, score report and letter to:
Maryland State Department of Education
200 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
For information, go to MSDE Certification.
Letters of Recognition:
Pathway to Teaching
This letter of recognition provides a path for individuals who have attained a bachelor’s degree without completing the teacher certification coursework. The courses contained in Pathway to Teaching are among those required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and will provide a foundation of knowledge in preparation for a career in education. It is recommended that all participating students submit transcripts to MSDE and meet with the TEACH advisor.
Pathway to Teaching Secondary
This letter of recognition provides a path for individuals who have attained a bachelor’s degree with a concentration of courses in a subject area they wish to teach at the secondary level. The courses contained in Pathway to Teaching in the Secondary Classroom are among those required by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and combined with the courses in the Pathway to Teaching will fulfill most of the mandated regulations. It is recommended that all participating students submit transcripts to MSDE and meet with the TEACH advisor.
* Note: While AACC does offer MSDE equivalent courses, the student teaching requirement cannot be met through AACC.