The Latest Guidance on Licensing for Educators
The state of Maryland has provided guidance for educators who need valid and current licenses, including a Maryland State Board of Examiner license or Maryland Educator Certificate. Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order stating that all licenses set to expire during the state-of-emergency will be extended 30 days after the date the state-of-emergency is lifted.
Educators who hold a license from the Maryland State Department of Education should contact their licensing board for information on meeting the requirements in a timely manner. Some boards have a grace period for renewal and some do not. Please make sure you are aware of any penalties or fees for late renewal. The MCPS Certification Unit will accept copies of online verification information pages as proof of renewal.
If your Maryland Educator Certificate expires on June 30, 2020 and the state-of-emergency lasts until June 30, 2020 or after, you will have until the 30th day after the state-of-emergency ends to submit your renewal requirements and remain in good standing.
In addition, on April 28, 2020, the State Board of Education voted to adopt amendments to Code of Maryland Regulation (COMAR) 13A.12.01.14, Waivers and Special Certification Provisions, on an emergency basis. The school system can opt to use this provision to provide six additional months to a specific group of educators that fit the following scenarios:
- Teacher preparation graduates whose degree conferral is based on completing all testing and student teaching/practicum experiences and who cannot otherwise qualify for a two-year conditional certificate; and
- Conditionally certified educators who have completed all coursework requirements to qualify for a regular certificate and need to complete testing or to complete satisfactory teaching experience. Educators who have completed the minimum requirements to renew the first conditional and still need to submit passing scores for the basic skills test are not covered by this option.
ETS, which develops and scores assessment tests, has developed test-at-home options and has opened several Prometric testing centers. If you are in need of tests to remain certified or to add other certification areas, check ETS’s Praxis website for updates on Praxis test administration. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages ACTFL OPI (Oral Proficiency) and WPI (Written Proficiency) assessments continues to be available for those who need foreign language tests. As a reminder, copies of test score reports must be submitted to the Certification Unit via email attachment since there is no automatic notification sent to school systems. Send them to certification coordinator Marie Bercaw or senior certification specialist Amy McIntire.
The MCPS Certification Unit strongly recommends completing all renewal requirements by the expiration of your license or certificate, since we do not know when the state-of-emergency will end. Keep Marie Bercaw and Amy McIntire informed of progress toward meeting your renewal requirements and contact them with concerns about meeting requirements on time.