Teacher Licensure State Requirements - Maryland

Become a Teacher in Maryland

If you aspire to become a teacher, Western Governors University can help. Our online teaching certification programs will prepare you to effectively educate others.

Before becoming a licensed teacher in Maryland, you must meet all of Maryland's teacher certification requirements (for those who have attended out-of-state teacher preparation programs), including:

  • Graduation from a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home state of the program.
  • Passing scores on the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test.
  • Passing scores on all of the required Praxis II content and pedagogy exams.
  • Early childhood, elementary education, and/or special education teacher candidates are required to either complete 12 semester hours of approved reading coursework or pass the Praxis II 0201, Reading Across the Curriculum: Elementary Exam. Secondary education, N-12, and secondary special education teachers are required to complete 6 semester hours of approved reading coursework. WGU’s programs do not contain this much reading coursework. Secondary education candidates are encouraged to pursue the requisite coursework at one of the approved institutions.
  • All certificate holders are required to have 3 semester hours in inclusion of special needs populations. This coursework is part of WGU’s teacher preparation programs.

Note: Listed requirements are current and are subject to change at any time, even during enrollment.

For the most current information about becoming a teacher in Maryland, please check the Maryland State Department of Education website:
Maryland State Department of Education Web site
1-866-772-8922

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