• Certification

    The certification team within the Human Capital Office works to ensure that employees across City Schools meet the certification standards required by the Maryland State Board of Education, which were established to ensure that all students are served by professional staff with required knowledge and skills. Anyone employed as a teacher, instructional specialist, instructional supervisor or administrator of instruction in a public school system in Maryland must hold a valid Maryland teaching, specialist, supervisor or administrative certificate. Individuals may download their own certificates from the website of the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).

    The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) authorizes our school system to provide certification services to City School employees who are in positions that require a certificate (teachers, specialists, administrators). Therefore, current BCPSS employees whose positions do not require a certificate (non-teachers, substitute teachers, etc.), and individuals who are no longer employed by BCPSS must contact MSDE’s Certification Branch or services.

    Additional certification information and resources:

    How to access and print your Maryland educator's certificate

    How to read your certificate

    MSDE certification renewal requirements

    *It is the educator responsibility to submit a complete packet to the Certification Office for renewal/endorsement. The Certification Office is not responsible for incomplete or inaccurate submissions.

    Equivalent experience that can be used for renewal purposes
    Senior Certification Renewal Exemption

    Instructions for submitting a certification application/request

    Please note, as of April 1, 2014 no hard-copy submissions will be accepted by the certification team (official transcripts excepted) for certificate renewals and endorsements. Employees must use the ERP system to submit renewal and endorsement requests. HOUSSE is no longer available as of June 30, 2014.

    Contact information

    Zakia McAllister
    Certification Manager
    Human Capital Office
    200 E. North Avenue
    Room 110
    Baltimore, MD 21202
    Phone 410-396-8885
    Fax 410-545-0897