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Certificate renewals during COVID-19

Because of COVID-19, the governor has issued an order that certificate expiration dates will be effectively extended until after the threat of coronavirus has been minimized, including suspension of all certificates' expiration until at least 30 days after he ends a current state of emergency.  This extension applies to all certificate types: advanced, standard, resident, and conditional. 

If you have hard copies of documents that you need to submit for your certification renewal (such as official transcripts) or documents that you are unable to access and upload at this time (such as IDPs) you may wait until district buildings reopen. Employees should not be concerned with certificate renewals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, if you have your documents and are ready to submit your renewal request now, we encourage you to do so via Employee Self-Service (downolad instructions). 

A few notes:

  • Employees no longer need to upload three evaluations documenting their annual performance in City Schools for certification renewal. Human Capital will access this employee evaluation information directly. If you do not have annual evaluations for at least 3 of the past 5 years while working in City Schools, please continue to upload copies of annual evaluations from your service in other school districts.  
  • There are two options for submitting your official transcripts:
    • Emailed to employeetranscripts@bcps.k12.md.us directly from your college or university.  
    • Mailed directly to Human Capital (Baltimore City Public Schools, Human Capital Office: ATTN Certification, 200 E. North Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21202) in an unopened mailer (please make sure to include Human Capital Office: ATTN Certification)

Additional information

Teachers and instructional specialists, supervisors, and administrators must have a valid Maryland certificate. Certificates can be downloaded from the state's website. Below are resources to help you with your certificates.

City Schools provides certification services to staff who require certificates; email certification@bcps.k12.md.us or call 410-396-8885. (All other employees must contact the state's certification services at 410-767-0412 or 866-772-8922.)