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Maryland Alternative Certification Programs

If you’re looking to become a teacher in Maryland but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are alternative paths available in the state that will allow you to earn teaching certification. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.

Program Name: Resident Teacher Certificate

Program Mission and Overview
The Resident Teacher Certificate program is meant for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree in another field.

Candidates for this program are required to complete 90 hours of instruction, a four- to eight-week internship and a year or two of supervised residency in a Maryland school. This program requires a minimum of two years to complete.

Eligibility and How to Apply
To be eligible for this program, candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in another field.
  • Have at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I or equivalent basic skills test.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II or equivalent content test.
  • Have completed specific courses, including strategies and models of teaching, planning and classroom management, principles and theories of teaching and learning, and human growth and development.
  • Apply through the educational institution they wish to attend.

Financial Information
Candidates for this program must pay tuition and other costs charged by the institution to which they apply.

Program Name: Baltimore City Urban Teaching Residency

Program Mission and Overview

  • The Baltimore City Urban Teaching Residency program was created to provide much-needed teachers in Baltimore’s inner-city schools.
  • The Urban Teaching Residency program prepares teachers to work in high-needs schools to provide all students with the highest level of education.
  • This program places prospective teachers in classrooms for on-the-job training.

Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in an area other than education.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Pass the PRAXIS I basic skills test.
  • Pass the PRAXIS II content area test.
  • Meet subject area eligibility.
  • Complete phone and in-person interviews.
  • Candidates may apply online through the Baltimore City Urban Teaching Residency website.

Financial Information
Since this is a working program, the only costs candidates incur are licensing costs. Candidates receive a salary similar to other Maryland teachers. Those working in this program are also eligible for teaching benefits.

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