Maryland - Professional Program Standards and Requirements: Educator Preparation Policy

Educator Preparation Policy
Policy Type: 

The State Superintendent of Education has final approval of programs.


Accreditation is not a condition of program approval. The State Superintendent's decisions are based on recommendations from the Program Approval and Assessment Branch .The Department shall approve standards that are performance based, reflect contemporary thinking, and are supported by research, best practice, and expert opinion. All Maryland-approved programs for teacher certification shall also include reading courses in early childhood, elementary, secondary, PreK—12, and generic special education (all levels) under COMAR 13A.12.01. 11A(5)(a)—(c)

Adopting Authority: 
Chief State School Officer
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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