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Can't find the answer to your question on this page? Has your lane change been approved, but your step and lane are incorrect in Employee Self Service?  Please email CertSalary@fcps.org.

Maryland State Department of Education
200 W. Baltimore Street 
Baltimore, MD 21202

This information is intended for the certificated personnel of Frederick County Public Schools.  If you are not a Frederick County teacher, please contact the Maryland State Department of Education.   The certification officers of FCPS are not authorized to complete evaluations, credit counts, nor certification for individuals who are not employed as teachers with Frederick County Public Schools.

If you are a Frederick County teacher and you do not find the answer to your question from the questions below or the resources linked to the right, please email us at certification@fcps.org.  When contacting the Department of Human Resources, please use your legal name and include your employee ID number. 

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Praxis Tests

How do I know what Praxis tests that I need to take?

Here for the list of Praxis tests and the Maryland qualifying score for each. These tests are required for initial certification and to add an endorsement to your certificate.  You only need to take the content (C) test to add an area.

Where can I get Praxis test and registration information?

The Educational Testing Service Website is a great source of information and is also where you go to register for tests.  If you choose State Requirements in the center of the first screen and then choose Maryland, you will get the most accurate information for Maryland.  Be sure to have your scores reported to the Maryland State Department of Education – Code R7403.

Does ETS automatically report Praxis scores to FCPS?

FCPS does not receive score reports from ETS nor MSDE.  Be sure to make a copy of all pages of your score report and send it to the Certification Office or forward the pdf score report via email to certification@fcps.org as soon as you receive it.  Indicate if you are seeking an additional certification area, by including a note with your score report.  Keep your original score report in a safe place.  ETS does not retain scores for an extended period and you never know when you will need to show that you have passed these tests.

Required Reading and Special Education Courses

What reading courses am I required to take? When must I take these courses?

Regular and Special Educators in Elementary and Early Childhood must complete 12 credits in reading in the following areas:

  • Processes and Acquisition of Reading Skills
  • Methods of Reading Instruction
  • Materials for Teaching Reading
  • Assessment for Reading Instruction

Reading courses may be taken through FCPS as MSDE courses or any accredited college or university. Here is a complete list of Maryland approved reading courses. The MSDE reading courses offered by FCPS are Maryland approved courses.

Regular and Special Educators at the Secondary level and PreK-12 specialty areas must complete 6 credits in the following:

  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part I
  • Methods of Teaching Reading in the Secondary Content Area, Part II

All reading courses must be completed to renew your APC. If you need to take more than 6 credits, you must complete a minimum of 6 credits during the validity period of each APC.  All reading courses must be completed before moving to the Advanced Professional Certificate.

Does everyone have to take a special education class? When must I take this course?

All specialists and administrators must complete a 3-credit Special Education course. Inclusion, Making it Happen (MSDE course) and any Introduction to Special Education course meets this requirement. The Special Education class must be completed before a certificate is renewed.

Contact Information: Education Certification

Educator Certification Staff Responsibilities
Nicole Bell
Personnel Officer - Certification
  • Initial Requests
  • Renewals/Endorsements
  • Reinstatements/Re-issues
  • Re-issues
  • Senior Teacher Waivers
  • Certification
  • Course approval
Jill Querry
Jill Querry

Certification Specialist
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Course approval
  • Certification
  • Renewals/Endorsements
  • Reading Summer Evaluations
  • Senior Teacher Waivers
  • Lane Change Review