The Office of Certification for Baltimore County Public Schools is responsible for processing certification requests, issuing initial certificates, renewal of certificates, endorsements to certificates, and education levels. MSDE no longer issues printed Maryland Certificates. All staff is required to establish an account in the Maryland State Department of Education’s Educator Information System (EIS) www.mdcert.org. BCPS will now handle all of your certification needs so do not send documents or correspond with MSDE at this point since you are now our employee.Once you have submitted all required documents, the Office of Certification will process the certificate request through MSDE. After your certificate request has been processed and the $10.00 certificate fee has been deducted from your paycheck, you will be able to go back to this account to view and print your certificate. See View and Print Your Certificate Renewed certificates can not be viewed or printed until after the effective date, even if the certificate is renewed well in advance of the expiration date. For example, if your certificate expires on January 1, 2008, you will not be able to view or print the new certificate until after January 1, 2008.
All professional employees are required to possess and maintain a Maryland Teaching Certificate. Failure to maintain a valid Maryland Certificate can result in termination of your employment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I am having problems accessing my account on EIS?
A. You should email EISHelp@msde.state.md.us
Q. How will I know that my certificate request has been approved?
A. Once the $10.00fee has been deducted from your paycheck, you will know that your certificate request has been approved and processed. At that time, you may view and print your certificate from EIS. Please remember that if our request for your certificate is audited, you will not be able to access the new certificate until the audit is completed.
Q. The renewal fee has been deducted from my paycheck, but I can’t see my new certificate.
A. Renewed certificates can not be viewed or printed until after the effective date, even if the certificate is renewed well in advance of the expiration date. For example, if your certificate expires on January 1, 2008, you will not be able to view or print the new certificate until after January 1, 2008.
Q. I don’t know the status of my renewal or endorsement who should I contact?
A. You can call the Office of Certification at 410-887-4147 or X5768 for assistance.
Q. How do I update my highest degree on my certificate?
A. You may submit an official transcript reflecting the degree conferred with a note to the Office of Certification.