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Since the implementation of the federal government's No Child Left Behind legislation, the state of Maryland adopted a Highly Objective Uniform State Standard Evaluation (HOUSSE) format that allows special education teachers to become highly qualified in the core academic subject area(s) or level(s) that they teach. Information regarding No Child Left Behind, the Maryland HOUSSE, and forms are available on the Office of Certification's Web site at, then select the link No Child Left Behind.
HOUSSE has been available to teachers who had at least one year of teaching experience prior to the end of the 2006-2007 school year. The federal legislation contains a sunset clause date of Monday, June 30, 2014, for HOUSSE. After that date, staff may only become highly qualified in the core academic area by passing the appropriate state assessment test (Praxis II).

Renewal Requirements / Fact Sheets

Assistant Principals – Administrator I Certification
Effective July 1, 2006 staff will need to hold an endorsement in Administrator I certification in order to be assigned as an Assistant Principal.

Principal Certification Reciprocity from another State
Beginning for the hiring year 2005-2006, MSDE will accept individuals who hold a valid professional out-of-state certificate with certification as a principal and verification of three years of full-time satisfactory experience as a principal within the past seven years. For these individuals, no SLLA test is required.

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