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Maryland Highly Qualified Status

Learn about Maryland's highly qualified teacher status at the Maryland State Department of Education website.

All teachers teaching in any core academic subject area must:

  • Hold at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Hold a valid Standard Professional Certificate or Advanced Professional Certificate or Resident Teacher Certificate in the subject area in which they are teaching
  • Satisfy the requirements associated with specific teaching levels and experience

Teacher quality is also assessed by Maryland's High, Objective, Uniform State Standard of Evaluation (HOUSSE), a state-designed teacher evaluation.

Additional options on obtaining highly qualified status are offered, plus information on meeting highly qualified standards in special teaching areas.