Learn how to become an Education Administrator or School Principal in Maryland.
There are 2 primary avenues to licensure: 1.) Through a state-authorized education administrator program or 2.) Through reciprocity agreements (see Maryland Educator Reciprocity).
Maryland confers 2 administration certificates for Instruction, Assistant School principals and School principals: Education Administrator I and Education Administrator II.
To become licensed as an Education Administrator I, which entitles you to be a Supervisor of Instruction or Assistant School principal in Maryland, you must:
- Earn a Master’s Degree from an authorized institute of higher education (IHE)
- Finish 1 of the following:
- A Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE)-authorized program for licensure of supervisory personnel that includes the outcomes in the Maryland Instructional Leadership Framework
- An MSDE-authorized program for licensure of supervisory personnel
- 18 semester hours of graduate from an authorized IHE that includes courses in the following areas:
- Assessment, instruction, and curriculum
- Evaluating, observing, and developing staff
- Ethical decision-making and legal issues
- School administration, management, and leadership
- Practicum/supervised experience
Education Administrator II obligations (which certify you to become a School principal in Maryland) include fulfilling the above educational obligations for Education Administrator I plus additional Assessments outlined below.
There is no assessment necessary to become licensed as an Education Administrator I beyond the fundamental skills and content exams (Praxis I and II) required for educator licensure. If you wish to receive Education Administrator II licensure, you must pass the School Leaders Licensure Assessment with a minimum score of 165.
Classroom Teaching Experience Requirements
Licensure as an Education Administrator I requires 27 months of teaching experience and a practicum/supervised experience if you choose the graduate work education option listed above.
Suppose you are already licensed as a school principal in another state and have 27 months of school principal experience during the past seven years. In that case, you may also be granted a Maryland Education Administrator II certificate.
Background Check Requirements
Before you acquire your education administrator license, you must undergo a criminal history background check.
The Maryland State Department of Education’s Certification Branch can answer queries about administrative licensure by contacting the Assessment and Recruitment Coordinator at 410-767-0416 or by visiting their website.