State Profile

School Leader Certification and Preparation Programs

State Profile - Maryland

April 2018


The data included in this 50-state comparison is specific to school leader preparation program and certification requirements. There may be additional requirements that are not indicated. For additional information, questions or comments, please contact Deven Scott at

Has the state adopted leadership standards? Yes. Maryland has adopted the 2015 PSEL standards. Source
Which state entity approves traditional school leader preparation programs? Maryland State Superintendent of Schools Md. Code Regs. 13A.07.06.01
Does state policy require school leader preparation programs to align with adopted standards? Yes. Programs that prepare professionally certified personnel must align with department-approved standards. Md. Code Regs. 13A.07.06.01
Does state policy require field experience as part of school leader preparation programs? No state policy found.
Does state policy allow for innovative or experimental preparation programs? No state policy found.
Certification and Licensure
What are the initial school leader certification requirements? To qualify for a Administrator II Certificate, a candidate must:
  • Complete all the requirements for the Administrator I Certificate
  • Receive a passing score on the School Leaders Licensure Assessment.

Note: In order to qualify for an Administrator I Certificate (required for positions as a supervisor of instruction or an assistant principal), a candidate must: 1) hold a master's degree from an institution of higher education, 2) have 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance, satisfactory performance on a professional certificate or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist and 3) complete one of three specified preparation pathways.
Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.04.04
What are the requirements for school leaders licensed out-of-state? Out-of-state applicants holding a valid, comparable certificate issued by another state must also have at least 27 months of satisfactory performance as a principal, within the last seven years. Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.04.04
Is there an alternative route to initial certification? In addition to the three preparation pathways available to obtain an Administrator I Certificate, candidates may be eligible for a Resident Principal Certificate upon recommendation by a local superintendent and meeting other specified requirements. A candidate holding a Resident Principal Certificate who holds master's degree may obtain an Administrator II Certificate after at least four consecutive years of satisfactory job performance under this certification. Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.04.05

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