Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP): Resident Teacher Certificate (RTC) (MD)

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Alternative preparation programs in Maryland (or Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Programs (MAAPP)) differ from traditional programs in that alternative preparation leads to teacher certification, but not necessarily to a degree.  MAAPPs allow one to begin teaching and receiving a salary much earlier than with traditional routes.  Often the local school system (LSS) that sponsors the MAAPP covers much of the cost of the MAAPP itself.  A Resident Teacher Certificate (RTC) is granted at the request of a local school superintendent to individuals who participate in a MAAPP. The RTC is valid for 2 years; it is not portable among Maryland LSS nor does it transfer to other states.

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State Information
State: Maryland
Contact Name: Division of Educator Certification and Program Approval
Contact Phone: 410-767-0100
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Last updated on: November 13, 2020
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