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Learn more about the process for becoming certified to teach in the Baltimore region.

Becoming Certified to Teach

To successfully complete our program and become eligible for professional teacher certification, corps members must meet testing, coursework, and program requirements within the two years of the program.


All incoming corps members must meet state testing requirements prior to starting our program in June. Maryland requires a 3.0 overall GPA on your most recent degree,Praxis Core Academic Skills of Educators exam, OR other qualifying scores, as well as a Praxis II content exam in the area you are teaching for initial certification.

Coursework & Master's Degree Option

During the corps experience, corps members take certification coursework through Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and have the option to pursue a master’s degree at JHU. To finance tuition, corps members typically use their AmeriCorps Education Awards and partial tuition reimbursement benefits from their district.

Cost for the certification-only program is approximately $7,800 for CMs in secondary subjects and about $13,600 for CMs in elem/ECE subjects in 2022. Applying to JHU's Masters of Science in Education program is optional for Baltimore corps members, and the cost of this program is $38,908. Tuition costs are subject to change.