Explore the Many Pathways to Teaching in Maryland

There are several pathways future educators can take to become Maryland teachers. We want to make the pathway you chose as clear and straightforward as possible.

Step 1: Explore your pathways by selecting if you are a high school student, college student, career changer, or more.

​Need to know where to start? The first step is to identify your role to see what pathways apply to you. Some different pathways and options depend on whether you are a high school student, a current college student, a career changer, a licensed teacher, an out-of-state teacher, or a recent graduate of an Out-of-state preparation program. Which role are you in?​

Step 2: Learn about the specific pathway options that apply to your role.

Explore all the teacher pathways and possibilities. There are several for each role- find out which may apply to you. For example, if you are a high school student you may be interested in the Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM). TAM is designed for students interested in exploring a career in education. The program offers opportunities to learn about human growth and development, teaching as a profession, how to develop and deliver lesson plans, and the chance to participate in an education internship. Upon completion of the program, you can receive college credits and scholarships to several Maryland teacher preparation programs. There are also several other programs and opportunities that you may qualify for or want to apply for to help you become a teacher in Maryland.

Step 3: Enroll and complete a teacher preparation program

There are more than 300 teacher preparation programs at 23 colleges and universities across Maryland. You can choose from 45 teaching areas, including specialties that are experiencing shortages so your employment options are optimized. Whether you chose a traditional or alternative program- learn what is best for you.​