Welcome to the Maryland Center for Career and Technology Education Studies (MCCTES) located at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI)… Serving Career and Technology Education throughout Maryland.

Who are we?

The mission of MCCTES is to work collaboratively with Career and Technology Education local administrators throughout Maryland and Career and College Readiness staff from the Maryland State Department of Education to:

  • Support the development of high quality Career and Technology Education educational experiences for teachers and staff
  • Increase public awareness of the importance of Career and Technology Education throughout the State of Maryland
  • Work in conjunction with the University of Maryland Eastern Shore who provides Teacher Certification and Masters of Education courses at the BMI.  For CTE teacher certification courses click here.  For CTE Graduate program information click here.

Additional information on what Career and Technology Education is all about is available by clicking here.

For information about MCCTES and how we might better serve your CTE needs, please contact:
Margaret De Arcangelis
BMI Assistant Director


What Services does MCCTES Provide?

  • Certification Information
  • CTE Resources
  • Partnership with UMES



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Below is a menu of items that MCCTES can assist you and your staff with in developing high quality Career and Technology Education programs:

  • Coordinate professional development workshops and seminars for CTE teachers
  • Assist teachers with information concerning certification and endorsements
  • Assist with advisory committee and PAC organization and implementation
  • Identify instructional resources related to new and emerging CTE programs
  • Work with your staff to gain industry accreditation or certifications (e.g. NATEF, ACF, NCCER, PRINT ED)
  • Coordinate courses and professional development with UMES staff
  • Assist in preparing CTE program proposals for submission to MSDE
  • Support local school system in the implementation of Common Core (Disciplinary Literacy and Student Learning Objectives).


Certification Information

Who are CTE teachers??

CTE teachers teach a variety of content areas and are found in middle schools, high schools and in community colleges in every local school system in Maryland.  The subject areas taught by CTE teachers include the following:

  • Agriculture, Agribusiness and Renewable Natural Resources
  • Business Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Marketing Education
  • Professional and Technical Education
  • Technology Education

How do I become certified as a CTE teacher in the State of Maryland?

To become a Maryland State Department of Education certified teacher in CTE you need to meet the requirements for one of two state regulations.

  • If you desire to teach in Agriculture, Agribusiness and Renewable Natural Resources, Business Education, Family and Consumer Sciences, Marketing Education or Technology Education you will need to meet the certification requirement for General Secondary Content Areas (Grades 7-12). Click here for more information.
  • If you desire to teach in one of the Professional and Technical Education career areas you will need to meet the certification requirements for Professional and Technical Education.

Who is a Professional and Technical Education (PTE) teacher?

In the spring of 2012 the Maryland State Department of Education approved changes to COMAR regulations renaming Trades and Industry Education (T and I) to Professional and Technical Education (PTE).  With the renaming to PTE came changes to the requirement for a certificate as detailed by clicking here.
Click here for a chart showing the four option requirement for PTE certification.

Options for initial certification in PTE

PTE Certification FAQs

What do I need to do to add a Work-Based Learning endorsement to my teaching certificate?  

You must hold a valid Maryland State Department of Education teaching certificate in order to be eligible for a Work Based Learning endorsement.  Work-Based Learning takes place at the work-site, includes a minimum of 270 hours, and may be paid or unpaid.  This experience is guided by a formal WBL agreement provided by the county and a student work plan developed among the student, parent, WBL coordinator, and employer. The student work plan identifies the appropriate competencies, duties, tasks and outcomes in academic, technical, and workplace readiness areas that apply directly to students’ goals for a specific work-related placement. Click here to review the requirements.

What is Praxis and how does it affect my certification?

The Praxis Series® tests measure teacher candidates’ knowledge and skills. The tests are used for licensing and certification processes and include:

  • Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators (Core)
    These tests measure academic skills in reading, writing and mathematics. They were designed to provide comprehensive assessments that measure the skills and content knowledge of candidates entering teacher preparation programs. See PraxisCore information.
  • Praxis II® Subject Assessments
    These tests measure subject-specific content knowledge, as well as general and subject-specific teaching skills, that you need for beginning teaching. See Praxis IIinformation.

State Testing Requirements

Each state and licensing organization determines its own certification and Praxis® passing score requirements. For more information about certification requirements, visit the state requirements section.

See also:


CTE Resources:

Additional information on Career and Technology Education is available here

Learn more about the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association here

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