Professional Development

The Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program – Excellence in Early Childhood Education (MAAPP-EECE) is a bridge to certification for non-public teachers and career changers who have a bachelor’s degree and desire certification in Early Childhood Education (ECE).

The purpose of the program under the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant is to increase the quality of early childhood programs and the pool of certified ECE educators in child care settings. Completion of the MAAPP-ECE program will result in receipt of a Professional Eligibility Certificate (PEC) in Early Childhood Education. The PEC translates to a Standard Professional Certificate (SPC) upon entry into a public school setting. The SPC in ECE enables a candidate to teach Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 3 in a public school setting. There is a 2 year service commitment that must be satisfied upon completion of the MAAPP-ECE program requirements.

The MAAPP-ECE classes are offered on weekends (two Saturdays per month).  A mandatory four (4) week internship is completed in the candidate’s current place of employment (must be a licensed child care setting that uses a State recommended curriculum) and in a local public school. Candidates must be employed as the “teacher of note” or have the ability to take over all classroom planning and decision making on a full-time basis during the internship and at other specified times during the residency. MSDE will reimburse for the costs associated with participation in the MAAPP-ECE, including the cost of taking the Praxis requirements (once for each required test) and the cost of having a substitute teacher (based on the rate of pay of the local school system) while the candidate is completing her internship.

For more information on this program, email Robert Wagner, Early Learning Branch Specialist at

The Child Care Career and Professional Development Fund (CCCPDF) is a tuition assistance program for child care providers to obtain a college education at participating colleges/universities in Maryland in the following areas:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development
  • Elementary Education
  • Special Education

Learn more here.

In collaboration with the Maryland Higher Education Commission and representatives from institutions of higher education in the State that offer early childhood programs, MSDE developed a master plan to address the critical shortage of qualified professional teachers and child care providers in the early childhood education workforce. Review the master plan here.