Pass Praxis I & Praxis II by April 30th for the 2014-2015 program.
Applicants who desire placement in secondary schools must have 30 semester hour credits in the subject area they would like to teach. (Math applicants must pass the Praxis II test # 0041 as an indication of meeting the math content).
All participants are required to pass all parts of the Praxis I test, or meet the composite score of 527, with scores reported in writing prior to final acceptance into the program.
Participants are required to pass the Praxis II content test in the area in which they wish to teach, with scores reported in writing prior to final acceptance into the program.
How long is this commitment?
We hope that you make a lifetime commitment to public education in Prince George’s County. However, this is a three-year program that includes a full-time teaching salary, intensive training and on-going support. Resident Teachers will have the opportunity to become certified while they are teaching at no cost to themselves. After the three years, participants will retain their status as full-time employees of the Prince George’s County Public Schools. Tenure is available at the beginning of the fourth year of teaching.
How much will I be paid?
As a Resident Teacher, you will receive a regular teacher's salary (the salary for most Resident Teachers now starts at $45,695) and full benefits, as well as ongoing school support and staff development support. Persons with graduate credits, Master's Degree, or other advanced degrees in the area they are teaching may receive a higher salary base. Similarly, salary credit is provided for military and Peace Corps service. Whether you decide to teach for life or only for a few years, your experience in the County's schools will provide you with new skills and perspectives to apply to your future.
- Maryland Teaching Certification
- Professional Development Days
- Support of a Mentor Teacher
- Medical and dental benefits
- Pension and life insurance plan
What is the summer training like?
As a selected participant, you will receive intensive pre-employment training that complies with Maryland's Resident Teacher Certification Program. Pre-employment training is one of the most exciting - and demanding - elements of the Resident Teacher program. During the pre-employment training, you will meet other Resident Teachers, your Resident Staff and PGCPS employees as your instructors.
Training takes place in the summer, over the course of five weeks. Most likely the training time frame will begin in June and include the month of July.
- Seminars and professional development activities on the theories and practices of teaching
- Workshops covering subject specific information
- On-site guidance from experienced teachers, reading specialists and classroom management experts
- Discussions and activities around the challenges of teaching
The pre-employment training compacts a great deal of training material and courseload into only a few weeks; it is extremely demanding. Participants must attend training five days a week from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily. Due to strict Maryland State guidelines and the critical part training plays in the Resident Teacher Program, participants cannot miss any portion of training.
Will I be paid over the summer?
No - Residents will not be placed on the district payroll until they begin teaching. We advise candidates to plan accordingly well in advance to budget appropriate funds in order to survive until your first official check as an employee arrives in early September. We understand that the prospect of leaving a career to begin a new career as a teacher is a difficult decision, and that financial responsibilities are a real factor to consider when embarking on this journey. The summer pre-employment training is extremely important; it requires your full focus and attendance, which makes any part-time work impossible.
Once I start teaching, what then?
After completing the summer pre-employment training program you will have a four - eight week internship with a highly qualified teacher. You will then begin teaching in one of our schools. As a Prince George's County Resident Teacher, you will have access to a network of ongoing support and professional development resources to help you succeed in the classroom. These resources include:
- Mentors for individualized assistance
- Coursework resulting in Maryland certification
- Opportunities to observe master teachers
- Weekly meetings with other program participants to share best practices and jointly reflect on their progress in helping students achieve educational goals
Where will I teach?
Resident Teachers are placed in high-need schools spread throughout the entire County. During the placement process we take into consideration your geographic location while balancing the demands of your certification eligibility and available positions. Teachers in these high-need schools are especially committed to overcoming the challenges they face, and to helping their students succeed.
Many of the schools are provided with additional County resources to reduce class size and provide more technology resources for teachers to increase student performance. All schools are provided with high-speed Internet access.
We will take your placement preferences into account when matching you with potential school interviews. However, you must keep in mind that ultimately placement is driven by need.
When and how does placement happen?
Placements will be made upon completion of the summer training program.
Because placements happen at different times, it is important to be patient and have confidence that a placement will ultimately be secured.
How can I learn more?
We will be holding information sessions throughout the year. Call our information line at
or click "Events" above to learn the dates and locations of upcoming sessions. If you plan to attend an information session, we ask that you RSVP to the Prince George's County Resident Teacher Program either via e-mail to Ann.Scott@@pgcps.org or by calling on the information line at the above number.
What are the application deadlines?
Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2014. Upon receipt of your transcripts our staff will evaluate to determine eligibility, and advise you of the Praxis I and Praxis II exams. Applicants will be scheduled for an interview after it has been determined that they meet the course content requirements.
How do I apply?
The Prince George's County Resident Teacher Program seeks to build a diverse cohort of exceptionally talented leaders. We are looking for individuals who demonstrate high achievement in their past endeavors and who possess the character and motivation necessary to be successful teachers.
We are looking for leaders who have the flexibility and initiative necessary to adapt easily to a new situation and who are excited by the challenges and opportunities found in teaching in the County's public school system.
To identify individuals with the most outstanding qualifications, we ask candidates to do the following:
Before you do anything else, read through the material on this website carefully. Familiarize yourself with the details of the program before you apply!
Schedule to Attend an Information Session
The Prince George's County Resident Teacher Program also holds regular Information Sessions for individuals interested in applying to the program. At the sessions you will have a chance to meet Resident Teacher Staff and to ask questions about the program. For more information, click here.
Check your eligibility
Applicants must meet a number of strict eligibility requirements. Click here for more information. Make sure you're eligible!
Applying is easy with our online process.
Complete the application and then submit your resume, and personal statement electronically.
You may also submit your completed application by mail or fax, send to:
PGCPS - Resident Teacher Program
14201 School Lane
Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772
(301) 780-2193 phone
(301) 952-6172 fax
Your application will be activated when you submit a set of unofficial transcripts via mail or fax in order that we are able to determine your eligibility. Be sure to submit a copy of your transcripts for all colleges or universities that you have attended.
Once you are accepted into the program you must submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended that clearly indicate the letter grades received for all coursework. Because these materials often take time to obtain, we highly recommend requesting them early.
An applicant who has attended a university outside the United States must provide transcripts that have been evaluated by an International Evaluation Service approved by the Maryland Dept. of Education.
Please request that your transcripts be sent to you in separate, sealed envelopes (and don't open them; if you do, they will no longer be considered official).
For more information on how to apply, click here.
What happens after I apply?
Applicants demonstrating potential will be invited to participate in an Interview. The Interview will include a writing sample, and an interview with a panel of educators. Please note that not all candidates will be invited for an interview.
Wait for a Decision
Based on the strengths of your application and interview, the Prince George’s County Resident Teacher Program will decide whether or not you are right for the program. Most candidates will receive a decision within two weeks of their interview.
Do I have to be a US resident to apply?
Applicants need either to be US citizens, permanent resident of the United States or have a work visa.
Can I take the Praxis exams after the training program begins?
No, we cannot accept anyone into the Training Program who has not passed both parts of the Praxis Tests under any circumstances. This has been articulated clearly by the Maryland Department of Education. Therefore, should you fail one of the tests, you will not be part of the program unless you have allowed enough time to retake the portion of the exam you failed. Keep in mind that official score reports must arrive by April 30th.
Are there any additional fees?
Applicants will be responsible for the cost of the Praxis I ($130) and Praxis II ($70-$140) exams. Once Residents are selected and begin their three year committment, if a Resident Teacher should withdraw from the Program, they are responsible for reimbursing Prince George's County for the cost of training.
Do I need to be a resident of Prince George’s County to apply?
Can I defer acceptance to the program?
Yes, we will maintain your application for one year. You will need to meet the requirements in effect at the time of your entry.
Are certified teachers eligible for the program?
Certified teachers are not eligible for the program. The Prince George’s Resident Teacher Program is designed to bring people into the teaching profession who do not have teaching certification. Certified teachers are encouraged to contact The Prince George’s County Public Schools Human Resources Department and go through the regular application process.
Please visit the Human Resources website at either www.pgcps.org or www.pgcps.pg.k12.md.us/~person/ or call the Human Resources Customer Service at 301-627-7289.
Are uncertified individuals who have teaching experience eligible for the program?
Absolutely. We welcome individuals who have a strong interest and background in education, and who are interested in becoming full-time certified teachers in the State of Maryland.
Our program does not include ESOL or Early Childhood as part of the training program.
Is this the only way to become a Prince George’s County Public Schools teacher?
There are a variety of ways to become a teacher in Prince George’s County Public Schools. If you are not eligible to be a part of this program, we recommend that you contact one of the local colleges or universities to identify a program that will help you meet the state requirements for a teaching certificate.
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