The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) System which includes human resources data was restored on January 22, 2021 and employee electronic documents were recovered. Although the ERP system was restored on January 22, 2021, there were some services that could not resume. The Office of Certification worked very closely with the Division of Business Services to restore these services. Salary changes and tuition reimbursement can now be processed, and employees have been notified via the News Hub.

Tuition Reimbursement
BCPS hourly staff can expect to see payments included in payroll checks starting March 12, 2021 and salaried staff will see payments starting March 19, 2021. Due to the volume of requests to be reviewed and processed, payments will be issued over a series of pay dates.

Salary Lane Advancements
Salary lane advancements may now be entered by the Office of Certification; however, retroactive payments are unable to be processed. Once retroactive payments can be processed, they will be issued. Employees eligible for a salary lane advancement will be notified by the Office of Certification.

NEW! ESS Growth Charts
An electronic listing of courses recorded for MSDE certification and salary lane advancement is now available in Employee Self-Service (ESS). A summary chart totaling the number of credits recorded is also available. The training tab under the View Profile link currently reflects coursework recorded in your electronic human resources record. This information is limited since electronic copy of personal data from January 27, 2020 through January 22, 2021 is no longer accessible due to the ransomware attack and must be reconciled. Office of Certification staff is working to restore this data. See the “How to Read Your ESS Growth Chart” guide to learn more about this new feature.

MSDE Certification
Office of Certification staff is available to answer certification questions and receive credentials such as electronic transcripts, ETS score reports, and certification requests. To request an endorsement please complete the Certificate Request Form.

Non-certificated Staff: Office of Certification staff are authorized by MSDE to issue, renew, and maintain Maryland certificates for BCPS certificated staff who are required to maintain certification. MSDE does not permit our office to handle certification requests for employees in non-certificated positions. Requests must be directed to the MSDE Educator Certification Branch. Please specify your position with BCPS when communicating with MSDE representatives.

Baltimore County Public Schools
Office of Certification
6901 N Charles Street, Bldg. E
Towson, MD 21204 

Carla Simons, Supervisor
Last Names A-K: 443-809-4147
Last Names L-Z: 443-809-5768
Email Certification

The Office of Certification is a part of the Department of Human Resources and is responsible for ensuring that certificated staff achieve and maintain professional certification including evaluating educator credentials, issuing initial certificates, renewing certificates, and adding area endorsements.  Certification staff serve as liaisons to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for certificated BCPS staff.  Our office also serves as your professional growth advisors and works collaboratively with the Office of Organizational Development to offer various professional development opportunities for BCPS staff.