Nonpublic School Certificate of Approval
Nonpublic schools approved under COMAR 13A.09.09 (private pay) and COMAR 13A.09.10 (special education) receive a Certificate of Approval from the state of Maryland.
Ongoing compliance with applicable regulations and laws are the bases for maintaining the certificate of approval.
How to get your license?
Obtaining the License
Steps, requirements and documents
A written description of the proposed education program.
The summary of discussions with the local school system (LSS) regarding the need for the program.
The name and certification of the education director of the educational program.
How do I apply?
Apply or register
How do I maintain or renew my certification?
Maintaining Your Certification
Renewal after While in compliance
You may need to meet or abide by all of the following requirements
in order to maintain or renew your certification
When the Nonpublic School Approval Specialist and the Chief, Nonpublic School Approval Branch, determine that all items required in the application are in compliance with the regulations, an initial onsite monitoring visit is conducted to determine onsite compliance with the regulations.
When the application and initial onsite monitoring visit result in findings of compliance, a recommendation is made to the Assistant State Superintendent of the Division of Educator Effectiveness that Tentative Approval be issued. A Letter of Tentative Approval must be obtained prior to implementation of the educational program.
The Nonpublic School Approval Specialist conducts an onsite monitoring visit within six (6) months after the school is in operation to determine ongoing compliance with the regulations.
The Nonpublic School Approval Specialist monitors the school within one (1) year of issuance of Tentative Approval to determine if a recommendation can be made to the State Board of Education that a Certificate of Approval be issued or that Tentative Approval should be extended for another year.