Nonpublic School Certificate of Approval Details

Nonpublic School Certificate of Approval

General Info - Statewide Certification

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.

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    Approval time

  • $0.00

    Application cost

Obtaining the Certification

Ready to get your certification? - Steps, Requirements, and Documents

  1. A written description of the proposed education program.

  2. The summary of discussions with the local school system (LSS) regarding the need for the program.

  3. Zoning approval.

  4. The name and certification of the education director of the educational program.

Apply for the Certification

  • Online Application

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Maintaining Your Certification

Renewal and maintenance -

Maintaining your Certification (aka Related forms/requirements to maintain Certification/stay in good standing)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.


Certification Issuer - Information

Who issues the certification?

Maryland State Department of Education

Contact Information

Alexandra Cambra


Tel: (410) 767-0407 / Fax: (410) 333-8963

Work hours:

Legal Authority

What laws and regulations give Maryland State Department of Education the legal authority to issue this approval?