The Employment Process for Teachers - Certificated

Step 1 - Application

Individuals seeking employment must submit:

-Completed Teacher Application

-Copy of all college transcripts

-Copy of Praxis Scores, or other state testing scores

-Teacher certification

-Four reference forms or letters of recommendation


When the above information and materials are received, applications are considered for employment as vacancies occur.

Step 2 - Document Screening

All applications are reviewed to determine if the applicant meets the credential requirements for the designated subject or grade level and that all proper documents have been received. Applications are then reviewed by principals and staff to determine the most suitable candidates for current and anticipated vacancies.

Step 3 - Position Interviews

When a vacancy occurs, interviews are scheduled for applicants whose qualifications make them the most suitable for the position. Candidates are interviewed by a minimum of two administrators and/or supervisors. Interviews are often scheduled at the school where the vacancy exists. After candidates are interviewed, the committee makes recommendations to the Director of Human Resources.

Candidates may be asked to interview for several positions at different times as a result of their process. Individuals not recommended for a specific vacancy will continue to be considered for other positions.

Step 4 - Appointment

Appointment to a position is made after a candidate has verbally accepted a contract offer from the Director of Human Resources and has signed an acceptance letter. When the offer of employment is made, a tentative salary placement is determined based on available information from the application. Final salary placement is based upon verification of prior years of experience and receipt of official transcripts. Prior experience is defined as a full year of service under contract at the time that the individual is fully credentialed. All new teachers will be placed on the proper step of the salary schedule according to certification, experience, and education, but not to exceed Step 5 on any scale. Transcripts must verify the awarding of credit by an accredited university with all units being converted to semester units. Employment is conditional upon satisfactory reports from background check and drug testing.

Step 5 - Orientation

New hires are provided a packet of information regarding medical enrollment, health plan, worker's compensation, Maryland State Retirement Agency, certificated contract, and other items related to employment. A New Teacher Orientation is provided in August prior to the first work day. Mentor teachers are available as a resource prior to the start and throughout the school year.

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