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Certification

The MCPS Certification Unit works directly with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) to provide certification services for all MCPS professional employees.  Once employed by MCPS as a contracted educator, specialist or administrator, MCPS handles ALL of your certification via its direct access to the MSDE's Educator Information System (EIS).  Please contact a member of the Certification Unit with any and all questions about your Maryland Educator Certificate, local MCPS contingencies, salary advancement, course applicability, and equivalent credit applicability.

 

Please review the Getting Started section of our website to ensure that you have completed all of the steps necessary for our unit to process your Maryland certificate. Please contact us with any questions.

Pay and Taxes

Consolidated with Summer Pay onboarding workflows


You will need to complete the online W-4 form so that the correct federal and state income tax will be withheld from your pay. You may complete the form on or after your first work day.* To access the W-4 form, visit the Employee Self-Service web page and click on My W-4 under the green My Pay banner. Log in using your Outlook username and password and follow the on-screen instructions.

* If you are a new employee at the start of the school year, you will find your first work day—listed by position—in the Work Schedule. If you were hired after the first work day of the school year for your position, your first work day is your date of hire.

Employees hired after February 1, 2001, are required to participate in direct deposit. To enroll in direct deposit, visit the Employee Self-Service web page and click on My direct deposit, under the green My Pay banner. Read the information on the Direct Deposit web page and click on Visit Human Resources Online (HRO). Log in using your Outlook username and password and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you worked for another public school system in the state of Maryland prior to your employment with MCPS, you are allowed to transfer up to 800 hours of accumulated sick leave. To make such a transfer, print and complete Part I of MCPS Form 430-62, Transfer of Cumulative Sick Leave. Then, send it to your former employer and ask them to complete Part II and mail it to the Employee and Retiree Service Center.

Benefits

For benefits-eligible employees only; consolidates Benefits Information Web Page, Benefits Enrollment, FSA Information, Optional Employee Term Life Insurance, and Optional Dependent Term Life Insurance onboarding workflows


As a benefits-eligible employee, you have the option of enrolling in health benefits, including medical, prescription, dental, and vision plans; optional employee term life insurance; optional dependent term life insurance; and flexible spending accounts (medical and/or dependent care). You will find detailed information about your benefit options in the Employee Benefit Summary. The Employee Benefits Web Page provides additional information. Both resources can help you make the benefit choices that are best for you and your family.

MCPS employees enroll in their benefit plans online on or after their first work day. On your first work day, the Employee and Retiree Service Center will send a message to your MCPS Outlook e-mail account with a link to the online Benefits Enrollment System and instructions for logging in to the system. Once you are logged in, follow the on-screen instructions for enrolling in benefits and submitting any required supporting documents. If you choose not to enroll in benefits, you still must log in to the system to indicate your decision to decline coverage (insurances) or participation (FSAs).

* If you are a new employee at the start of the school year, you will find your first work day—listed by position—in the Work Schedule. If you were hired after the first work day of the school year for your position, your first work day is your date of hire.

You must enroll in your benefit plans online on or after your first work day but within 60 days of that date.

  • In general, if you enroll by the 20th of the month, your benefits will be effective the 1st of the following month. If you enroll after the 20th of the month, you will need to wait an additional month for coverage to take effect. For example: If you enroll by March 20, your benefits will be effective on April 1. If you enroll between March 21 and March 31, coverage will not begin until May 1.
  • Coverage for 9-, 10-, or 11-month employees reporting for the school year in August begins on October 1, provided you enroll by September 20. If you enroll between September 21 and September 30, your coverage will begin on November 1.
  • If you do not enroll in benefits within your initial enrollment period, you must wait until the next fall Open Enrollment unless you experience a qualifying life event.

 

Retirement and Pension

Consolidated with Summer Pay onboarding workflows


MCPS provides a supplemental pension plan for its employees, whether they are enrolled in the MCPS core pension plan or the state teachers’ pension system. To be properly enrolled in the MCPS pension plan, all benefits-eligible employees must complete MCPS Form 455-3, Membership Information Montgomery County Public Schools Employee Pension System. Please print, complete, and sign this form and either drop it off or send it to the Employee and Retiree Service Center. You must include a photocopy of your birth certificate or valid driver’s license as proof of your birth date.

As a condition of employment with MCPS, you are required to properly enroll in the Maryland State Teachers’ Reformed Pension Plan (State core plan). State law requires that you complete the enrollment within 30 days of employment. If you fail to complete your enrollment in a timely manner, the State will fine MCPS $100, which will be deducted from your pay.

To enroll in the Maryland State Teachers’ Reformed Pension Plan, complete the following steps. To avoid processing delays, be sure to read State Pension Enrollment Dos and Don’ts before completing the required forms.

  1. Complete MSRA Form 1: Application for Membership (no cross outs, overwrites, or white outs)
  2. Complete MSRA Form 4: Designation of Beneficiary (no cross outs, overwrites, or white outs; this form requires notarization
  3. Attach a legible copy of your valid driver’s license, birth certificate, or passport as proof of your birth date.

 

Send completed, original State pension enrollment forms and a copy of your current driver’s license or birth certificate to the Employee and Retiree Service Center via Pony mail or US mail. DO NOT send the forms directly to the MSRA. Employee and Retiree Service Center (ERSC) staff will submit the forms to MSRA on your behalf.

Enrollment is mandatory and protects your pension and death benefits.

MCPS Form 455-5, Designation of Beneficiary/Beneficiariesis used to name the person or persons (beneficiaries) you wish to receive any accumulated retirement contributions and death benefits (from the MCPS Pension System) in the event of your death while employed. Please print, complete, and sign this form and either drop it off or send it to the Employee and Retiree Service Center.

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) offers employees two optional defined contribution plans through Fidelity Investments: a 403(b) Tax Sheltered Savings Plan and a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan. The 403(b) and 457(b) plans enable you to save money to supplement your retirement goals, while also reducing your current taxable income.

Please visit the MCPS/Fidelity website at www.netbenefits.com/mcps to learn more and to set up your account after your start date. Need assistance? Contact Fidelity at 1-800-343-0860.

Compliance Training

Our school system is committed to providing every student we serve the opportunity and preparation necessary to be successful in college, career, and life.  All of our actions are guided by the district’s five core values—Learning, Respect, Relationships, Excellence, and Equity. As you begin the 2018 – 2019 school year, we want to make sure you get off to a great start and that you clearly understand your role and responsibility in serving our students, your fellow staff members, and our community. We strive to establish and maintain a positive, safe, healthy, and lawful climate and culture in which all adults and students are able to thrive and do their best work. It is our expectation that every employee has the necessary information to maintain a safe and respectful environment for students, co-workers, and themselves.  

All MCPS employees are required to complete the Districtwide Compliance Training 2018-2019 that will make clear what is expected of you and prepare you to be an excellent employee and team member. View the Superintendent’s message for more information regarding the expectation. Please review the completion deadlines and note that staff in these offices need to see their supervisor for more information on completing the training: Transportation Central Administration, Division of Food and Nutrition Services, Division of Maintenance, Division of School Plant Operations, Substitute Office, Department of Materials Management, Emergency Coaches who do not have an additional permanent position with MCPS.

Ten (10)-month and overtime-eligible twelve (12)-month supporting service staff members must complete the compliance training modules during their normal duty hours.  Ten (10)-month and overtime-eligible twelve (12)-month bargaining unit members may not take this training, even voluntarily, outside of their normal duty hours.  The module on Preventing, Recognizing, and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect must be completed by the end of your first day of work.  Supervisors have been instructed to provide time during regular duty hours to complete this training so that all employees are in compliance with training requirements.

Further, based upon your MCPS position, you may be required to complete job-specific trainings that are separate and in addition to the Districtwide Compliance Training.  For example, for school staff, there are additional trainings regarding anaphylaxis, blood-borne pathogens, and diabetes. Your supervisor will inform you if you have any additional training requirements.

To access the training modules, visit the MCPS homepage and on the top right, type, “pdo” in the search bar. Log into the Professional Development Online (PDO) Platform or follow this link:    

https://pdo.mcpsmd.org/U/P/Channel/-/Guest/Login and register for course #87369. Once you do so, click Home to return to the PDO home page to view the Districtwide Compliance course in the My Courses section located in the bottom right of the page. Click the course title, Districtwide Compliance Training 2018-2019, to navigate to the course in myMCPS Classroom. Please refer to theSupport Guide for assistance in logging in and completing the training modules.  

 


Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals

Fingerprint

As part of the onboarding process, it is required that you be fingerprinted prior to your first day of work.

Please know that this employment is contingent upon satisfactorily completing the following requirements: 

  •  Fingerprint clearance (State of Maryland and Federal Bureau of Investigations)
  •  Form I-9 (Federal identity verification and employment authorization)
  •  Child Protective Services clearance (State of Maryland)
  •  NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification) clearance (certificated positions only)
     

Instructions on scheduling a fingerprint appointment.     

 Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (301) 279-3276.