New Teacher

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.

You have the option of withholding a designated amount of your net salary from each paycheck received during the school year in order to receive disbursements during July and August. Although targeted to 9- and 10-month employees, all employees are eligible. Learn more.

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

Any Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) employee who is newly hired into a permanent position of .5 FTE or more (20 hours or more per week) is eligible for employee benefits. An MCPS employee whose FTE is increased to .5 or more also is eligible for benefits.


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

All permanent MCPS employees who are hired to work more than 500 hours in their first fiscal year are required to enroll in a pension plan. Once enrolled, membership will continue even if an employee’s work hours decrease to below 500 hours per year.


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.

Orientation

The New Teacher Induction program is excited to announce plans for the 2019 New Educator Orientation (NEO). Educators hired by MCPS for the 2019-2020 school year and/or educators hired after August 21, 2018, and did not attend the New Educator Orientation in 2018, are expected to attend. NEO is specifically designed to introduce educators to the MCPS curriculum and the latest on-going assessment methods. In addition, educators will learn how to create and maintain a positive classroom environment, honor diversity, and integrate students of all abilities and learning levels (including English Language Learners) in classroom instruction.

NEO will be held over three days from August 20, 2019 to August 22, 2019. The general sessions will occur at two sites on August 20, August 21 and August 22, 2019. New special education teachers will attend a fourth day of training on the Special Education Day (August 23, 2019). New educators will sign up on PDO (PDO will be available for sign-up mid-July) to attend this orientation. NEO attendees will be paid for their participation. Please check this website in early August to get updated information regarding NEO.

Montgomery County Education Association

The New Teacher Induction program is excited to announce plans for the 2019 New Educator Orientation (NEO). Educators hired by MCPS for the 2019-2020 school year and/or educators hired after August 21, 2018, and did not attend the New Educator Orientation in 2018, are expected to attend. NEO is specifically designed to introduce educators to the MCPS curriculum and the latest on-going assessment methods. In addition, educators will learn how to create and maintain a positive classroom environment, honor diversity, and integrate students of all abilities and learning levels (including English Language Learners) in classroom instruction.

NEO will be held over three days from August 20, 2019 to August 22, 2019. The general sessions will occur at two sites on August 20, August 21 and August 22, 2019. New special education teachers will attend a fourth day of training on the Special Education Day (August 23, 2019). New educators will sign up on PDO (PDO will be available for sign-up mid-July) to attend this orientation. NEO attendees will be paid for their participation. Please check this website in early August to get updated information regarding NEO.

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.