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Blueprint Pillar 2:
High Quality and Diverse Teachers and Leaders

The Blueprint for Maryland’s Future is elevating the stature of the teaching profession through the implementation of a career ladder, competitive salariesincluding raising starting pay to $60,000, incentives for National Board Certified teachers up to $17,000, as well as raising expectations for teacher preparation, induction, and mentoring programs to attract and retain high-quality teachers. 

Blueprint Statutory Highlights

Creating More Opportunities for Teachers

The Blueprint creates an opportunity to attract and retain our educator workforce through significant increases in salary and career growth opportunities. The priority of this work is to turn teaching into a high-status profession that top-performing Maryland high school graduates want to pursue.

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Raising Starting Salaries for Teachers

Under the Blueprint, all Maryland teachers will earn a salary of at least $60,000 beginning in 2026. This means that new teachers in some Maryland counties will see an increase of almost $15,000 over current rates.

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National Board Certified Teacher Incentives

By earning a National Board Certification, teachers earn a salary increase of $10,000. Additionally, NBC teachers who teach at an identified low-performing school earn an additional salary increase of $7,000, for a total increase of $17,000.

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Elevating the Teaching Profession

Maryland is focused on growing the pipeline of teachers who want to transform Maryland education and accelerate academic achievement for all students, especially those who have been historically underserved. Learn more about how to become a teacher in Maryland and explore available financial incentives and scholarship opportunities. 

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With the Blueprint for Maryland’s Future, teaching has never been more rewarding! With higher salaries, career ladders, job-embedded professional development, scholarships, grants, and the support needed to succeed, there’s never been a better time to become a Maryland teacher. Join us in transforming Maryland education.

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