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234 /State Department of Education

rials in 101 Maryland libraries by the Bibliographic
Control Center and lends materials by the Audio-
visual Department (Code Education Article, sec.

Gail Bailey, Chief
(410) 333-2125

The School Library Media Services and State
Media Services Branch originated in 1968 as the
Office of School Libraries and Instructional Mate-
rials Services. The Office, reorganized as the School
Library Media Services Section in 1970, became the
School Library Media Services Branch in 1978 and
received its present name in 1987.
The Branch helps local school systems develop,
improve and use school library media programs.
For public and private schools, the Branch provides
technical assistance in planning; selection, acquisi-
tion, and use of materials and resources; instruc-
tion; program management; information
dissemination; and program evaluation.

Lance C. Finney, Chief

415 Park Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 333-2083

The Maryland State Library for the Blind and
Physically Handicapped was established in 1968.
The Library provides comprehensive library serv-
ices to eligible blind and physically handicapped
residents of Maryland. It also serves as the Maryland
regional library in the National Library Services for
the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Li-
brary of Congress.
In Baltimore, the Library formerly was located
on Charles Street but, in December 1992, moved
into its new building on the southeastern corner of
Park Avenue and Franklin Street. The Library also
has two subregional libraries: the Special Needs
Library, established in Bethesda in 1972; and the
Talking Book Center, formed in Hyattsville in 1980.


Rochelle L. Clemson, Ph.D., Assistant State
Superintendent for Certification & Accreditation

200 West Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201 (410) 333-2141

Created in 1970, the Division of Certification
and Accreditation regulates and administers certifi-
cation of teachers; preparation and assessment of

Maryland Manual 1994-1995

candidates for principalship; and accreditation of
nonpublic schools. Under the Division are two
branches: Teacher Education and Certification; and
Nonpublic School Accreditation.

Gary E. Dunkleberger, Ed.D., Chairperson, 1995
(410) 333-2152

The Professional Standards and Teacher Educa-
tion Board originated as an advisory board estab-
lished by the State Board of Education in 1971. It
was created by statute in 1991 (Chapter 662, Acts
of 1991). Through the adoption of regulations, the
Professional Standards and Teacher Education
Board sets the standards for certification of teachers
and other professional personnel, and the require-
ments for preparation of teachers and other educa-
tion personnel in each public school.
The Board's twenty-five members are appointed
to three-year terms by the Governor with Senate
advice and consent (Code Education Article, secs.
6-701 through 6-708).


Vacancy, Chief
(410) 333-2155

The Teacher Education and Certification Branch
was formed in 1981. In accordance with State
Board of Education bylaws, the Branch evaluates
teacher education programs offered by Maryland
colleges and universities and approves programs
leading to the Advanced Professional Certificate.
The Branch also certifies teachers and administra-
tors in public schools, private schools, and other
institutions, and assesses candidates for principal-

Virginia L. Cieslicki, Chief
(410) 333-2160

The Nonpublic School Accreditation Branch
started in 1948. By issuing certificates of approval
to approved schools, the Branch ensures that non-
public nursery schools, group day care centers,
kindergartens, elementary schools, middle schools,
secondary schools, residential juvenile or child care
facilities, tutoring schools, and schools for handi-
capped in Maryland provide educational programs
that conform to Maryland law and to State Board
of Education regulations. The Branch also compiles
the Directory of Approved NonPublic Schools in the
State of Maryland.


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