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Higher Education Partnerships


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 Ms. Sydney Pinkard

 Mrs. Angie Fish

Montgomery County Public Schools
45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2100
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Call 301-315-7384 or 301-315-7390

The Office of Human Resources and Development works with local universities to provide tuition reimbursement and additional support at the undergraduate and graduate levels for individuals seeking teacher certification, continuing professional development, or pursuing career advancement opportunities.  Partnership programs focus on expanding the candidate pool with respect to applicants representing diverse backgrounds and systemic areas of critical need.  These programs involve extensive MCPS field experiences, supplemental training, and supervisory support by colleges, universities, and MCPS.



Become a Teacher in MCPS

Joining our existing teacher preparation partnerships with Johns Hopkins University and Towson University, MCPS welcomes new partnerships with:

  • Montgomery College Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence (CREATE)
  • Notre Dame University in Maryland
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in partnership with University of Maryland University College (UMUC)
  • University of Maryland College Park--expanded offerings in ESOL and Special Education through the Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE)

***Due to inclement weather, the information fair for teacher preparation programs has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:30-6:30 pm at Gaithersburg HS.  This event is for MPS permanent support professionals.***


Hood College

MCPS/Hood College Partnership in Educational Leadership

Hood College and MCPS, through the Office of Human Resources and Development, offers the Educational Leadership Certificate Program (ELCP) for cohorts beginning in the fall of each year. Through this partnership, candidates earn a master's degree in educational leadership with Maryland certification in administration and supervision or for those who already hold a master's degree, the completion of an 18-credit certificate program for Maryland administrator certification. The program targets certified MCPS teachers who will have five or more years of classroom experience and tenure by the end of the current school year.


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Johns Hopkins University

MCPS/Johns Hopkins University Master’s Degree in Special Education (SET-IT)

Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in collaboration with MCPS through the Office of Human Resources and Development seeks candidates for the SET-IT (Special Education Teacher Immersion Training) two-year program that leads to a Master of Science in Education Degree and Generic Certification in Special Education, grades 1 through 12. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree and have a 3.0 GPA.  Participants will work for MCPS as special education paraeducators during the day and take JHU courses in the evening at their Columbia campus. Current MCPS paraeducators are encouraged to apply. MCPS tuition reimbursement will be available to qualified MCPS employees.  Deadline: April 1, 2018.

An interest meeting will be held on Thursday, February 22, 12018 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Columbia Campus of Johns Hopkins University in room 202. 

Interested persons should email Amy Mounce for more information ( and register on PDO using course #87107.


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McDaniel College

MCPS/McDaniel College Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction or Administrator I Certification

McDaniel College in partnership with MCPS offers the following programs for teachers:

  • Administrator certification for MCPS teachers who hold a Master’s degree
  • Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in leadership.

Both programs result in teachers being eligible for the Maryland Administrator I Certificate. The program targets certified teachers who will have five or more years of teaching experience and tenure by the end of the current school year. The cohort programs start in the fall of each academic year. Reduced tuition rates available to partnership candidates.

 Information session: TBD 


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 Resources: Administrator I Certification Flyer Sp 2017

                    Curriculum & Instruction with a Leadership Focus Flyer Fall 2017 

MCPS/MCEA/McDaniel College Equity and Excellence in Education Graduate Certificate

MCPS teachers can acquire new skills and perspectives on the challenging work of becoming culturally responsive practitioners through a five-course, 15-credit graduate certificate in Equity and Excellence in Education. This ground-breaking partnership between MCPS, MCEA and McDaniel College brings together educators from across the county to study theory and the research and practice of teaching and leading for equity in the classroom, school house and beyond. All courses are offered in Montgomery County. Certificate program completers may apply credits towards a Master of Science (M.S.) degree at McDaniel College.

An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 and Thursday, March 8, 2018, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Gaithersburg MS--Media Center.

Please register on PDO using course #87092 to attend one of the meetings.


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Montgomery College

MCPS/Montgomery College Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET)

The Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET) Program, a partnership between MCPS and Montgomery College, offers a teacher preparation option for degreed individuals who wish to become certified teachers at the secondary level in specific high needs areas.  Qualified applicants are accepted for this competitive admissions program following a successful interview process. The program is designed to take candidates from program entry to eligibility to become the teacher of record in 6 months.  The program leads to resident teacher certification and opportunity for employment in MCPS at the successful conclusion of the student-teacher internship. Two modular courses that focus on best practices of first-year induction success and action research provide continued support throughout the following school year. The following critical shortage subject areas are currently being recruited:

  • Secondary: Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Technology Education
  • PreK-12: French and Spanish
  • Middle School: Mathematics and Science

Deadline for applications for the spring/summer cohort is March 1, 2018.

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Towson University

MCPS/Towson University Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education

The Towson University Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education program in partnership with MCPS, is designed for post-baccalaureate students who are certified to teach in any area other than Special Education. This 3-year program prepares students for teacher certification in Special Education in early childhood education, elementary education or secondary education. Evening courses are conveniently located at The Universities at Shady Grove. Students should plan to apply during Fall 2018, for entrance into the program in Fall 2019. Application deadline is TBA.

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MCPS/Towson University Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in Special Education

Towson University in partnership with MCPS, offers candidates who are eligible, a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree in Special Education with initial certification. The three-year part-time program offers evening courses taught at the Universities at Shady Grove. Candidates will not have to take leave in order to complete the internship in their third year.  Accepting applications.

For information regarding coursework and the application process, please contact Peggy Dumler at or Kim Casimbon at

For additional information contact Sydney Pinkard via email at


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University of Maryland, College Park

MCPS/University of Maryland College Park Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Middle School Mathematics

The University of Maryland M.Ed. in Middle School Mathematics is a content-based master's program that prepares MCPS teachers to become highly qualified middle grades mathematics teachers (4 - 9th grade). The 30-credit program targets current middle school math teachers with elementary certification, or special education or ESOL teachers who wish to teach mathematics at the middle school level.  All course will be offered at The Universities at Shady Grove. The next cohort will begin in Fall 2018.  Best consideration: February 15, 2018.  Final deadline: March 31, 2018.


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MCPS/University of Maryland College Park Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education CITE Program - Expanding to ESOL and Special Education

The University of Maryland Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) program targets MCPS paraprofessionals, support staff, and other employees with bachelor's degrees, who are interested in becoming elementary school teachers. During the 2-year program, candidates work as paraeducators and are able to complete work-site internships without having to take approved leave. All courses are offered at The Universities at Shady Grove.  Accepting applications.

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MCPS/University of Maryland College Park Master of Education (M.Ed.) in STEM Education

The University of Maryland M.Ed. program in Special Studies: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education, offers a master's degree with an add-on MSDE certification endorsement as a STEM Instructional Leader. The 3 year 30-credit program targets MCPS elementary teachers who aspire to be leaders in elementary science education, and middle school science and technology education teachers who wish to improve their science content expertise and become leaders in middle school STEM. All courses are offered at The Universities at Shady Grove.

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