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Teacher Preparation (Higher Education Partnerships)


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 Mrs. 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 financial incentives and additional support at the graduate level for individuals — primarily career changers — to attain teacher certification. Partnership programs focus on expanding the candidate pool with respect to applicants representing diverse backgrounds and critical needs fields. Programs involve extensive MCPS field experiences, supplemental training, and supervisory support by universities and MCPS coaches.



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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Howard University

MCPS/Howard University Education (Ed.D.) Program for Administrators


The Educational Administration Guided Leadership Experiences (EAGLE III) Program is a "nationally recognized" doctoral program leading to the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University. The program reflects Howard University's commitment to addressing the needs of urban and diverse school systems by expanding the pool of diverse and well-prepared professionals. The EAGLE III Program is specifically designed for practicing K-12 administrators who aspire to the position of superintendent of schools or some other senior-level position. The program also prepares educational professionals within the framework of educational and social policy. Additionally, EAGLE III course work and assessments are well aligned with the Education Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) and the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC).

The program is designed to produce individuals who:

  • possess the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes relative to all phases of the organization, management, and leadership of school systems;
  • are familiar with the forces and influences which impinge on the process of education;
  • can use with intelligence and discrimination the findings of research and evaluation; and
  • are sensitive to the interrelationship between school systems and the communities they serve.

The core elements of EAGLE III are:

  • Urban education focus
  • Praxis model of instruction (pairing HU faculty and practicing education leaders)
  • Cohort structure for participating local school district administrators
  • A concentration of experiential cognate courses that include community leadership and diverse learner leadership
  • A Capstone project consisting of a dissertation informed by a problem of practice

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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.  

Dr. deBettencourt will hold face-to-face information sessions on the third Tuesday of every month from September - January (except for December) from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in room 202 at the JHU Columbia Campus at 6740 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, MD 21046. 

Interested persons should email Dr. Laurie deBettencourt for more information ( 

JHU will begin accepting applications for next cohort (2018 Summer Start) now.  The final deadline is February 1, 2018. 


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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.

 An information session will be held on the following date: 

 McDaniel College will host a Cohort Information Meeting for the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction w/ Leadership Focus program on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. at 45 W. Gude Drive, Rockville, in the Pine Conference room (3rd floor).

 Please feel free to share the attached flyer with your colleagues.  RSVP Online for the event.

 The application deadline is December 15, 2017, and the following documentation is required to process your application:  

 Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, Leadership Focus (Cohort 8MC)

  •  Official Bachelor’s Degree Transcript
  •  Recommendation Form
  •  $75.00 Application Fee 

 8MC Cohort courses begin January 2018.

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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. Click here to learn more about the program.


The Fall 2017, cohorts are full with wait lists. Please look for advertisements in the MCPS bulletin for information sessions this coming spring for the 2018-2019 school year.


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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. Program recruitment for the 2017 cohort is ongoing with applications accepted from July 1, to October 15, 2016. 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 beginning in December and concluding in May. 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

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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 2016, for entrance into the program in Fall 2017. Application deadline is May 15, 2017.

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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.

An interest meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at the MCPS Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) located at 45 West Gude Drive, Rockville, MD at 5:00 p.m., in the Pine Room (3rd Floor).  Please RSVP on PDO using course #86942.  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 2017.  Application deadline is June 30, 2017.


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MCPS/University of Maryland College Park Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Elementary Education CITE Program

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. Recruitment will begin Fall 2017, for the Fall 2018 cohort.

Information meetings will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017, and Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  Interested applicants may choose to attend one of the meetings.  RSVP on PDO using course #86944.  Seating is limited.

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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.  Applications are currently being accepted for the next cohort to begin Fall 2017.

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