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Ms. Sydney Pinkard Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org
Montgomery County Public Schools45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2100Rockville, Maryland 20850
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.
Joining our existing teacher preparation partnerships with Johns Hopkins University and Towson University, MCPS welcomes new partnerships with:
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 consecutive years of successful classroom teaching experience and tenure by the end of the current school year.
The certificate pathway is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019. The master's degree pathway is accepting applications.
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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 for Fall 2019 is closed. The next cohort will begin May 2020. The application deadline is April 1, 2020.
Resource: JHU SET-IT flyer
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McDaniel College in partnership with MCPS offers the following programs for teachers:
There will be an information meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in the Maple room (1st floor) located at the MCPS Office of Human Resources and Development (OHRD) on 45 West Gude Drive in Rockville from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. RSVP on PDO using course #87534 to attend.
Both programs result in teachers being eligible for the Maryland Administrator I Certificate. The program targets certified teachers who will have five or more consecutive years of successful classroom 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. Accepting applications for Fall 2019.
Deadline: September 6, 2019.
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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.
Accepting applications for Fall 2019 cohorts.
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:
Accepting application from July 15, 2019 to October 15, 2019.
The Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence (CREATE) program, in partnership with Montgomery College, offers an associate's degree which meets the first two years of a four year bachelor's degree in teacher education. The degree can transfer to any Maryland state four year institution. Graduates receive special transfer consideration. The CREATE program offers mentoring, math mentoring, advising, and flexible scheduling. Applicants are required to take and pass PRAXIS Core exam or have other qualifying exam scores (SAT and ACT).
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Notre Dame of Maryland (NDMU) offers Maryland State Department of Education approved and nationally accredited certification programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level. NDMU is the largest private provider of teacher certification in the state of Maryland.
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies/Education
The bachelor's degree completion program offers initial certification in either ESOL or special education. Classes are taught in Montgomery County and online, and students may complete the student internship portion of the program at their MCPS worksites. MCPS support professionals with an associate's degree or a minimum of 60 applicable credits are eligible to apply.
Accelerated Certification in Teaching (ACT)
The graduate level ACT program offers initial teacher certification in the following high need areas: art, music, math, computer science, science, French, Spanish, ESOL, and special education. Classes are taught in Montgomery County and online, and students may complete the student teaching internship portion of the program at their worksites. MCPS employees with a bachelor's degree are eligible to apply.
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.
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 in 2019 for a Fall 2020 cohort.
Towson University in partnership with MCPS, offers candidates who are eligible, a Masters of Science in Instructional Technology degree for school library media certification. The program of study is 36 credits with classes held one night per week on the campus of Universities at Shady Grove in Darnestown.
Master of Science in Instructional Technology with School Library Media Certification Flyer
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 University of Maryland Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) program targets MCPS support professionals with bachelor's degrees, who are interested in becoming elementary school teachers with a focus on special education or ESOL. During the two and half year program, candidates work as paraeducators and are able to complete work-site internships without having to take approved leave. All courses are offered in MCPS or online. The next CITE cohort will begin in January 2020. Accepting applications.
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MCPS in partnership with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) offer pathway programs for MCPS support professionals who are interested in pursuing Maryland state teacher certification to become MCPS teachers. UMUC offers certification preparation in: grades 7-12, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science; or in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL).
Want to learn more? Please review the pre-recorded UMUC/UMBC Information Meeting.
To be eligible for the partnership program, individuals need to be MCPS Support Professionals in permanent positions.