Higher Education Partnerships

 

Contact Us  

 Ms. Sydney Pinkard
 Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org

 Mrs. Angie Fish
 Angie_L_Fish@mcpsmd.org

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 Montgomery County Public Schools

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 of Maryland University
  • 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)

 

 


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 successful classroom teaching experience and tenure by the end of the current school year.

An information meeting will be held on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at the Office of Human Resources and Development located on 45 West Gude Drive in Rockville.  There will be two sessions at 4:00 pm and 4:45 pm.  Interested employees need only attend one of the sessions.  Space is limited.  RSVP on PDO using course # 87670.

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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.  

An information meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 from 4:00-5:00 pm at the Columbia, MD campus of Johns Hopkins University. Contact Dr. deBettencourt if you plan to attend.

Deadline: April 1, 2019.

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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.

Deadline for Fall 2018 is closed.

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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. The Fall 2018 cohorts are closed.  

Accepting applications in Spring 2019 for Fall 2019 cohorts.

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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 February 1, 2019.

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MCPS/Montgomery College Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence (CREATE)

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 University

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.

For further information, contact:

  • Ms. Megan Bowen for advising questions for the graduate ACT program at mbowen@ndm.edu 
  • Ms. Lindsey Robinson for application questions or for advising questions for the bachelor’s program at lrobinson@ndm.edu 

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. 

There will be an information meeting on Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 4:30-5:30 pm at the Office of Human Resources and Development.  Please RSVP on PDO using course # 87656 if you plan to attend.

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 in 2019 for a Fall 2020 cohort.

For further information, contact:

  • Ms. Peggy Dumler, Program Coordinator at mdumler@towson.edu  
  • Ms. Kim Casimbon, Graduate Program Coordinator at kcasimbon@towson.edu 
  • Ms. Sydney Pinkard (MCPS), at Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org   

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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. 

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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 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 at The Universities at Shady Grove. The next CITE cohort will begin in January 2019.  Accepting applications.

The next information meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at OHRD.  RSVP on PDO using course # 87596.

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MCPS/University of Maryland University College and University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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).

Information meetings for interested MCPS support professionals are held on Wednesday, November 14th at 4:30 pm in the Pine Room (3rd floor) at the Office of Human Resources and Development located on 45 West Gude Drive.

Interested employees who attended the October 2018 meeting do not need to attend.

To be eligible for the partnership program, individuals need to be MCPS Support Professionals in permanent positions. Please RSVP on PDO using course #87616 if you plan to attend the information meeting. 

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