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Announcement:
The Office of Human Resources and Development continues to offer higher education partnership opportunities to MCPS employees who are seeking teacher certification, continuing professional development, or who are pursuing career advancement. Additionally, virtual information sessions will be offered beginning in September 2020. Please continue to review this webpage for current partnership opportunities and for details on how to register for virtual information sessions.

 

 

Higher Education Partnerships

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.

Partnerships are one option for employees.  Employees, in permanent positions, may also identify and pursue programs of study from accredited colleges and universities.  Employees are eligible for tuition reimbursement to support some of the tuition costs.  Details can be reviewed on the Tuition Reimbursement website.

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Partnerships for Teacher Preparation

The partnerships for teacher preparation target employees, in permanent positions, who want to pursue careers in teaching.  These partnerships provide pathways for individuals to meet the requirements in the state of Maryland to earn initial teaching certification


Partnerships for Continuing Education and Graduate Certificates

The partnerships for continuing education and graduate certificates target employees who hold current teaching certification and who want to continue their education by pursuing post-baccalaureate certificates and/or master's degrees in content areas other than their initial certification.


Partnerships for School Leadership Development

The partnerships for school leadership development target employees who are experienced, tenured teachers who want to pursue school-based leadership or supervisory positions within MCPS. These partnerships offer pathways to earn a master's degree or certificate leading to Administrator I (ADMIN I) certification in Maryland. To be eligible for partnerships in school leadership, individuals should have 3 or more years of successful classroom teaching experience.



Partnerships for Teacher Preparation


Bowie State University--Summer Institute 2021

Certification Area: various
Eligibility: MCPS conditionally licensed teachers who are required to complete coursework for licensure
Length of Study: Accelerated coursework offered weekly during Summer 2021
Degree: N/A - coursework is eligible for graduate credit
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (BSU) Dr. Akeda Pearson, apearsonstenbar@bowiestate.edu
Deadline: Summer 2021 Cohort is Closed.

 


Johns Hopkins University--Special Education Teacher Immersion Training (SET-IT)

Certification Area: special education 
Eligibility: Accepted students, pending budget approval, will be employed as special education paraeducators during the program of study and are eligible for tuition reimbursement 
Length of Study: 2 year program 
Degree: Master of Science 
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (JHU) Dr. Laurie DeBettencourt, debetten@jhu.edu
Program Website: JHU SET-IT 
Deadline: Accepting Applications for Summer 2022 Cohort

 


Montgomery College Alternative Certification for Effective Teaching (ACET)

Certification Area: secondary math, secondary science, chemistry, physics, technology education, computer science, Spanish, French
Eligibility: Permanent, temporary, and non-employees
Length of Study: 6 month teaching institute and internship + 1 year resident teaching
Degree: non degree--State of Maryland approved alternative certification
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (MC) Debra Poese, debra.poese@montgomerycollege.edu
Program Website: MC ACET
Deadline: Accepting applications

 


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

Certification Area: early childhood, elementary, special education, secondary math, secondary science
Eligibility: Support professional in permanent positions of 20 hours or more and have earned permanent status
Length of Study: Varies – approximately 60 credits or first two years or a 4 year degree
Degree: Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) – which transfer to any state of Maryland university and many private universities
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or Dr. Zeporia Smith, CREATETeacherCohort@montgomerycollege.edu
Program Website: MC CREATE
Deadline: Accepting Applications 

 


Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU)

Certification Area: ESOL, secondary math, computer science, Spanish
Eligibility: Support professional in permanent positions of 20 hours or more and have earned permanent status
Length of Study: multiple years
Degree: Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees; alternative certification 
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (NDMU-undergraduate) Jennifer Lampton (bachelor's degree or CAUS), jlampton@ndm.edu  and Sheila Mahony (graduate or ACT), smahony@ndm.edu
Program Website: NDMU
Deadline: Accepting applications

 


Towson University Master of Arts (MAT) in Teaching Special Education 

Certification Area: special education
Eligibility: Support professional in permanent positions of 20 hours or more and have earned permanent status
Length of Study: 3 years – 1 course approximately every 8 weeks
Degree: Master of Teaching (MAT)
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (TU) Eric Kuhn, epkuhn@towson.edu 
Program Website: TU MAT in SPED at USG
Deadline: Accepting Applications for Fall 2022 Cohort

 


University of Maryland Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE)

Certification Area: Elementary Education—general education grades 1-6--Cite candidates can choose a focus area of ESOL or special education preparing individuals meet the diverse needs of students; however, the initial certification is general education elementary.
Eligibility: Support professional in permanent positions of 20 hours or more and have earned permanent status
Length of Study: 2.5 years
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (UMD) Theresa Robinson, tnebrob1@umd.edu and Carolina Napp-Avelli, cnapp@umd.edu
Program Website: UMD CITE
Deadline: November 1, 2021. Accepting applications for Spring 2022 cohort. 

 


University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC)

Certification Area: computer science, mathematics, biology, chemistry, earth space science, or physics
Eligibility: Support professional in permanent positions of 20 hours or more and have earned permanent status
Length of Study: multi-year; 1-2 years in the MAT program
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (UMUC) Cheri Temoney, cheri.temoney@umgc.edu
Program Website: UMGC
Program Deadline: Accepting applications 

 


University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Certification Area: TESOL
Eligibility: Support professional in permanent positions of 20 hours or more and have earned permanent status
Length of Study: 2.5 years
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (UMBC) Dr. Mary Tabaa, tabaa@umbc.edu 
Program Website: UMBC TESOL
Deadline: Accepting applications

 



  Partnerships for Continuing Education and Graduate Certificates


Johns Hopkins University--Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education (New)

Certification: Successful program completers , who hold teacher certification and 27 months of successful classroom teaching experience, are eligible to seek MSDE Gifted and Talented Education Specialist Certification

Eligibility: Candidates should have Maryland state teacher's certification and is best matched to classroom teachers serving in schools implementing  enriched and accelerated programming (e.g., Enriched Literacy Curriculum, Centers for Enriched Studies, and criteria-based programming.
Length of Study: Four semesters - 18 graduate credits
Degree: Graduate Certificate
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney PinkardSydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org, and Kurshanna Dean, Kurshanna_J_Dean@mcpsmd.org or (JHU) Camilla Mika-Simms, Program Coordinator, at camilla.mika.simms@jhu.edu
Program WebsiteJHU Certificate in Gifted Education 
Deadline:  May 2021 for Fall 2021 cohort -- Accepting Applications

 


 

McDaniel College and MCEA Equity and Excellence in Education 

Eligibility: MCPS employees who hold teacher certification.
Length of Study: 2 years
Certification Area: graduate certificate
Program Requirements: bachelor’s degree
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (MCPS/McDaniel) Heather Yuhaniek, Heather_E_Yuhaniak@mcpsmd.org 
Program Website: McDaniel Equity and Excellence in Education
Deadline: Recruitment begins Spring 2022 for Fall 2022 Cohorts

Notre Dame of Maryland University Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia

Eligibility: MCPS employees 
Length of Study: Four semesters--one course per semester
Certification Area: The program of study provides participants with the skills and methods to be effective and competent teachers of students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia and other related learning differences. 
Program Requirements: bachelor's degree to participate. Must hold a master's degree to be legible for the graduate certificate from Notre Dame of Maryland University
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (NDM) Donna Schissler, dschissler@ndm.edu
Deadline

 


Towson University Master of Education in Special Education (MEd)

Eligibility: teachers certified in content areas other than special education
Length of Study: 3 years – 1 course approximately every 8 weeks
Degree: Master of Education
Certification Area: special education
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (TU) Eric Kuhn, epkhun@towson.edu  
Program Website: Towson at USG MEd in Special Education
Deadline: Fall 2021 Cohort is closed. Accepting Applications Fall 2022 for Fall 2023 Cohort

 


University of Maryland Master of Education in Middle School Mathematics

Eligibility: certified elementary, middle, or special education, teachers 
Length of Study: 3 years 
Degree: Master of Education
Certification Area: add-on math endorsement for certified teachers
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (UMD) Beatriz Quintos, bquintos@umd.edu
Program Website: UMD MEd in Middle Grades Mathematics
Deadline: Accepting applications


University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) in TESOL

Eligibility: certified elementary, middle, or high school teachers who hold certification in content areas other than ESOL
Length of Study: 4 semesters -- Summer 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Summer 2022
Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC). 
Certification Area: TESOL add-on endorsement with qualifying score on PRAXIS
Program Contact: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (UMBC) Mary Tabaa, tabaa@umbc.edu
Program Information: UMBC Post-baccalaureate Certificate in TESOL
Deadline:

 


 

Partnerships for School Leadership Development

 


Hood College Educational Leadership

Eligibility: MCPS employees with 3 or more years of successful classroom teaching experience 
Length of Study: 3 years master’s degree; 2 years graduate certificate
Certification Area: Administrator I
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (Hood College) Dan Shea, shea@hood.edu
Program Website: Hood College for Educational Leadership
Deadline: Accepting applications for Fall 2021

 


McDaniel College in Curriculum and Instruction with a Leadership Focus

Eligibility: MCPS employees with 3 or more years of successful classroom teaching experience 
Length of Study: 3 years master’s degree; Administrator I Certification
Certification Area: Administrator I
Program Contacts: (MCPS) Sydney Pinkard, Sydney_K_Pinkard@mcpsmd.org or (McDaniel) LaTonya Hensen, lhensen@mcdaniel.edu
Program Website: McDaniel College
Deadline: Accept applications for Fall 2021 cohorts

 

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