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Within the College of Education we offer various Post-Baccalaureate certificate (PBC) programs that are provided to assist students with knowledge of a specific concentration area.   Certificate program options are available within the various departments/programs.  The Advanced Graduate Specialist (AGS) certificate enhances students’ professional portfolio of education coursework beyond the Master’s degree.  Please consult the program information links below for contacts and more information.

For additional off-campus program offerings visit the Office of Innovation & Partnernships website.


List of Programs:

Advanced Graduate specialist certificate:
Special Education (Four Specialty Areas)
The Advanced Graduate Specialist (A.G.S.) certificate, with four specialty areas, is designed to promote professional competence in an area of concentration in the field of special education. This program is available to students planning to take extended graduate work beyond the master's level, within any of the major specialty areas indicated for the master's program (Early Childhood, Secondary/Transition, Behavior Disorders and Learning Disabilities, and Severe Disabilities). The certificate is awarded by the College of Education at the completion of all requirements; this is not a degree program.

The candidate for the A.G.S must have a master's degree or its equivalent earned at the University of Maryland or another accredited institution. The minimum number of graduate hours for the A.G.S. is 60 including applicable credits from the Master's program. The core of the program should be made up of special education courses and other work within the College of Education or other colleges of the university.

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

Special Education AGS Programs (Four Specialty Areas)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
EDSP
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: Praxis I or GRE or MAT
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: Fall March 1; Spring September 1
International Student Deadline: Fall February 1; Spring June 1
Prerequisites: Masters Degree or it's equivalent (in Special Ed)
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu
Post–Baccalaureate certificates:
Measurement, Statistic and Evaluation

NOTE:To enroll in this Certificate program you must currently be a doctoral student in a University of Maryland department other than EDMS.

Earn your certificate in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation from one of the top 27 colleges of education according to U.S. News and World Report. The certificate in EDMS is designed to provide advanced training in quantitative methods for graduate students majoring in other programs. The certificate in EDMS requires a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours.

The certificate comprises a 15 credit hour core: Quantitative Research Methods I and II, Applied Multiple Regression Analysis, Applied Measurement Issues and Practices, and Multivariate Data Analysis. The remaining nine credit hours are determined in collaboration with the student’s EDMS advisor. The additional courses supplement the core courses and the specific research interests of the student. Additional courses can include any EDMS offerings with the exception of EDMS 451. Students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 in courses taken for the Certificate. Also, students must complete each course in the certificate with a grade of B or better. If a lower grade is obtained in a given course, then the course in question must be repeated until this grade requirement is achieved or not counted in the certificate and another course substituted.

Applicants must be enrolled in a department at the University of Maryland that is not EDMS. Applicants must meet the Department of Measurement, Statistics and Evaluationís admission requirements.

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site]

Certificate in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation
Dept : Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
Application Process:> Contact Department
Application Fee: Not Required
Transcript Required: Not Required
Standardized Testing: Not Required
Letters of Reference: Not Required
Resume: Not Required
Personal Statement: Not Required
Student Deadline: Fall Preferred- November 15, Final- March 15
Spring Preferred- Sept. 1, Final- Oct. 1
International Student Deadline: Fall February 1; Spring June 1
Prerequisites: Need to be enrolled in a UM doctoral program. Also need successful completion of intriductory quantitative methods courses.
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3621 (Dr. Gregory Hancock, Chair). May also contact any EDMS faculty faculty member.
E-mail Contact: ghancock@umd.edu
   

Applied Counseling and Human Services
Applied Counseling and Human Services: Improve your expertise in assessing youth with disabilities as they pursue their careers by earning this graduate certificate from U.S. News and World Report’s number one ranked department in Counseling and Personnel Services.

This 12–credit, one–year academic program includes a four course sequence with classes on: professional orientation, special topics in leadership development, career development theories and interventions as well as job development and placement.

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

Graduate Certificate in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)
Z069
Application Process: Complete Program Application
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes  (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA) 
Standardized Testing: GREs optional (can supplement GPA)
Letters of Reference: Letter from Supervisor supporting applicant (Signed by director and immediate supervisor)
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Contact Department
Student Deadline: May 15
International Student Deadline: N/A
Prerequisites: Must be employed in an eligible spec. ed, rehab, or related program
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-0728
E-mail Contact: caps-jdjp@umd.edu
   

Literacy Coaching

This program is offered through the Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership Department. Designed for highly qualified teachers who wish to become literacy leaders and coaches in their schools, the Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate Program in Literacy Coaching is an eighteen (18) credit graduate program focused on cognition, reading, written communication, TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), special education/inclusion, and literacy coaching and leadership. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates receive a Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certification from the Graduate School of the University of Maryland. With advisor approval, a maximum of twelve graduate credits from the certificate program may be applied to a Master of Education in Teacher Leadership (M.Ed.) degree. The literacy coaching program meets the standards for the preparation of literacy coaches established by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS),and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

Graduate Certificate in Literacy Coaching
Dept:

Program Code:

Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
Z038
Application Process: Complete Program Application
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes  (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA) 
Standardized Testing: GREs optional (can supplement GPA)
Letters of Reference:  
Resume: Required
Personal Statement: Contact Department
Student Deadline: Contact Department
International Student Deadline: N/A
Prerequisites: State teaching license; two yesrs teaching experience
Miscellaneous: none
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: jonesj@umd.edu
   

Assessment and Evaluation

Note: This program has been suspended for AY13-14.

The Post–Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation (P–BCAE) is designed for students who wish to increase their subject–matter knowledge and related performance skills as well as prepare themselves for new challenges related to their professional areas. To earn the P–BCAE, students must complete five three–credit courses (15 graduate academic credits in total). All five courses are part of the regularly–scheduled course offerings in EDMS: EDMS 610, EDMS 645, EDMS 622, EDMS 626, and EDMS 647.

The program is offered on a cohort basis. Participants take the courses in sequence, beginning with EDMS 610. The other courses expand upon concepts introduced in EDMS 610: Basic psychometric statistics, standardized testing, locating and evaluating measures, and program evaluation. Courses follow a traditional semester format.

The P–BCAE utilizes primarily distance–learning methods of instruction. Students enrolled in the program must therefore have access to and skill in utilizing electronic media.

To learn more about the program please go to the [Program Site].

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM)
Z044
Application Process: Graduate School Application, then Application Supplementary Form (Program Code= "EDMS PBC"; Program Number =Z044)
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: Not Required
Letters of Reference: Not Required
Resume: Not Required
Personal Statement: Not Required
Student Deadline: 30 days prior to the start of the semester in which enrollment is expected to begin
International Student Deadline: 60 days prior to the start of the semester in which enrollment is expected to begin
Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree or graduate degree from an accredited institution
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3622 (Dr. Kathryn Alvestad, Program Coordinator)
E-mail Contact: alvestad@umd.edu
   

Achievement Motivation & Adolescent Self and Social Processes (AMASSP)

Note:The AMASSP Certificate Program is offered in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Priority admission is granted to MCPS employees..

The courses in this 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate program provide students with an overview of motivational, self, and social aspects of development during adolescence and how those processes influence school performance and adjustment. Students will apply knowledge of these essential domains of development to the design of instructional practices that support students’ motivation to achieve in school and the quality of their self-perceptions and social interactions in the classroom setting and elsewhere.  The program includes five courses:

EDHD 600 – Introduction to Human Development (3 credits)
EDHD 635 – Adolescents at Risk (3 credits)
EDHD 602 – Social Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
EDHD 617 – Achievement Motivation in Adolescence (3 credits)
EDHD 674 – Self Processes in Adolescence: Implications for Academic Achievement and
         School Adjustment (3 credits)

Courses in this off campus partnership program are offered at the Universities at Shady Grove, or on-line.  All University of Maryland Graduate School policies apply. For more detailed information go to the [Program Site].

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation
Dept:
Program Code:
Achievement Motivation & Adolescent Self and Social Processes (AMASSP)
Z085
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: Not Required
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters of recommendation
Resume: Not Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: TBA
International Student Deadline: TBA
Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree and/or graduate degree from an accredited institution
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8714 (Dr. Ann Battle, Program Director)
E-mail Contact: abattle@umd.edu
   

Adolescent Cognitive Developoment and Motivation to Read (ACDMR)

Note:The ACDMR Certificate Program is offered in partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS). Priority admission is granted to MCPS employees..

Learn about changes over the course of development in adolescents’ thought processes and in their motivation to achieve in school, especially in reading.  In this 15-credit post-baccalaureate certificate program, students will study major theories of adolescent development, particular topics related to achievement motivation, theory and research related to adolescent cognitive development, and how cognitive and motivational bases of reading comprehension are integrated across a variety of content areas in secondary education.  Specific courses include:

EDHD 600 – Introduction to Human Development (3 credits)
EDHD 692 – Cognitive Bases of Instruction (3 credits)
EDHD 624 – Cognitive & Motivational Bases of Reading: Reading in Content Areas I & II (6 credits)
EDHD 617 – Achievement Motivation in Adolescence (3 credits)

Courses in this off campus partnership program are offered at the Universities at Shady Grove, or on-line.  All University of Maryland Graduate School policies apply. For more detailed information go to the [Program Site].

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation
Dept:
Program Code:
Adolescent Cognitive Development and Motivation to Read (ACDMR)
Z086
Application Process: Graduate School Application and Supplementary Form
Application Fee: $75
Transcript Required: Yes (Undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.0: Graduate GPA ≥ 3.5)
Standardized Testing: Not Required
Letters of Reference:

3 Letters of Recommendation

Resume: Not Required
Personal Statement: Required
Student Deadline: TBA
International Student Deadline: TBA
Prerequisites: Undergraduate degree and/or graduate degree from an accredited institution
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8714 (Dr. Ann Battle, Program Director)
E-mail Contact: abattle@umd.edu