Masters Certification Program (MCERT) for Elementary & Secondary Education
Elementary Education Program Application Information:
For complete information on the MCERT admission process, please download a copy of the MCERT Admissions Handbook.
The priority deadline is November 1st and candidates will be interviewed in January. The final deadline is February 1st and candidates will be interviewed in March.
Students applying to the Master's Certification Program in elementary education will need to have met two math requirements. These requirements are to be fulfilled prior to the start of MCERT and official transcripts forwarded to UMCP with a C or better in the class. .
Math 213-Elements of Geometry and Measurements
Math 214-Elements of Probability and Statistics
If a student has credit for a college level geometry course (with a "C" or better grade then he/she will be waived from Math 213.
Please Note: Analytic Geometry or Calculus with Analytic Geometry courses do not meet this requirement.
If a student has a college level statistics course (with a "C -" or better grade), then he/she will be waived from Math 214.
Course are available at local community colleges or online. You can use www.tce.edu to see what course are equivilant. Online options are also available,. www.onlinemathcourses.org is one option.
The University of Maryland strongly encourages all eligible applicants to apply on-line at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/index.php/welcome/degree_seeking_masters_phd/
. However, if for some reason you cannot complete the Online Application, you may also download an Adobe PDF document version of the application booklet.
The College of Education requires applicants to submit an additional application called the Application Supplemental Form (ASF). Applicants will be contacted via email after submitting the University's Online Application. A system-assigned login and password will be provided at that time. In most cases, students will be contacted within 2-4 business days of submitting their Online Application.
While a diverse range of applicants is accepted annually into the program, the UMD graduate school requires that candidates have a minimum of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants who do not meet this requirement are still encouraged to apply as individuals are evaluated based on a combination of grades, professional experiences, and outlook about teaching.
2. Test Scores:
All applicants must submit passing scores for the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST), also called the Praxis I test, in order to be eligible for admission to the MCERT Program. We require not just a passing composite score for Praxis I but passing scores in all three sections: Reading: 177, Mathematics: 177, Writing: 173. Applicants must have passed 2 out of the 3 Praxis I sections before their file will be reviewed for admission. We will not grant conditional or provisional admissions for applicants pending successful completion of Praxis I. Please note that we do not accept GRE or SAT scores in lieu of Praxis I or II scores.
The first part of Praxis II,Instructional Practice and Applications, must be passed prior to the beginning of the program in early June. The second part of Praxis II, Pedagogy, is not required for admission or beginning of the MCERT Program. Admitted students are will take the Pedagogy test in November after they have completed a number of pedagogy courses during the summer and fall semester.
For more information on the Praxis tests, please review our Admissions Handbook and visit www.ets.org.
3. Letters of Recommendation:
Applicants need to submit 3 letters of recommendation which can be submitted by professors or others who can assess the quality of the applicant's prior academic performance and/or their experience working with children. The Application Supplemental Form (ASF), contains an Online Letters of Recommendation feature, through which applicants can request electronic letters from their recommenders. If applicants prefer not to use Online Letters, they can download University of Maryland Recommendation Letter Forms here. Be certain that the applicant's full name is included on each recommendation.
**Please note, the on-line recommendation is strongly encouraged and the use of the downloaded recommendation form will delay the application.
4. Personal Statement:
Please submit an essay describing your interest in becoming a public school teacher and your academic, professional, and extracurricular experiences that led you to your decision to apply. This statement of goals, experiences and education interests can be submitted using the Application Supplemental Form (ASF).
You must submit an official transcript for each and every institution you attended at which you earned 9 or more credits unless the coursework is applicable to your content area. If transfer credits are listed on another institution’s transcript, you must submit an individual official transcript from the institution at which the transfer credits were earned. You need not submit a transcript for credits earned at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland as this will be provided for you through the Graduate School system. Official transcripts should be sent to:
University of Maryland College Park
Enrollment Services Operations
Application for Graduate Admission
Rm 0130 Mitchell Building
College Park, MD 20742
All candidates, in order to be considered, must interview by phone or in person. The interview will be scheduled in the weeks following the two application deadlines.
Important Tips to Support Your Application Process:
Campus is College Park
Institution is University of Maryland, College Park
Degree desired is M.Ed.
Desired semester is Summer Session I
The Major/Program is Curriculum and Instruction.
The four-letter code is EDCI
Area of specialization is MCERT-Elementary Education