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Secondary Education Certification

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The Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) offers several programs for people interested in obtaining secondary education teacher certification in the following subject areas:

Agriculture Education Mathematics Education
Biology Education Physics
Chemistry Education Chinese Foreign Language Education
English Education (Double Major) French Foreign Language Education
Government and Politics
(Social Studies)
Italian Foreign Language Education
Geography (Social Studies) German Foreign Language Education
Geology Russian Foreign Language Education
History Spanish Foreign Language Education
Other Specialized areas include:  
Art Education  
Second Language Education (SLEC) Teaching English as Second Language (TESOL)
Teacher Leadership  


Some of the TLPL programs are designed for students who are still exploring whether teaching is an appropriate career path for them. Other programs are intended for people who already have confirmed their choice to pursue a teaching career.

Certification Options :

Four-Year Double Major Program
Undergraduates who realize that teaching is their goal early may pursue the four-year double major program. With this program, students complete the content major (with additional coursework needed for certification), and education courses, including the year-long internship. Upon graduation students receive a double major (double degree if fulfilled l50 credits) plus eligibility for certification from the State of Maryland. 

The Five-Year Integrated Master’s with Certification Program 
This program is intended for content majors (English, Foreign Language, Math, Science and Social Studies) entering their junior and senior year. The program is for talented students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who wish to combine undergraduate studies in the content area and professional education as a foundation for focused professional coursework at the graduate level leading to secondary-level certification in the subject field and the Master's of Education degree. As undergraduates, admitted students complete their baccalaureate degrees with a major in the relevant content area and a minimum of 12 credits in graduate - level professional studies related to teacher certification requirements. In their fifth year, they enroll in a full-year internship and complete professional studies that make them eligible for teacher certification and the master's of education degree. The Master's Program is housed at the Shady Grove Campus.

The Masters Certification Program (MCERT)
MCERT(Maryland Graduate Certification Program) for Secondary Education (grades 7 through 12) is an alternative teacher education program for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree in various academic fields and are interested in teaching in a secondary school setting. The MCERT program is a 13-month, full time program that leads to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed) degree as well as eligibility for Maryland State certification to teach in secondary schools. For more information about the MCERT program, please click here.

The Post-Bac Certification only (PBC) Program
Students may want to consider this option if they are not interested in pursuing a master’s degree. Students must have completion of a bachelor’s degree and appropriate coursework/relevant studies or experiences to meet content area standards in an approved secondary education content major. Students must have successful completion of prerequisite professional courses or the capacity to complete them prior to the main internship semester; passing scores on Praxis I and Praxis II content exams; minimum 3.0 gpa overall and in the content courses used to meet requirements for the secondary education content major. Students need to apply as Advanced Special Students.