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GRADUATE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Teacher education in the College of Education is committed to providing future teachers with exemplary preparation programs which fosters the development of critical knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach all children, PreK-12, in our diverse and multicultural society. Our programs are embedded in the mission of a research university and reflect the College's mission of excellence and equity through commitment, knowledge, and practice. Teachers who receive their preparation at the University of Maryland are particularly well prepared in diversity, international and global issues, research and inquiry, and knowledge gained through rigorous and relevant academic coursework.

Additionally, professional preparation includes clinical and field placement experiences.  The clinical experiences are an important aspect of all teacher candidates’ curriculum as this expands upon their academic coursework and integrates theory and practice.   These experiences enhance the development of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for successful teaching careers.  

All graduate teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate these four core proficiencies:

  • Demonstrate competency in their knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, pedagogy as well as pedagogical content knowledge.
  • Demonstrate understanding of learners and their social and cultural contexts with a global perspective and intentional sensitivity to other cultures.
  • Practice evidence-based decision-making through the use of assessment as well as the critical interpretation of research and inquiry in order to improve educational practice.
  • Competently integrate technology in instruction to support student learning and develop data-driven solutions for instructional and school improvement.

The College of Education offers multiple graduate level teacher education certification programs, which include: the Maryland Master’s Certification (MCERT) program which prepares highly-qualified candidates for teacher certification in Elementary, Middle School, Secondary and PK-12 education including content areas, and the Masters of Education (MEd) certification programs in Special Education with an age-based focus in early childhood, elementary, or secondary/transition.

List of Programs:

teaching and learning, policy and leadership:
Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education Program (CITE)

CITE is a collaborative graduate program between Montgomery County Public Schools and the University of Maryland. Successful completion results in a Masters in Education (M.Ed.) degree and readiness for a Maryland teaching certificate for grades 1-6 with the possibility of teaching middle school. The program is two consecutive years consisting of four semesters and one summer. During the academic years, CITE interns serve as paraeducators in Montgomery County elementary school and attend classes in the late afternoon and evenings.

Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education Program (CITE)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall - December 1st - Preferred; February 1 - Final
Spring - September 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - November 1st; Spring - August 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu

For more information vist the [Program Site]

General Teacher Education Programs
(Art Education, Elementary Education, Social Studies/Geography/History Education, English/Literacy/Education, World Language Education, TESOL, Mathematics Education, Minority and Urban Education, Music Education, Professional Development/Teacher Education, Reading Education and Science Education)

The Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership Department offers a variety of programs individually designed and implemented by highly qualified faculty who work in specialty areas within Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. All of our programs offer Graduate students' personal and professional goals, educational research, teaching (PreK-12 and post-secondary), supervising, providing leadership as curriculum specialists within the disciplines, and teacher education at all levels (elementary, secondary and higher education).

The specialty areas are: Art Education, Elementary Education (See Professional Development/ Teacher Education), Social Studies/Geography/History Education, English/Literacy/Education, World Language Education, TESOL, Mathematics Education, Minority and Urban Education, Music Education, Professional Development/Teacher Education, Reading Education and Science Education.
General Teacher Education Programs
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall - December 1st - Preferred; February 1 - Final
Spring - September 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - November 1st; Spring - August 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu

For more information visit the [Program Site]

The Maryland Master of Education with Certification Program (MCERT)

Our programs in Elementary or Secondary Education are an alternative teacher education program designed for highly educated persons who are seeking teacher certification while completing a master’s degree. Secondary Education applicants may be required to take extra courses in order to meet their academic content requirements in some concentration areas. The programs support four themes from national and local reform agendas: (1) Inquiry and reflection; (2) Teaching for understanding; (3) Teaching for diversity; (4) Building democratic learning communities.

Master of Education Certification Program (MCERT)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline:

Summer: November 1 Preferred; March 1 - Final
IMCP applicants: Fall: March 1

International Student Deadline: Summer: December 1
IMCP applicants: Fall - February 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu

For more information visit the [Program Site].

Teaching English To Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

The Masters of Education degree in TESOL with Maryland PreK-12 ESOL Certification is designed for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in any subject matter, and wish to become certified as teachers of English to speakers of other languages for elementary, middle and high school students in Maryland. This degree consists of 42 credits (36 hours of coursework and 6 hours of field experience).

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall - December 1st - Preferred; February 1st - Final
Spring - September 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - November 1st; Spring -August 1st
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu
 

For more information visit the[Program Site]

Maryland Science and Mathematics Resident Teacher Program (MSMART)

MSMART is a 31 credit-hour teacher certification program designed to help recruit Middle School Math and Science teachers into Prince George’s county.  MSMART students are part-time teachers of record in a Middle School classroom, allowing for time for collaboration, reflection, and on-going university coursework.  Students who complete the certification program and who meet admissions criteria for the degree may complete their Master’s degree through the MCERT program in a second year. Please see program website for further details.

Maryland Science and Mathematics Resident Teacher Program (MSMART)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall - December 1st - Preferred; February 1 - Final
Spring - September 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - November 1st; Spring - August 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu

For more information visit the [Program Site]

Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Development (CCLTCD)

In order to teach Chinese in elementary and secondary public schools in the State of Maryland, teachers must be certified by the State. Because of the different available routes to certification, students with various backgrounds can enroll. Undergraduates can choose to graduate with a certification for teaching Chinese or can enroll in a five-year program leading to a master’s degree with certification for teaching Chinese. Graduate students can take a full-time, intensive, one-year program or choose to attend part-time. Students not interested in a graduate degree can enroll in an option that offers certification only.

Center for Chinese Language Teacher Certification and Developoment (CCLTCD)
Dept:
Program Code:
Department of Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL)
EDCI
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall - December 1st - Preferred; February 1 - Final
Spring - September 1
International Student Deadline: Fall - Noevmber 1st; Spring - August 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-3118
E-mail Contact: TLPL-grad@umd.edu

For more information visit the [Program Site]

Counseling, Higher education, and special education:
Early Childhood Special Education

This program is for those interested in becoming certified as an early childhood special education teacher. Teachers who are certified in early childhood special education work with children with disabilities from birth through age 8, as well as with their families, in both school and community settings.

Special Education
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- June 1
International Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- September 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu
   

For more information visit the [ Student Handbook] and [Program Site]

Elementary Special Education

This program prepares individuals to become certified to teach students with disabilities in elementary schools. The focus is on teaching reading, math, and other content areas to students with diverse strengths and needs and including those students with disabilities in general education classrooms.

Special Education
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- June 1
International Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- September 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu
   

For more information visit the [ Student Handbook] and [Program Site]

Secondary/Middle School Special Education

This program prepares individuals to be special education teachers who can provide a range of services to secondary students with high incidence disabilities. Teachers who are certified in secondary/middle education to work as middle or high school special education teachers, instructional support specialists, transition specialists, and advocates.

Special Education
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- June 1
International Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- September 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu
   

For more information visit the [ Student Handbook] and [Program Site]

Severe Disabilities

This program prepares individuals to work with students with severe disabilities from birth through age 5 (early childhood, infants and Toddlers), grades 1 through 8 (elementary) or grades 6 through 12 (secondary/middle). Individuals who want certification in severe disabilities take courses in additon to those taken for ceritification in an age-range. If you are certified in generic special education (early childhood, elementary, and/or secondary/middle), but not in severe disabilities, you can earn your Master’s degree as well as obtain an additional certification in severe disabilities.

Special Education
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
Letters of Reference: 3 Letters
Resume: Optional
Personal Statement: Required
Domestic Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- June 1
International Student Deadline: Fall- March 1; Spring- September 1
Prerequisites: None
Miscellaneous: None
Phone Contact: 301-405-8384
E-mail Contact: cscott18@umd.edu

For more information visit the [ Student Handbook] and [Program Site]

teacher certification only:
Post Baccalaureate Certification (PBC)

The Teaching, Learning, Policy and Leadership department offers a PBC certification option. This option targets MCERT candidates who already have an advanced degree, but do not wish to obtain a second Master’s degree while working towards their teaching certification.  Please note, the PBC option is only offered for candidates seeking secondary certification only and not for those seeking certification in Elementary or TESOL.

For more information contact:

Ms. Jessica Bancroft
Director of Teacher Education, Recruitment and Admissions
University of Maryland
1204 Benjamin Building
College Park, MD 20742
301-405-3848

[Program Site]

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