Interested in a Master’s Degree?
The University of Maryland is now offering three graduate programs that may be of interest to MCPS educators: a master’s of education in human development; a post-baccalaureate certificate in achievement motivation and adolescent self and social processes (AMASSP); and a post-baccalaureate certificate in adolescent cognitive development and motivation to read (ACDMR). New cohorts begin in the fall. Most courses are held at the Universities of Shady Grove campus in Rockville.
The Master of Education in Human Development program is a 30-credit, five-semester program focusing on the translation of theory and research on achievement motivation and adolescent social, cognitive, physical and emotional development as those processes influence school performance and adjustment.
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Achievement Motivation & Adolescent Self and Social Processes (AMASSP) is a 15-credit program that provides teachers with an understanding of motivational, self and social aspects of development during adolescence. Courses help teachers understand better how different teaching practices can facilitate adolescents’ motivation to learn, as well as the quality of their social relations in and out of the classroom.
The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Adolescent Cognitive Development and Motivation to Read (ACDMR) is a 15-credit program that provides teachers with an understanding of current research-based information about developmental changes in adolescents’ ways of thinking, in their motivation for school in general, and for reading in particular. A unique feature of this program is the focus on both cognitive and motivational factors affecting reading comprehension.
Interest meetings on the three programs will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove, 9630 Gudelsky Dr. in Rockville from 4:15–5:30 p.m. in Building III, Rm. 4203 on the following dates: Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 10, April 14, May 12 and June 2 (Room # TBA). More information is available here and here.
To attend, sign up on PDO (course # 85516).
For more information, contact Ann Battle, program director at the University of Maryland, at 301-405-8714; Eileen Kramer, graduate coordinator of HDQM at the University of Maryland at 301-405-8432; and Brenda K. Delany, instructional specialist, Higher Education Partnerships at MCPS, at 301-315-7384.
Towson University Offering Master’s Degree in Special Education
Towson University in partnership with MCPS, offers candidates who are certified in an area other than Special Education, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in Special Education with initial certification. The three-year part-time program offers evening courses taught at the Universities at Shady Grove. Candidates will not have to take leave in order to complete the internship in their third year.
Interest meetings will be held at the Universities at Shady Grove Building III – Kendall Academic Center, Room 5156, 9636 Gudelsky Dr. in Rockville from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:
- Wednesday, Jan. 21
- Thursday, Feb. 26
- Tuesday, March 24
- Wednesday, April 22
- Thursday, May 21
Register on PDO to attend one of the interest meetings (Course # 85487).
For additional information, contact Kandace Wernsing.
ASBO Membership Open to School Business Officials
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) — Maryland and D.C. is a professional association that provides valuable professional development opportunities to school business officials in many areas, including finance and administration, purchasing, human resources, information technology, facilities and construction, pupil transportation, food and nutrition services, and safety and risk management.
ASBO members receive discounts to the group’s two annual conferences, workshops, discussion forums, and the Foundations of School Business Management courses (which lead to professional certification). Members also receive a daily summary of national education news, the bi-annual ASBO Matters magazine and bimonthly ASBO Connects newsletter, and a membership directory.
For this school year, MCPS staff can join for $40. For those interested, visit the ASBO website, complete the online application and click submit. Don’t forget to indicate your areas of interest.