Higher Education Partnerships Offering Virtual Information Sessions
The Office of Human Resources and Development, in partnership with local colleges and universities, will host several virtual information sessions for employees who want to begin teacher preparation programs or for current teachers and other employees who want to pursue continuing education opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year. Interested employees should register for the information sessions on Professional Development Online (PDO). Information sessions will be recorded for employees who are unable to attend scheduled meetings.
Teacher Preparation Partnerships
Teacher preparation partnerships are available to supporting services employees seeking initial certification to teach in specific content areas. Upcoming information sessions are listed below. RSVP on PDO to receive the meeting link and detailed program information. Meeting links are sent via email to registered participants on the day of the information sessions.
Towson University Master of Teaching (MAT) in Special Education: Thursday, Nov. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Towson University MAT in Special Education is for employees seeking an initial teacher certification in special education. Typically, students enroll in one of three tracks:
- Special Education—Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3)
- Special Education—Elementary/Middle Education (Grades 1-8)
- Special Education—Secondary Education (Grades 9-12)
The MAT in Special Education is a cohort program that follows a specific course sequence and timeframe for completion. A new cohort will begin in the fall of 2022. RSVP on PDO (course #90585)
Continuing Education and Educational Leadership Partnerships
Continuing education and educational leadership partnerships continue recruitment and offer information sessions for interested employees who hold initial teacher certification.
Hood College for Educational Leadership, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 5-6 p.m.
The Educational Leadership Program is recruiting for the 36-credit Master of Science in Educational Leadership. The 18-credit Certification Preparation program is full with a waitlist.
To be eligible for the partnership, employees should have five or more consecutive years of successful classroom teaching experience and tenured. The program has several advantages:
- Students begin and end the program as a learning community
- Courses are taken at county locations and are taught by current and former MCPS administrators
- Accelerated format allows students to finish the master’s degree program in three years
- Students are prepared for Admin I and II certification
- Students have a 99 percent passage rate on the SLLA (based on recently reported data)
- Discounted tuition rates
A list of partnerships is available for review on the MCPS Higher Education Partnership website.