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 review by employees who are unable to attend scheduled meetings.
Teacher Preparation Partnerships
Teacher preparation partnerships are pathways 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.
Montgomery College (MC) CREATE: Thursday, Oct. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Montgomery College (MC) is offering the Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence—MCPS CREATE Teacher Cohort Program. Members of the cohort earn an Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree (AAT), the first two years of the required four-year degree. MC will assist employees who are new to college or who have some college credits to develop an academic plan that allows students to graduate in three years and seamlessly transfer to partner universities to complete the bachelor’s degree required to become a certified teacher. RSVP on PDO (course #89298).
Montgomery College ACET : Wednesday, Oct. 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- Eligible employees with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and who are seeking teacher certification, MC offers the Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET) program in the high needs areas: secondary math and science, computer science, Technology Education, English, Spanish and French.
- ACET is a non-degree, state approved, accelerated alternative certification program which offers 10-12 weeks of intensive coursework during evenings and weekends, a 5-8 week internship following successful completion of the teaching institute, and a paid teacher residency that is benefits-eligible in MCPS.
- RSVP on PDO using course #87653
Notre Dame of Maryland University: Tuesday, Oct. 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDM) offers certification pathways for individuals who want to earn the degree and certification requirements to teach the following content areas:
- Bachelor’s degree pathway (CAUS) and certification for ESOL or special education
- Graduate-Level Pathway (ACT): A non-degree, graduate-level, state-approved teacher education program leading to initial certification in ESOL, special education, math, computer science or Spanish
RSVP on PDO (course #87613).
How to Become a Teacher in MCPS: Thursday, Oct. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Have you considered pursuing a career in teaching in MCPS? Are you interested in earning the requirements that will lead to teaching certification? If so, join us for the workshop: How to Become a Teacher in MCPS.
Participants will hear about the commitment MCPS has for supporting services employees who want to become teachers; examine the Maryland State Department of Education certification process; explore the various degree pathways for teacher certification, and learn about the specific MCPS offices and departments that collaborate for employees pursuing careers in teaching.
RSVP on PDO (course #87524).
Continuing Education Partnerships
Continuing education and educational leadership partnerships continue recruitment and offer information sessions for interested employees who hold initial teacher certification.
Towson University Master of Science in Instructional Technology with a Concentration in School Library Media: Tuesday, Oct. 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Towson University offers a Master of Science Program in Instructional Technology with a concentration in School Library Media. This four-year, 36-credit partnership program will result in Maryland certification as a school librarian. Reduced tuition rates and direct billing are available to eligible employees. To be eligible, employees must hold bachelor’s degrees. Individuals who do not hold current certification will need to take prerequisite courses for the degree program. The cohort program begins spring 2022. Priority deadline: Monday, Nov. 8
RSVP on PDO (course #88158).
Ongoing Recruitment—UMBC Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (PBC in TESOL)
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) will offer a four-graduate course post baccalaureate certificate (PBC) in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Program flyer is here. This certificate program is designed primarily for elementary, middle and high school teachers who hold initial certification in a content area other than ESOL and who teach or will teach English Language Learners. Successful completion of the PBC will prepare candidates for the ESOL PRAXIS for the add-on certification endorsement. Contact Mary Tabaa of UMBC for more information.
Educational Leadership Partnerships
Graduate certificate, master’s degree and doctoral degree partnership opportunities are coming in November.