Higher Education Partnerships Offering Virtual Information Sessions
The Office of Human Resources and Development, in partnership with local colleges and universities, is continuing to recruit employees who want to begin teacher preparation programs, or for current teachers and other employees who want to pursue continuing education opportunities for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested employees should register for available information sessions or email the college and university contacts directly for details.
Teacher Preparation Partnerships
Teacher Preparation Partnerships are pathways available to supporting services employees seeking initial certification to teach in specific content areas. Upcoming virtual information sessions are listed below. RSVP on PDO to receive the meeting link and detailed program information, or send an email to the listed contact.
University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
UMGC and UMBC prepare supporting services employees to become teachers for secondary (Grades 7-12) science, math and computer science. UMBC prepares supporting services employees who already hold bachelor’s degrees to become ESOL teachers. Rolling admission is available. Email Cheri.Temoney@umgc.edu for more information.
UMD CITE participants, who hold bachelor’s degrees, work as paraeducators during the program. CITE prepares participants to become general education teachers in grades 1-6. The next cohort will begin January 2021. The virtual information meetings will be held from 4:30–5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 16 or Thursday, August 13. RSVP on PDO using course #87596. For more information, review the CITE brochure.
Montgomery College (MC) CREATE and ACET Partnerships
MCPS and Montgomery College are offering the Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence (CREATE) and the Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET) programs. Members of the MCPS CREATE Teacher Cohort Program earn the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree, 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. A virtual information meeting will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22. RSVP on PDO using course #89298.
For eligible employees with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree who are seeking teacher certification, MC offers the Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET) program in the following critical need areas:
Secondary: Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Technology Education and English
Middle School: Mathematics and Science
World Languages: French and Spanish (placement in middle and high schools, with Pre K-12 certification)
Continuing Education and Educational Leadership Partnerships
Continuing Education and Educational Leadership partnerships are continuing to recruit and offer virtual information sessions for interested employees who hold initial teacher certification.
The Hood College Educational Leadership partnership is continuing to recruit for the master’s degree pathway only. To be eligible for the partnership for educational leadership, employees should have five or more consecutive years of successful classroom teaching experience and tenure. Cohorts begin fall 2020. Please note: The graduate certificate cohorts are full, but do have wait-lists. The virtual information meeting will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14. RSVP to Dan Shea of Hood College.
McDaniel College offers master’s degree and graduate degree pathways for individuals pursuing educational leadership and administrator certification. To be eligible for the partnership for educational leadership, employees should have five or more consecutive years of successful classroom teaching experience and tenure. Cohorts begin October 2020. The virtual information meeting will be held at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4. Contact admissions at 410-857-2516 or by email.