The Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) is a collaborative graduate program between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the Maryland State Department of Education.  Successful completion results in a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree and eligibility for a Maryland teaching certificate in grades 1 through 6.  

CITE is a two-year program consisting of four semesters and one summer.  Interns are employed as part-time paraeducators in a MCPS elementary school where they also complete an unpaid internship.  Courses are provided through evening graduate classes at the Universities at Shady Grove facility.  Successful completion of the program must occur within the specified two years.  CITE is designed as a cohort program that allows members to be part of a diverse collaborative team who rely on one another for support and professional development, like a highly functioning grade level team in an elementary school. 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

As with all teacher preparation programs at UMCP, CITE prepares reflective practitioners for a pluralistic society through research-based inquiry. Interns preparing to be teachers in the CITE program learn to be reflective, develop a broad repertoire of teaching skills, establish cultural proficiency applications to the classroom, and base their teaching practice on sound theory and research.  The structure of the program is built upon six knowledge areas: curriculum, learners, subject matter, pedagogy, social context, and educational goals and assessment. Within these areas, CITE weaves the following principles:

  • Multicultural Philosophy and Education
  • Higher Level Thinking Skills
  • Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Interpretation
  • Reflection
  • High Leverage Teaching Practices
  • Team Building and Rapport with Others

KEY PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • Inclusion of paraeducators, support staff, and other professionals interested in classroom teaching.
  • Opportunities for professional growth in a multicultural community
  • Instruction provided by faculty from MCPS and UMCP 
  • Collaborative support from a master teacher, school-based administration, and UMCP faculty
  • Participation in a cohort experience with other CITE participants
  • Experiences in teaching with Montgomery County Public Schools

CITE interns have acquired bachelor’s degrees in a variety of backgrounds and participated in a myriad of professional experiences.  They are employed by, or plan to seek employment with Montgomery County Public Schools in a supporting services role.  Formal teaching background is not required, however, it is expected that interns will have experiences working directly with children  Applications and screening are completed by a team of staff members from both MCPS and UMCP.

UMD Graduate School General Requirements

  • A detailed statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate studies 
  • An official graduate school application to the University of Maryland at College Park
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with a  3.0 GPA

UMD CITE Program Requirements

  • Three professional recommendations including one from current principal/supervisor.
  • CV/Resume outlining experiences working with children
  • Qualifying scores in one of the following as part of Maryland state requirements for inclusion in a teacher preparation program:  Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessment, SAT, ACT, or GRE.
  • Demonstrated completion of math courses for credit that include Number Systems/ Algebra, Geometry, and Probability/Statistics.

UMD/MCPS Requirements for Selected Applicants

  • Completion of an interview by a team from MCPS and UMCP

Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email at tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or by phone at (301) 405-3118.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Graduate Studies Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or tlpl-admissions@umd.edu.

For academic advising on the M.Ed. program in Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE), please contact Carolina Napp Avelli, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland, email address: cnapp@umd.edu.

For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. 

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: 

The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage

 

The following tentative class schedule is a working model of the 37-credit graduate level coursework interns study during the two year program. There may be substitutions or changes.

(Prerequisites: Math 212, 213, 214 or the equivalent; passing score on Praxis I exam).

Fall

Credits Course # Course Title
3 TLPL 642 Process and Acquisition of Reading
3 TLPL 694 Models of Teaching:  Theories and Applications
1 TLPL 688 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction:  ProSeminar

 Spring

Credits Course # Course Title
3 TLPL 460 Materials and Instruction for Creating Skilled and Motivated Readers, Part I
3 TLPL 461 Materials and Instruction for Creating Skilled and Motivated Readers, Part II
1 TLPL 688 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction:  ProSeminar

Summer

Credits Course # Course Title
3 TLPL 625 Teaching Science in Elementary Schools
3 TLPL 685 Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools
3 TLPL 647 Diagnostic Reading Assessment and Instruction

Fall

Credits Course # Course Title
3 TLPL 607 Teaching and Learning Mathematics in the Elementary School
2 TLPL 698 Conducting Research on Teaching
1 TLPL 688 Special Topics in Curriculum and Instruction:  ProSeminar

Spring

Credits Course # Course Title
1 TLPL 698 Conducting Research on Teaching
3 TLPL 404 Learning and Teaching Science
4 TLPL 689 Teaching Internship

For further information, please contact:

University of Maryland

Theresa Nebel Robinson

Director, Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE)
Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership
College of Education, University of Maryland College Park
tnebrob1@umd.edu 
301-452-6547

Carolina Napp-Avelli, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor and CITE Liaison
Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership
College of Education, University of Maryland College Park
cnapp@umd.edu 
301-405-7410

Montgomery County Public Schools 

Sydney Pinkard

Instructional Specialist, University Partnerships
Office of Human Resources and Development
Montgomery County Public Schools
sydney_k_pinkard@mcpsmd.org
301-315-7390 

Angie Fish

Coordinator, University Partnerships
Office of Human Resources and Development
Montgomery County Public Schools
angie_l_fish@mcpsmd.org 
301-315-7390

December 1, 2017:  priority deadline for all applicants

March 1, 2018:  final deadline for all applications

Please visit the TLPL Admissions Deadlines page for more information.

Theresa Nebel Robinson

Director, Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE)
Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership
College of Education, University of Maryland College Park
tnebrob1@umd.edu 
301-452-6547

Carolina Napp-Avelli, PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor and CITE Liaison
Teaching and Learning, Policy, and Leadership
College of Education, University of Maryland College Park
cnapp@umd.edu 
301-405-7410

POLICY

Graduate students in the College of Education are responsible for meeting University and the Graduate School policy, and for meeting Program requirements. The Graduate Catalog is the official listing of Policies governing graduate education at the University of Maryland. The schedule adjustment policy is available from the Office of the Registrar and provides information on adding and dropping courses, penalties, and refund schedules.

HANDBOOKS

The Handbook for Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) provides information on program goals, teaching requirements, coursework, and roles and responsibilities of interns.

FORMS

Graduate students are required to submit various forms at specific points in the program and as part of the degree clearance process. Please refer to Steps Toward Graduation to determine the steps and forms that are required. To access forms used by graduate students visit the Graduate Studies Forms page in Student Services.