Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, Master of Arts (M.A.) - Teacher Education and Professional Development Specialization

This program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership with a specialization in Teacher Education and Professional Development. The Teacher Education and Professional Development specialization is designed to prepare students to become scholars in teacher learning and development. Courses examine research on varying approaches to teacher preparation; explore connections among teacher development, student learning, teacher leadership, curriculum, and school improvement; and analyze the broader socio-political context in which teacher education and professional development programs are embedded. Students explore the pedagogies used in different subject areas and in preparing teachers for ELs or special needs students with a particular focus on culturally relevant teaching at different school levels. 

For information on the graduate admissions process please visit https://gradschool.umd.edu/education/edtl.

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 the Coordinator of Graduate Studies by email: tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or phone: (301) 405-3118.

INFORMATION SESSION about our Ph.D. and M.A. programs will be held on October 13, 2023, by zoom. Please email Kay Moon (kmoon@umd.edu) to receive updates.

For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact tlpl-admissions@umd.edu or Dr. Donna Wiseman at dwise@umd.edu.

TLPL advising information, please contact Kay Moon, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, at kmoon@umd.edu.

Financial assistance for graduate study is generally divided into two categories: 

  • Merit-Based Assistance and Need-Based Assistance  
    • Fellowships and Scholarships Loans  
    • Graduate Assistantships 

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 and The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpages.

M.A Requirements applicable to all specializations are here. Note the flexibility; even if certain courses are suggested for your specialization, you can make substitutions with your advisor's approval.

Graduate Education Program Requirements

For questions related to the admissions process, students may contact Kay Moon, TLPL Admissions Coordinator, at kmoon@umd.edu.

For program-specific questions, prospective students may contact Dr. Donna Wiseman at dlwise@umd.edu.

Deadlines vary by degree and program.  Please refer to the Graduate School's application information.


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. 


The Graduate Student Life Handbook provides information on academics, campus resources, finances, health, job opportunities, and information on how to get involved as a graduate student.   


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.