The Master’s Certification Program (MCERT) is a graduate-level teacher preparation program that leads to elementary, middle school, secondary or preK-12 teacher certification and a Master of Education (M.Ed.). Content area specializations include Art, Dance, Elementary Education, English, Mathematics, Middle School Math and Science, Physical Education, Secondary Sciences (Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth/Space Science, Physics), Social Studies, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and World Languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish).  


Graduate-Level Degree Program 

The Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership (TLPL) at the University of Maryland College of Education is ranked 12th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The MCERT courses are taught by high-caliber faculty and school practitioners, and provide in-depth opportunities to connect content and pedagogy. All MCERT students participate in a year-long inquiry project (in lieu of a thesis) which culminates in the writing of a graduate seminar paper. In addition, all MCERT interns produce a teaching portfolio (in lieu of master’s comprehensive examinations) which is presented at the end of the program. 

Intensive Mentored Internships 

Throughout the entire internship year MCERT interns are placed in PreK-12 classrooms with experienced certified teachers who will serve as the intern’s mentor. The Internships serve as “learning laboratories” where interns can practice the ideas and concepts they are studying in their professional teaching courses and learn the essentials of classroom management, instructional planning, responsive teaching, and the ongoing assessment of student learning. In addition, all graduate interns receive support during the school year from a university- based supervisor, and a subject-based coordinator who are experienced educators in the area of the intern’s certification field. 

Personalized and Supportive Learning 

Teacher candidates are organized into content area cohort groups. These groups work closely with faculty and site coordinators, take classes together, and provide an ongoing peer-support network for interactive learning and support through a bi-monthly internship seminar. 

School Partnerships 

MCERT was created in 1985 and has grown over the last thirty years to encompass partnerships with four neighboring school districts: Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard and Anne Arundel counties. School and university faculty join together in developing the program curriculum, supervising internships, teaching courses, and advising students. MCERT interns study in PDS (Professional Development School) sites across these three districts. We currently have over 25 school partner sites in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. 

Professional Accreditation 

The College Education is fully accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and our programs are approved by the State of Maryland. MCERT provides all necessary requirements for Maryland State Certification, combining coursework with internship (student teaching). Internships are in partner schools in Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties. Upon successful completion of the program, interns are recommended to the Maryland State Department of Education for licensure. Maryland has reciprocity with other states and US territories. 


The University of Maryland’s reputation and location near Washington, D.C. provides students with a wealth of opportunities to work in diverse school districts, collaborate with educational association, and engage in important, practical research. 

Conceptual Framework 

The College of Education requires that all graduates demonstrate these four core proficiencies: 

  1. Candidates demonstrate competency in their knowledge of subject matter, curriculum, pedagogy, and content knowledge.

  2. Candidates demonstrate understanding of learners and their social and cultural contexts with a global perspective and intentional sensitivity to other cultures. 

  3. Candidates practice evidence-based decision-making through the use of assessment as well as the critical interpretation of research and inquiry in order to improve educational practice. 

  4. Candidates competently integrate technology in instruction to support student learning and develop data-driven solutions for instructional and school improvement. 

These proficiencies ensure that our graduates will be ready to embrace their responsibilities for advancing the learning and development of their PK-16 students, advocating for students in the school districts and classrooms where they work, and leading others towards the same goals. 

Bachelor’s Degree with 3.0 GPA 

Applicants who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement but are in the range of 2.8-2.99 or have successfully completed a graduate degree are still encouraged to apply. Applicants are evaluated based on a combination of grades, professional experiences and outlook on teaching.  

Basic Skills Test 

All applicants must take one of the following exams and meet the required Maryland Department of Education (MSDE) cut-off scores. If taking the Praxis Core exam you must pass each of the three individual sections. We will not grant conditional or provisional admissions for applicants pending successful completion of the required Basic Skills Test. An applicant must pass all three sections to be offered admission to MCERT.  

Praxis Core  

Test Code 

MD Score 

Reading (sr - 85 min.) and 



Writing (sr & cr - 100 min.) and 



Mathematics (sr - 85 min.)  



Praxis I: PPST/CPPST Prior to September 1, 2014 



SAT (prior to April,1995) (math and verbal) 


SAT (after April, 1995) (math and verbal or math and critical reading) 


GRE  (prior to September 1, 2011) (math and verbal) 


GRE (taken as of September 1, 2011) (math and verbal) 




Experience with Children and/or Young Adults 

It is critical that applicants have some experience working with children in the appropriate age group as evidence that they are prepared to make an informed commitment to the teaching profession. Appropriate activities can include coaching, mentoring, tutoring, volunteering or substitute teaching in a local school, or other relevant experiences. 

Strong Background in Certification Area Content 

Applicants must have completed the required academic content for the intended certification area. However, the completion of the requirements can still be in progress at the time of the application. (See Course Prerequisites in Handbook under "Policies, Handbooks, and Forms" below.) 

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.

The MCERT Program is housed in the Education Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI). Please make certain to select the correct program and term for which you are applying. This will ensure your application is reviewed by the appropriate program admission review committee. 

  • Application Term:
    • Summer I (MCERT ONLY beings in the summer) 
    • Fall term (IMCP ONLY begins in fall). 
  • Program of Study: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) 
  • Degree: M.Ed./Cert 
  • Area of Interest 1:
    • Select Maryland Master’s Certification program (MCERT) 
    • or Integrated Masters Certification Program (Off-Campus/1yr) (IMCP)  
  • Area of Interest 2:
    • Choose the content area you would like to teach (ex: Elementary or Math or English, etc.). (NOTE: This must be selected as this determines who reviews your application. If not selected, the processing of your application may be delayed.) 

For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application please contact Kay Moon, Program Coordinator, MCERT & Outreach, by email at or by phone at (301) 405-4448.

For admissions and transcript review: 

Office of Student Services 
1204 Benjamin Building 
Tel: (301) 405-2364 

For admissions and general MCERT program information: 

Kay Moon 
Program Coordinator, MCERT & Outreach
2311 Benjamin Building 
Tel: (301) 405-4448 

The priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 15. For detailed information, see For questions regarding Financial Aid, please contact the UMD Financial Aid Office online at, or by phone at 301-314-900. 

Scholarships and Grants 

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships 

KSTF Teaching Fellowships are awarded to young men and women who have received a bachelor's or advanced degree in science, engineering or mathematics and are committed to teaching high school science and/or mathematics in U.S. schools. The fellowship supports recipients professionally and financially through a teacher preparation program. 

  • Fellowship provides the following: tuition assistance, monthly stipend, instructional support, school-site mentor, room, board and travel expenses for summer professional development and fellows’ meetings, membership in a professional organization. 

  • Fellowships are renewable for 5 years 

  • For more information see: 

TEACH Grants 

Through the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007, Congress created the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program that provides grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. 

  • Expected availability for math, science, foreign language, bilingual education and other high need areas. 

  • Provided through the Department of Education 

  • Must have at least a 3.25 GPA 

  • Graduate student scholarships available for up to $8000 

  • Must teach in a high-need school in a high-need field for a minimum of 4 years within eight years after finishing the program 

  • For more information and to apply see  

Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: 

After you have been employed as a full-time teacher for five consecutive, complete academic years at a school that is considered "low-income" according to certain criteria for funding under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, you may be eligible for teacher loan forgiveness. 

  • You must not have had an outstanding balance on a Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) or Federal Direct Loan Program (FDLP) loan as of October 1, 1998, or on the date you obtained a FFELP or FDLP loan after October 1, 1998. 

  • The loan for which you are seeking forgiveness must have been made before the end of the fifth year of your qualifying teaching service. 

  • You may not receive more than a total of $5,000 ($17,500 for certain highly qualified secondary math and science teachers, and elementary and secondary special education teachers) in loan forgiveness for outstanding principal and accrued interest for the same teaching service under both the FFELP and the FDLP. 

  • For more information see: 

US Department of Education 
  • Transition to Teaching Program: provides five-year grants to state and local educational agencies, or for-profit organizations, non- profit organizations, or institutions of higher education collaborating with state or local educational agencies 
  • Perkins Loans provide low-interest loans to help needy students finance the costs of postsecondary education. Borrowers who undertake certain public, military, or teaching service employment are eligible to have all or part of their loans canceled. 
  • Grants do not have to be repaid. Click the link below to learn more about grant programs available for eligible students pursuing a postsecondary education. 
COE Scholarships 

The College of Education offers $1,000 scholarship awards to deserving students. Criteria, details, and applications are available online at The College of Education Financial Aid & Scholarship webpage.

For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit:

The University's Scholarships webpage, and 

The Graduate School Student Fellowships & Awards webpage




Ebony Terrell Shockley 

Program Director 

Kay Moon 

Program Coordinator, (301) 405-4448 

PDS Coordinators

Susan Hendricks 

Art Coordinator 

Dan Levin

Computer Science Coordinator

Crystal Davis


Dance Coordinator

Karen Rehder 

Elementary Coordinator

Peggy Wilson

Secondary English Coordinator

Angela Stoltz


Secondary Mathematics Coordinator

Stacy Pritchett

Middle School Coordinator

Cara Grant Physical Education Coordinator
Tranae Johnson Secondary Sciences Coordinator
Catherine McCall Secondary Social Studies Coordinator

Drew Fagan

TESOL Coordinator 

Perla Blejer 

World Language Coordinator 


Donna North 

LiveText Assessment Office 

Student Services 

Scheduling, Registration, and Graduation Clearance 

Venesha Bridges 

Financial Aid, (301) 314-1338