Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Education (M.Ed.) - Teacher Leadership Emphasis (non-teacher education certification): STEM Specialization: Program Admissions

Earn an MEd in Teacher Leadership: Special Studies in STEM Education

University of Maryland College Park MEd in Teacher Leadership: Special Studies in STEM Education with an add-on certification endorsement from the state of Maryland as a STEM Instructional Leader

The Center for Science and Technology in Education is covering the UMD graduate school application fee for the new cohort!

Also, we are offering a $1,000 fellowship for all teachers who enroll for fall 2024 and successfully complete the fall semester!

The MEd in Teacher Leadership: Special Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is a rigorous, content-focused program that allows in-service elementary and middle school teachers to explore relationships among science, engineering, and mathematics through a transdisciplinary approach to integrated STEM. Teachers in the program use cutting edge technology and innovative tools to build a Professional Learning Network as they develop philosophies regarding issues of authenticity, equity, and achievement in STEM.

Our curriculum is meticulously crafted to align with the MSDE STEM Standards of Practice, the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Curriculum, and the National Board Professional Teaching Standards, ensuring that participants receive a comprehensive and contemporary education that is directly applicable to their practice while also building their professional networks. All teachers who complete the program will receive an add-on endorsement from MSDE as a STEM Instructional Leader (COMAR 13a.12.02.29).

Key highlights of our program include:

  • Interdisciplinary STEM Education: Experience an integrated approach to STEM pedagogy, where learning transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries and is anchored in real-world applications.  The program explores innovations in mathematical problem-solving, computer science, climate science, engineering, design-based learning, integrated technology, and more! 
  • Teacher Leadership: Elevate student's role beyond the classroom by leading professional development initiatives and influencing STEM education within their community, driving positive change and enhancing student learning opportunities.
  • Equity, Access, and Anti-bias Education: Join us in our commitment to providing equitable learning experiences for every student, incorporating anti-bias education and social justice standards to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment.
  • Research & Inquiry: Collaborate with our esteemed faculty in exploring relevant research and engaging in action research projects, contributing to the field of STEM education and your professional growth.

We will be hosting an in-person information session and reception for the M.Ed. Program at the Universities at Shady Grove.

When: April 16, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: The Universities at Shady Grove • BSE Education Building IV
9630 Gudelsky Dr, Rockville, MD 20850

Here’s a glimpse of what to expect:

Insightful Discussions: Engage in meaningful dialogues with leading experts who are at the forefront of STEM education. Delve into the latest trends, challenges, and breakthroughs that are shaping the future.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow educators, program alumni, and industry professionals who share your enthusiasm and commitment to making a difference in the STEM field.

Program Insights: Get an exclusive look into our Graduate STEM Educational Leadership Program, including curriculum highlights, success stories, and how it can empower your career and educational goals.

This event is more than just an informational session; it's a platform for collaboration, inspiration, and action. Whether you're a seasoned educator, a recent graduate, or somewhere in between, your voice and vision are critical to driving positive change in STEM education.

RSVP Today: Secure your spot at this pivotal event and be part of the journey to transform STEM education for the better. Please RSVP by Friday, April 12th to ensure your place.

We are on the cusp of a new era in STEM education, and your participation is key to its success. Join us on April 16 at The Universities at Shady Grove and be a part of shaping a brighter, more inclusive future for STEM education.

This convenient master’s program enables teachers to earn a degree while maintaining teaching commitments and leads to a state add-on endorsement in “Instructional Leader:  STEM (PreK-6)”.

Classes meet once per week after school hours. The courses are a hybrid of synchronous in-person and online sessions. All in-person sessions will be held at The Universities at Shady Grove. 

Application Deadlines: For priority consideration, apply by May 20th. However, applications are rolling until the cohort is filled.

The creation of the program was made possible through a grant from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). Over the course of two years, a group of UMD faculty fellows from the departments of Engineering, Mathematics, Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics, Entomology, and Physics, along with the College of Education, the College of Information Studies, and the Center for Teaching Excellence, came together to develop course experiences for in-service elementary and middle school teachers. Each course in the program has been designed to reflect the MSDE STEM Standards of Practice, as well as the core ideas and practices of the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Curriculum. 

Questions? Reach out to program coordinator, Amy Green: 



To begin the admission application process for the Science Technology /Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Montgomery County (MCSTE) program, please follow the instructions below.  Applications are rolling until the cohort is filled.

STEM Graduate Application Process

Click on the University of Maryland Graduate Online Application link: Click on “Create Account” tab, complete the form, create a user name and password and submit.

  • Click on ”Access Your Online Application” page and complete the following sections:
    • Demographics and Contact Information
    • Educational Intent Section: (Enter the following information)
      • Applicant Type: Degree
      • Level of Study: Masters
      • Intended Program of Study: Curriculum and Instruction
      • Term of Entrance:  Fall 2024
      • College/School:  College of Education (will be pre-populated)
      • Area of Interest 1: Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics (Montgomery County/Off-Campus)(MCSTE)
      • Area of Interest 2:  Not Applicable/Off-Campus
    • Previous Education Section: Enter names of the institutions of higher education at which you have received 9 credits or more and upload unofficial transcripts with degree conferred, if applicable (required) (see notes below) 
    • Personal Information and Maryland Residency Information
    • Program Upload Requirement Section: upload your Personal statement and resume
    • Recommendations: Enter the 3 recommender names and email addresses (required)
    • Pay $75 non-refundable application fee

Please make sure you upload all of the required documentation.

Note regarding Transcripts:  Scanned copy of transcripts must be uploaded into your application file with degree conferred.  Official transcripts are required by the Graduate School by the end of the first term of enrollment if accepted into the program and the University.  Applicants must have official, sealed undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended (with 9 credits or more) sent to the Graduate School at: 

University of Maryland College Park

Enrollment Services Operation – 

Attn: Graduate Admissions

Room 0130 Mitchell Building

College Park, MD 20742

Electronic Transcripts: Attn: Heather Kissinger

Information for International Applicants  

All applicants who have earned their Baccalaureate (4-year degree) from an international institution must ALSO meet ISSS admission requirements. It is recommended that applicants plan for additional time needed for IES processing.  Visit the Graduate School International admission pages:

International student admissions and International students scholar services

Required Materials:

  • An official copy of original degree conferred transcripts in original language with a literal English translation and a copy of the final diploma.
  • All English translations should be completed by an ISSS approved service (for transcript and diploma/certificate) are required.
  • TOEFL or IELTS or Pearson’s (PTE) is required if you have international credentials whose native language is not English and who does not hold a degree from an institution in the US. United Kingdom, Anglophone Africa, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and the Commonwealth Caribbean.
  • Applicants on a Visa must submit a copy of Visa documentation

The International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) at the University of Maryland assists international students in the process of applying to the university, and once admitted.  ISSS may contact applicants by email, please ensure email addresses listed on the application is accurate.  

If you have any questions regarding the application or process please contact Kay Moon, or  

How to Apply Document


Students are responsible for payment of tuition to UM at the standard UM rates in effect during the semester in which classes are taken. The outreach off-campus tuition is about the rate of the in-state campus' tuition. Students are responsible for payment of fees instituted by The Universities at Shady Grove and the home campus technology fee. University of Maryland Tuition and Fees.



$1,000 in scholarship credit is available for all teachers who enroll for fall 2022.

(next deadline May 31, 2021)



Contacts: For more information, contact Amy Green at