Announcement: Preparing to become an elementary school teacher is now faster and more affordable at UMD

The newly revised Master's Certification (MCERT) elementary program now enables a student to earn a master's degree and become a teacher in less than a year for a fraction of the cost in the past. From hybrid class offerings to enhanced school partnerships, the MCERT program will meet your needs, while preparing you to excel in 21st Century classrooms. Apply now! Seats are limited.

Do you want to teach? Looking for a Master's Degree? 

In one year you can become certified in:

  • Art PreK-12 
  • Computer Science 7-12
  • Dance PreK-12
  • Elementary 1-6
  • English 7-12
  • Math 7-12
  • Middle School Math or Science 4-9
  • Physical Education PreK-12
  • Sciences 7-12
  • Social Studies 7-12 
  • TESOL PreK-12
  • World Language PreK-12

... And you will earn your Master’s in Education. Take advantage of the University of Maryland, College of Education’s Masters Certification (MCERT) program and expand your potential!

  • One year intensive program
  • Funding available in high needs areas
  • Teaching placements in Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Montgomery County, and Prince George’s County
  • Full year teaching internship
  • Coursework and field experiences
  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3.0 GPA
  • Basic Skills Test:  SAT, GRE, ACT, or Praxis CORE
  • Experience with children or young adults
  • Strong background in certification area content


Step 1: Download the MCERT Handbook 

Step 2: Contact program with questions or attend an information session

Step 3: Complete online application at

Applications must be complete on the dates listed: 

  • November 1 (priority deadline for all applicants)
  • December 4 (final deadline for International Student applications)
  • March 5, prior to June of planned year of entry (final deadline for all other applications)

    For Admissions and Transcript Review:

    Office of Student Services

    1204 Benjamin Building

    University of Maryland

    College Park, MD 20742

    (301) 405-2364

    For Admissions and General Program Information:

    Kay Moon, Program Coordinator


    phone: 301.405.4448

    Attend an MCERT Information Session to learn how to pursue your passion! 

    Tuesday, August 7th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at 0220 Benjamin
    Thursday, August 23rd, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at 0220 Benjamin

    Wednesday, September 12th, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 1313 Tawes
    Wednesday, September 26th, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 1313 Tawes

    Tuesday, October 9th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at 3203 Art Sociology
    Thursday, October 25th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at 1313 Tawes

    Tuesday, November 6th, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at 3203 Art Sociology
    Wednesday, November 14th, at 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 1313 Tawes

    Wednesday, December 5th, 5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at 1313 Tawes