Master's Certification Program in Elementary, Secondary, and PK-12 Education Subjects

This 13-month intensive program leads to a Master's in Education degree (M.Ed.) and certification eligibility in Maryland, and is designed for those who hold a Bachelor's degree and want to become a general elementary or secondary teacher.


The MCERT program leads to Maryland teacher certification in Elementary Education (1-6); Art (PK-12); Physical Education (PK-12); TESOL (PK-12); World Languages including Spanish, Chines, French, Italian, and German (PK-12); Middle School Math and Science (4-9); Secondary Mathematics (7-12); Secondary Science including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics (7-12); Secondary English (7-12); and Secondary Social Studies (7-12).


The program begins in early June and concludes at the end of the following June. Students complete graduate coursework, which includes content-pedagogy classes, diversity and reading courses, a year-long action research seminar, and a final capstone course. Courses during the summer are scheduled Monday through Thursday during the day. MCERT coursework during the school year is scheduled in the evening and on 6-7 Saturdays in the fall and spring (Secondary only) to align with the internship. As an outreach program, classes are scheduled off-campus at such locations as: the Universities at Shady Grove, Laurel College Center, or our partner school sites.


All MCERT students participate in a full-time, year-long teaching internship and are placed in schools across our four partner districts, which include: Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties. All MCERT interns are supported by a school-site mentor as well a university supervisor. Interns meet on a bi-weekly basis in their content-cohort groups led by their PDS coordinator in order to examine the challenges they face in their classrooms.


  • Transcripts of a bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of goals
  • Passing scores of Praxis I and Praxis II content tests
  • Evidence of content-area prerequisites as required by MSDE


  • Priority deadline: November 1
  • Final deadline: March 1

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To learn more about the MCERT Program, please visit

For more information, contact:

Ebony Terrell Shockley
Program Director




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