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University of Maryland at College Park

The College of Education at the University of Maryland is committed to excellence in research, leadership development, teaching, and service that influences policy and practice related to education, assessment, counseling, and human development in Maryland, nationally, and internationally. To fulfill this mission, the College of Education Departments provide research- and practice-oriented educational programs and prepare students to be educators, counselors, psychologists, administrators, researchers, and educational specialists.  

The MCERT program is one of the initial teacher certification programs offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the College of Education, guided by national and state teaching and curriculum standards and emphasizing a commitment to reflection and social justice in education.

Master’s Certification in Elementary and Secondary Education (MCERT)

The Master’s Certification Program (MCERT) is a graduate-level teacher preparation program that leads to elementary or secondary teacher certification and a Master of Education (M.Ed.).

Content area specializations include: Art, Elementary Education, English, Foreign Language (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish), Mathematics, Science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics), Social Studies, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

This 13-month, 42-credit program is an intensive, full-time experience that integrates both theory and practice in a school-based program. Interns will be engaged in learning and teaching activities at a school site during the weekdays. In addition, interns will attend pedagogy and education courses several nights a week. The demands of this compact, intensive experience preclude MCERT interns from employment or graduate assistantships during the internship year. The MCERT program is offered only on an intensive full-time basis; there is no part-time option, and we do not offer a distance learning program. The program begins in June and ends by the following August.

Program Overview

For Elementary Education Program:
For Secondary Education Program:

Schedule of Classes

The schedule of classes is available to view at

Admissions and Registration

On-line Application:

The University of Maryland strongly encourages all eligible applicants to apply on-line at However, if for some reason you cannot complete the Online
Application, you may also download an Adobe PDF document version of the application booklet.

Admission Deadlines:

Priority Deadline: December 1st 
Final Deadline: March 1st 
For international students: September prior to the planned year of entry

Application Requirements:

  • Minimum of 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Praxis I & II with and above passing scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts
  • Interview

For complete information on the MCERT admission process, please visit the following websites:

Elementary Education Program:
Secondary Education Program:

Tuition and Fees

The information of tuition and fees is available to view at

The graduate, full-time, and in-state rate is applied to MCERT students.

For financial aid, please visit

The priority deadline for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is February 15 of each year.


For admissions, advising and transcript review:

Jessica Bancroft
Director of Advising and Admissions
1207 Benjamin Building
Tel: (301) 405-3120

For general MCERT program information:

Jeannette Getzin
MCERT Program Specialist
2304B Benjamin Building
Tel: (301) 405-4448

For application and admission process:

Joy Jones
Coordinator of EDCI Graduate Admissions and Student Services
2311 Benjamin Building
Tel: (301) 405-3118

For all other inquiries and for other Teacher Education Programs offered by the College of Education, University of Maryland, College Park:

Yomi Olobatuyi
Business Services Specialist
Professional Development Outreach Programs
Office of the Dean
0210 Benjamin Building
Tel: (301) 405-0902