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University of Maryland College Park

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The University of Maryland College of Education offers its Master's Certification (MCERT) program at the Laurel College Center. This post-baccalaureate program is designed to help you obtain your teaching certification in elementary, secondary, or PK-12 education!

Master's Certification Program (MCERT)

Are you ready to take the next step in your education? The MCERT program is a dynamic, 13-month program that offers a path for college graduates to obtain a Master of Education (M.Ed.), as well as achieve eligibility for Maryland state certification to teach in elementary schools. Learn more about the program through the College of Education website.

  • Academic Coursework

    The MCERT is a post-baccalaureate program for students who have completed undergraduate study. In this full-time program, you will earn your Master's in Education (M.Ed.) in 13 months, through a combination of 30 credits of challenging graduate coursework and a full-year, 12-credit residency at a public school.

    View the complete course schedule on the University of Maryland College of Education website.

  • Admissions & Enrollment

    Participants in the program come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, from recent graduates to individuals seeking a career change to individuals who have been out of the workforce and educational environment for many years. For this reason, admission to the program considers three factors: undergraduate GPA, relevant experience with children and/or young adults, and professional potential.

    Ready to apply? Visit the program website for complete admissions information, or simply apply now.

    Sign up for an upcoming information session!

    View complete application details in the Admissions Handbook (PDF).

  • Tuition & Financial Aid Information

    View tuition details in the Admissions Handbook (PDF).

    Prospective students of the University of Maryland are advised to visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. Visit the website for information about FAFSA, scholarships, gainful employment, and financial aid resources.