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Undergraduate or Graduate (MAT) Teacher Certification Program General information/ Academic Advising:

Dr. Vickie Williams
Director of Student Services
Phone: (410) 455-2327
Cheryl Blackwell Johnson
Program Management Specialist
Phone: (410) 455-3388


Program Specific Information / Advising:

Early Childhood Education

Dr. Michele Stites
Early Childhood Education (ECE) Program Director

Elementary Education

Dr. Michele Stites
Elementary Program Director

Secondary Education

Dr. Cheryl North
Secondary Program Director or


Dr. Francis Hult
TESOL Program Director or 

MAE: Master of Arts in Education & STEM MAE

MAE Program Director


Academic Advising

All students seeking teacher certification will have an education adviser along with their major adviser. Completing the teacher education certification sequence of courses requires a thoughtful sequencing of the student’s coursework and other academic requirements; therefore, early and continuing advising is necessary. Prospective undergraduate teacher candidates should seek advisement early in the freshman year so that they can begin taking courses that meet both general education requirements and requirements of teacher certification. For students who decide to teach in the sophomore or junior year, a program can be developed to meet their circumstances. Transfer students should arrange for advising immediately at the time of transfer by contacting an adviser in the Department of Education. They also should arrange for advisement in their major program. All teacher candidates meet with an adviser each semester to review their progress and to receive permission to take subsequent courses. Advisers are always available for additional guidance when teacher candidates have questions or concerns. Graduate students should also meet with their advisors to plan for their coursework and internship experiences.


Admission Requirements

Admission to the Department of Education programs for P-12 certification requires teacher candidates to pass the Praxis I exam (composite score of 527) and have at least a 2.75 GPA for undergraduates and 3.0 GPA for graduates.

TESOL students seeking P-12 certification must pass the Praxis I prior to enrolling in the Phase I of the internship. TESOL students who do not wish to be certified for P-12 classrooms are not required to take the Praxis I.


Retention Requirements

To remain in any undergraduate or graduate program, students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and is required for clinical practice (internship).


Teacher Certificate

The Maryland State Department of Education is responsible for the licensing of teachers. In order to be recommended for licensure by the Department of Education, teacher candidates must successfully complete all requirements of certification including applicable testing requirements set by the state. Upon the recommendation of the Department of Education, the Maryland State Department of Education will then issue a standard professional certificate. To learn more about Maryland teaching licensure requirements, please follow this link:


last updated 2022 06_17