BMore Teacher Certification Pathway

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The UMBC Department of Education and the Sherman STEM Teacher Scholars Program are teaming up to provide a streamlined pathway for conditionally-certified secondary STEM and ESOL teachers in Baltimore to earn a master’s degree in teaching and state certification.

Programming includes:
– Master’s degree (MAT or MA-TESOL)
– Maryland teacher certification
– Merit-based scholarship
– Teacher coaching and support
– Academic advising
– Cohort programming and events


The Department of Education offers a number of master’s programs ranging from 36 to 42 credits. Tailored cohort experiences for Baltimore City conditional teachers will be offered in the following areas:

– MAT in Secondary Education in STEM disciplines (36 credits)
– MA in TESOL (42 credits)


Program Adaptability

UMBC is dedicated to adapting our program to needs of the teachers. Based upon such factors as initial transcript analysis, teaching assignments, preference(s) for learning modality, UMBC will attempt to construct teacher cohorts of similar needs/experiences.

Teachers may be able to transfer certain previously completed graduate level courses.


To Learn More

Email to express your interest in applying and schedule an optional interest meeting


To Apply

– Apply for master’s study at
– Apply to Sherman at




Please keep an eye out for upcoming virtual sessions.

Friday, April 24th 3-4pm

Monday, April 27th, 5:30-6:30pm

Tuesday, April 28th, 3-4pm

Thursday, April 30th, 3-4pm



Program Core Design Principles

  • Customized versions of UMBC’s nationally accredited master of arts with certification programs
  • Utilizes a cohort model comprised of Baltimore City Schools teachers with similar backgrounds and experiences
  • Courses tailored to maximize connections to classroom practice and experiences


Secondary MAT Program – 36 credits

  • 27 credits of educational foundations courses, literacy courses, and specialized disciplinary courses
  • 9 credits for the 100-day Internship, Seminar and Practicum


MA TESOL – 42 credits

  • 33 credits of educational foundations courses, literacy courses, and specialized TESOL courses
  • 9 credits for the 100-day Internship, Seminar and Practicum



MAT – Secondary STEM (36 Credits)

Summer 1 (6 credit hours)

  • Literacy in Content Area I
  • Instructional Planning and Pedagogy

School Year 1 (9 credit hours)

  • Discipline-Specific Pedagogy
  • Mentored/Supervised Internship

Summer 2 (6 credit hours)

  • Educational Psychology
  • Differentiated Instruction

School Year 2 (9 credit hours)

  • Literacy in the Content Area II
  • Education in Cultural Perspective
  • Practicum Course

Summer 3 (6 credit hours)

  • Discipline specific Content
  • PRAXIS Support




MA TESOL (42 credits)

Summer 1 – Foundations Coursework (6 credits)

  • Human Learning and Cognition
  • Instructional Systems Development

School Year 1 – Academic Coursework (12 credits)

  • Methods of Teaching ESOL
  • Theories of Language Learning in the ESOL Classroom
  • Grammar of American English for ESOL Educators
  • Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Students I

Summer 2 – Academic Coursework (6 credits)

  • Cross-Cultural Communication for ESOL Educators
  • Linguistics for ESOL Educators

School Year 2 – Academic Coursework & Internship (12 credits)

  • ESOL Testing and Evaluation
  • Internship (9 credits)

Summer 3 – Academic Coursework & Praxis Support (6 credits)

  • Teaching Reading and Writing to ESOL Students II
  • TESOL Project Seminar




updated 2020 04_24