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ACET Program Staff Asst.

Submit completed materials to:
ACET Program
Attn: Ms. Debra Poese
School of Education
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee Street, CS118
Rockville, Maryland 20850

ACET, Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers

A Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program

ACET Alternate Certification for Effective Teachers at Montgomery College, MarylandMontgomery College (MC) and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) have joined to offer an innovative teacher preparation program for talented individuals who wish to become teachers in MCPS secondary schools. The competitive program is designed to address MCPS needs for excellent teachers in high demand fields.

ACET candidates are recruited in areas such as:
• High School: Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, and Technology Education
• New! Middle School: Mathematics, and Science
• World Languages: French and Spanish (placement in middle and high schools, with PreK-12 certification)

Note: These areas are confirmed for recruitment for 2015.

Potential candidates must have:

  • at least a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • expertise in their selected teaching field as supported by course work / experience / test scores
  • required scores on basic skills testing and the content exam (Praxis or ACTFL) in their desired field.

Note: If your degree is from a foreign institution outside the U.S., you must submit an evaluation of it from one of the MSDE-approved agencies.

The ACET program includes

  • a teaching institute from January through mid March which features face-to-face classes as well as online components
  • a small cohort of candidates
  • a strong support system with MC and MCPS faculty throughout the program
  • an internship in April and May that benefits your transition into teaching
  • a paid resident teacher year in MCPS
  • completion of all requirements for the Maryland Standard Professional Certificate

ACET is a Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program. See Maryland State Department of Education for more information.

Contact Information:

Debra Poese, Director, School of Education, Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland. Or ACET Program Staff Assistant, School of Education, phone: 240-567-4061, fax: 240-567-4073. If you would like to receive additional information on Information Sessions and updates, please email

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