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CREATE Teacher Cohort Program

Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence

Become a teacher. CREATE is a teacher cohort program open to students pursuing any Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree at Montgomery College.

The MCPS CREATE Paraprofessionals and Teacher Education Initiative CREATE Teacher Cohort Program

CREATE offers strong support through:

  • College transfer process
  • Structure scheduling
  • One-on-one advising
  • Content-specific study sessions
  • Close interaction with faculty and mentors
  • Monthly CREATE Teacher Talks
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Social activities
  • Achieving the Promise Academy

Join the CREATE Teacher Cohort Program. Complete the CREATE applicationnew window to join.  CREATE Cohort Members are offered one-on-one Achieving the Promise Academy Coaches.

In the MC CREATE Teacher Cohort program, you follow a structured academic program and have access to weekly study sessions, tutoring, and close interaction with faculty. Cohorts have proven to be an effective method of student retention and completion. Often, you can choose classes that meet on campus, online, and/or recorded so you can fulfill requirements around your work schedule and other commitments. Email: CREATETeacherCohort@montgomerycollege.edu.

Typically, the program takes four to six semesters to complete. You will meet with a CREATE Program Advisor to develop an approved academic plan to complete the degree path. Often, students starting with a new cohort opt for the summer institute, when work schedules are less demanding.

After completing the AAT (two-year degree) at Montgomery College, you can transfer to any Maryland four-year state college or university teaching program to complete the required bachelor’s degree and state certification. You will enter the transfer school as a junior.

There are no costs to join the CREATE Teacher Cohort program.

If you hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming certified in a science or math teaching field, or in French or Spanish, you may be able to apply to the Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers (ACET) program to pursue the required teaching certification. Accepted candidates will qualify for partial support of the costs for this program, as well. For information on this program, or to discuss other options for teacher certification, contact Deb Poese, Director of Teacher Education Partnerships, at debra.poese@montgomerycollege.edu or 240-567-7269.         

CREATE Teacher Talks

Join the MC CREATE Teacher Cohort for monthly Teacher Talks.

What does it take to be a teacher in today’s ever-changing world? How do we reach EVERY student? Join the MC CREATE Cohort for monthly Teacher Talks where we will answer these questions and much more as we explore hot topics in the educational world.

Email us at CREATETeacherCohort@montgomerycollege.edu to register. 

For MCPS Paraprofessionals

Take the next step in your career path. Earn an associate's degree in teaching. 

Become A Teacher

This is the next step in your career path. Earn your Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degree. Meet with a CREATE Advisor to determine eligibility to receive tuition assistance for this program. Email us at CREATETeacherCohort@montgomerycollege.edu

Montgomery College’s CREATE Teacher Cohort Transfer Program offers the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.  The AAT degree is equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The program is offered on all three MC campuses and MCPS covers tuition costs with no upfront costs for as many classes as required in developed academic plan for personnel who meet the minimum grade requirements (C grade in each course). Cohort groups form year-round, and classes are offered in various formats and flexible scheduling options to accommodate working adults.

Complete the Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree

Typically, the program takes four to six semesters to complete. You may take as many classes per semester as identified in the approved academic plan to complete the degree path. Often, students starting with a new cohort opt for the summer institute, when work schedules are less demanding.

Limited Upfront Cost

If you are a qualified MCPS employee, you may register for approved classes without prepaying for the classes. MCPS will directly pay MC for any courses in which you earn a C or higher. You are responsible for the cost of textbooks and/or other required course materials. You are also responsible for repaying the cost of any coursework where a minimum grade of C is not earned.

CREATE Events  - 2022

MCPS Information Sessions
February 17, 2022
March 24, 2022
May 5, 2022

College-Wide Teacher Talks
February 3, 2022
March 3, 2022
April 7, 2022

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