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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. 

September 17, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30p.m.: Culturally Responsive Teaching

We all know how important it is to make sure every student feels safe and welcomed in our classrooms, but what does a student’s culture have to do with it? What does being “culturally responsive” mean? Why is it so important? Join Professor Karen Malaska as she discusses what culturally responsive teaching is and the importance of being a culturally responsive educator in today’s world.

October 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Graduation and Transfer Requirements

Plan now to graduate! What do you know about graduating and transferring? When should you apply to the 4-year universities? Learn about graduation and transfer requirements from Professor Sonja Fisher.

November 19, 2020, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Early Childhood Education Panel

Join us and engage with Early Childhood professionals on the topic of developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive teaching practices. 
More information coming soon.

February 18, 2021, 4:30p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Inspiring Cultural Awareness

How can we, as educators, make sure we are providing every student with an equitable education? More specifically, how can we provide young children access to a fair education and prepare them for elementary school? Join us and engage with Early Childhood professional and Montgomery College’s own Dr. Marsha McLean as she discusses ways to provide a rightful education to our youngest learners.

March 25, 2021, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Virtual Learning in a Remote Structured Environment.

Since the pandemic began, technology has taken the stage front and center. How can we be sure we are providing students with developmentally appropriate lessons in the virtual learning environment? How can we be sure everyone is engaged? Join us and engage with Prof. Olurotimi Fagbohun as he shares software, platforms, and other technologies with the help of MC students and MCPS paraprofessionals.

April 27, 2021, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.: Inspiring Cultural Awareness

The CREATE Teacher Cohort has been developing culturally responsive educators at Montgomery College for six years and continues to proudly witness our outstanding graduates transfer and excel as exceptional educators. Join us to meet with former CREATErs and celebrate the accomplishments of the CREATE Class of 2021!

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  - 2021

February

Germantown CREATE Cohort Meeting
February 2, 2021, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

 TP/SS CREATE Cohort Meeting
February 8, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Rockville CREATE Cohort Meeting
February 10, 2021, 2:15 p.m. -3:15 p.m.
Virtual Event

CREATE Teacher Talk
February 18, 2021, TBA
Virtual Event

March

Germantown CREATE Cohort Meeting
March 2, 2021, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

TP/SS CREATE Cohort Meeting
March 8, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Rockville CREATE Cohort Meeting
March 10, 2021, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Virtual Event

CREATE Teacher Talk
March 25, 2021, TBA
Virtual Event
Zoom information coming soon.

April

Germantown CREATE Cohort Meeting
April 6, 2021, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Virtual Event

TP/SS CREATE Cohort Meeting
April 12, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Rockville CREATE cohort meeting
April 14, 2021, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Virtual Event

CREATE Teacher Talk
April 22, 2021, TBA
Virtual Event
Zoom information coming soon.

May

TP/SS CREATE Cohort Meeting
May 3, 2021, 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Germantown CREATE Cohort meeting
May 4, 2021, 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Virtual Event

Rockville CREATE Cohort meeting
May 6, 2021, 2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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