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Montgomery College Early Childhood Education Alternative Certification Program (MC-ECACP)

A Teacher Preparation Program for Degree-Holding Professionals Who Wish To Become Certified Early Childhood Education (PreK - 3rd grade) Teachers

The next MC-ECACP cohorts begin in the Fall of 2024! We are currently taking applications. Submit your application now for early interviews and program entrance consideration!

Earn your Maryland teaching certification in Early Childhood Education in SIX months!

Montgomery College and Montgomery County Public Schools have partnered to offer an innovative teacher preparation program for talented individuals who wish to become early childhood education teachers (PreK – 3rd grade), certified teachers in community-based early childhood education centers, the Maryland PreK Expansion Programs, or Montgomery County Public Schools.

Potential candidates must have:

  • at least a bachelor's degree with college coursework in the areas of mathematics, science, English, and social studies.
  • teaching interest or experience in the early childhood education field.
  • a  3.0 minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on their most recently earned degree OR documentation of qualifying scores on basic skills requirementsnew window.
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Current Community Based Center (CBC) employees

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Current Montgomery County Public Schools employees

Program Overview and Schedule

Following the admissions process, selected candidates join a cohort consisting of 3 months of coursework, followed by a 8 week teaching internship and a one-year teaching residency in an approved nonpublic community-based early childhood education center or in MCPS.

Overview of Program Outline and Timeline*

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TEACH Institute

**Praxis 5025: Early Childhood Education Residency beginning in


** Reading Course,
EDUC 243

**EDUC 245 and EDUC 246
simultaneously or may be taken simultaneously during Residency. 

Action Research and
Support Seminar

MSDE Standard
Professional Certificate I


  Submission of Reading Praxis   

** Reading Course
EDUC 244 simultaneously with Internship

Teacher Residency Certificate

Submission of passing scores for edTPA

*Must successfully complete each phase to move to the next phase. Certification is granted upon successful completion of all courses, phases and program requirements.

**Recommended to be taken prior to starting teacher residency.

TEACH Institute

The instructional component of ECACP is called the TEACH Institute and includes 3 months of coursework. The TEACH Institute utilizes blended instruction, including face to face and distance learning, and includes performance-based activities, development, planning, and delivery of instruction.

It is composed of eight modules, based on national professional standards, which include child development and learning theories; instructional methods and materials for early childhood learners; lesson planning for content areas – early childhood education; observation and assessment in early childhood education; diversity and culturally responsive teaching; individualized instruction/special education; and foundation of educational technology.  Students will also enroll in EDUC 243, Acquisitions of Reading, if not previously completed. 


An 8-week internship is required following successful completion of the Teaching Institute, with candidates assigned to an appropriate early childhood placement, identified by program administration. During the first week, candidates observe in their placement classrooms. For the next few weeks, candidates teach with frequent observation and feedback from Montgomery College School of Education faculty with experience in supervising student teachers. Candidates also complete EDUC 244, Elementary Instruction in Reading, at MC or equivalent professional development course in MCPS. 


After successful completion of the internship, candidates will interview for paid positions in MCPS, approved community-based early childhood education centers, or Maryland PreK Expansion Programs. Once candidates are placed, they will receive regular mentoring and supervision, and will participate in a Residency Seminar to provide strong support for each teacher candidate.

Residents must also successfully complete the appropriate Early Childhood Education Praxis Pedagogy exam or edTPA and EDUC 245, Materials for Teaching Reading, and EDUC 246, Assessment for Reading Instruction, at MC or equivalent professional development course in MCPS. At the end of a satisfactory resident year, candidates will be awarded the MSDE Standard Professional Certificate I.

Start Your Application Here:

Complete the ECACP Application Form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

ECACP Reference Form (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

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Contact ECACP


School of Education
Montgomery College
51 Mannakee Street, SV 406
Rockville, MD 20850