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School of Education
The School of Education is a collaborative of the education departments across all three campuses of Montgomery College and the Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers program housed in Workforce Development and Continuing Education.
Our mission is to provide high quality educational programs (consisting of both academic courses and field-based learning experiences) which prepare students as educators for diverse and inclusive communities of learners in environments that are culturally respectful of children and their families. We seek to develop in our pre-service teachers the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required of the teaching profession.
Consistent with the Montgomery College mission, we strive to empower our students to change their lives, and we enrich the life of our community.
Teacher Education Programs and Degrees
Early Childhood Education Programs
We offer the 90 Hour training required by the State of Maryland for childcare center teachers, along with an early childhood certificate program and two associate's degree programs. You can also apply coursework toward the Child Development Associate (CDA). See all early childhood education programs.
Our associate of arts in teaching (AAT) degrees offer the first 64 to 68 credits of a four-year bachelor's degree and teacher certification, and are fully articulated with the public colleges and universities in the state of Maryland. Students in the education program fulfill their general education requirements, participate in fieldwork experiences, and complete a core of professional education coursework appropriate for the first two years of teacher preparation.
- Early Childhood Education Technology AAS Degree (not intended for transfer to other institutions)
- Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education AAT Degree (intended for transfer to other institutions)
We encourage our degree-seeking students to join the CREATE (Culturally Responsive Educators Aspiring for Teaching Excellence) cohort program, offering support, leadership opportunities, transfer resources, and more.
This innovative teacher preparation program is for professionals with a bachelor's degree and non-teaching work experience who wish to change careers and become teachers in MCPS secondary schools. Those interested in teaching in a STEM field may qualify for a $16,000 stipend to cover the full cost of the ACET program. Learn more about ACET.
With a dedication to ensure that radical inclusivity and increased diversity occurs within the education profession, we are proud to offer opportunities for membership into Montgomery College’s chapter of Educators Rising. This group is dedicated to equitable access into the teaching profession for all, especially males of color. For more information, please visit our homepage Educators Rising.
Spring 2022 Virtual Drop-in Advising
Drop-in advising for elementary/special education and secondary education AAT students is available via Zoom at the following times:
January 18 through May 12:
- Tuesdays, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Join the Zoom Meeting
- Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Join the Zoom Meeting
In addition to drop-in sessions, some appointments are available, including evening appointments. Contact Sonja.Fisher@montgomerycollege.edu for more information or to request an appointment)
To make an advising appointment with me: Starfish Calendar (Click virtual or Germantown campus to get started)
If you're in crisis, call the Montgomery County Crisis Center 24 hour Hot Line at 240-777-4000, use 24 Hour text chat support: Text “HOME” to 741741, or go to your local emergency room or contact the Montgomery County Police Department at 911.
Additional Support Resources:
Depression Hotline - 888-273-5174
Self-Harm Hotline - 877-455-0628
Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860
TREVOR Crisis Hotline 1-866-488-7386
Professor Debra Poese
- On Campus SV 406, In Person Walk-In: Tuesdays 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Zoom: By appointment only: Mondays 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 11 am, Schedule Via Calendly
- Early Childhood Education Club: Open to any student pursuing early childhood coursework at Montgomery College.
- Center for Early Education: MC's laboratory preschool on our Germantown Campus for children aged 2 through 5.
Related Noncredit Programs
In addition to the School of Education programs and courses outlined above, our Workforce Development and Continuing Education division offers a variety of teacher training programs.
- AP Summer Institute: The Advanced Placement Summer Institute (APSI) offers 30+ hours of subject specific professional development that equips new and experienced teachers with content and resources to enhance their teaching of AP® courses courses.
- Early Childhood Education Instructor Training: Informational, innovative, and inspiring courses to help early childhood educators foster their love of learning and improve their instructional skills.
- Ed2Go and UGotClass: A wide variety of high-quality, online-only courses, with several offerings tailored for educators.
- TESOL Training Institute: The Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Training Institute trains individuals to become highly competent instructors of adult ESOL.
- School of Education Home
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- Early Childhood Education Programs
- Child Care Teacher Scholarships
- Early Childhood Education Faculty and Staff
- Early Childhood Education Club
- Education Transfer Degree Programs
- Elementary/Secondary Education Faculty and Staff
- CREATE Teacher Cohort
- Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers
- Montgomery College Educators Rising (MCER)
- Field Experience
- Teacher Education Scholarships and Grants
- Testing Requirements for Teachers