Driver's Education

Student and Instructor in a car

Montgomery College's Driving School is Maryland MVA licensed and certified. Our instructors are professional educators with over 20 years of experience teaching. We go the extra mile to teach safe, mindful and defensive driving techniques that diminish distractibility. Our 36-hour course consists of 10 three-hour classroom sessions, and 3 two-hour individual behind-the-wheel driving sessions using our late model cars.

 

Driver Education Programs and Descriptions 

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Learner’s Permit Prep, SFT044
The Learner's Permit Prep Course is open to all students! Our instructor helps prepare you for the Maryland Learner Permit Test. Preparing for and passing the Maryland Learner's Permit Test can be challenging for many students. This course is designed by a Special Educator to provide additional supports for students.
Driver’s Education, SFT043 and SFT078 (MCPS)

Montgomery College's Driver Education course is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

Montgomery College's Driver Education course is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA).

Montgomery College's Driver Education course is approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA). The course consists of the required 30 hours of classroom instruction plus 6 hours Behind the Wheel. Successful completion of this driver education course is one of the requirements for obtaining a Maryland driver's license. 

Montgomery College's Driving School is Maryland MVA licensed and certified. Our instructors are professional educators with over 20 years of experience teaching. We go the extra mile to teach safe, mindful and defensive driving techniques that diminish distractibility. Our 36-hour course consists of 10 three-hour classroom sessions, and 3 two-hour individual behind-the-wheel driving sessions using our late model cars. Behind the Wheel (BTW) lessons to be scheduled in class. 

Students under 18 MUST be accompanied by a mentor (parent, guardian, etc.) and MUST bring their learner's permit to the first class/orientation session. Students will learn Montgomery College's driving school policies, which include mentor or parental involvement expectations, overview of Maryland's Graduated Licensing System and behind-the-wheel process. If you need an accommodation based on a disability please contact Natalie Martinez, Disability Support Services Counselor at 240-567-4118.

Driver’s Education with Additional Support, SFT079 and SFT080 (MCPS)

 This course provides the exact same MVA curriculum as SFT-043 Driver Education, but with built-in supports.

 This course provides the exact same MVA curriculum as SFT-043 Driver Education, but with built-in supports.

Montgomery College's Driving School and its instructors are Maryland MVA licensed and certified. Our additional support instructors are dually certified in Special Education. This course, in a small classroom environment, prepares rookie drivers to test for a Maryland driver’s license. Our 36-hour course consists of 10 three-hour classroom sessions, and 3 two-hour individual sessions using our own cars. 

This course provides the exact same MVA curriculum as SFT-043 Driver Education, but with built-in supports. Rookie drivers MUST be accompanied by mentor (parent, guardian, etc.) at the first class / orientation and MUST bring a learner’s permit to the first class / orientation. Montgomery College educates mentors on how to manage the learning-to-drive experience through our mentor / parental involvement expectations, our 12 driver readiness indicators with self-assessments, and a collaborative approach between mentor and instructor(s). 

Additional Supports include, but are not limited to: 

  • Differentiated instruction, supplemental aides and supports including a multi-sensory approach to learning. 
  • Behind the wheel is one-on-one instruction with a dually certified MVA and MSDE Special Education Educator 
  • Smaller class size 
  • Quizzes and tests are read aloud 
  • Extra time is granted to students for quizzes and tests 
  • Manipulatives (toy cars) are used to better explain situations 
  • A copy of all PowerPoints and instructor notes is provided to student

We hope to empower Parents, Special Educators and even Driver Education Instructors to be supportive by knowing:

  • The Driver Education Readiness Indicators. See Readiness Assessment form 
  • Preparation activities parents/mentors can to facilitate the driver education experience. 
  • Coping skills the student driver can do while learning to drive.

What should I do if I have a disability support request?

  1. Register for a class 
  2. Call Natalie Martinez, Disability Support Services Counselor at 240-567-4118 or email natalie.martinez@montgomerycollege.edu at least four weeks prior to the start of class to arrange for accommodations and/or assistive technology. If this procedure is not followed, services may be delayed.

Please note that due to the nature of driver education, certain additional documentation may be requested.

Driver Improvement Lessons

Offered in 2, 4, 6, 10 and 20-hour increments

Offered in 2, 4, 6, 10 and 20-hour increments

Driver Improvement Lessons are for anyone who would like driving lessons to improve driving skills and/or to gain more experience behind the wheel of a car. In order to enroll in Driver Improvement Lessons:

  1. You must have had Driver Education or are currently enrolled in a Driver Education course.  

AND 

     2. You must have a CURRENT Learner’s Permit or Driver’s License.

Registration approval is required.   
Please call the Driver Education Program Coordinator, at 240-567-1895, for scheduling information and class CRN number.

DIL Hours, Course numbers and Cost:

  • 2 hours, $100.00, SFT034
  • 4 hours, $200.00, SFT035 
  • 6 hours, $300.00, SFT036 
  • 10 hours, $425.00, SFT040 
  • 20 hours,  $825.00, SFT042 
Driver's Education Frequently Asked Questions

 

Important Information about Driver Education Courses:

NOTE:  All behind the wheel lessons begin and end at the designated college campus; no exceptions. Meet your Instructor and the Driver Education car on time for your lessons. For Gaithersburg Business Training Center, meet at the rear entrance adjacent to the parking garage; for lessons at Germantown and Rockville campus special arrangements will be prearranged. 
Be advised that while Driver Education schools are accomplished at making judgement and sharing insight on driver skills, none are authorized to make determination or prognosis on whether a rookie driver can or cannot drive on Maryland roads. The responsibility lies with the parent/guardian and the state of Maryland on whether this student should share Maryland roads. Participation in our Driver Education program is open to all students. However, students with conditions identified by COMAR 11.17.03.02-1 "Reportable Medical Conditions", must be reported to the MVA and Medical Advisory Board as instructed. Please view online instructions at: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/About-MVA/INFO/26200/26200-11T.htm. Any Restricted Learner Permit or Driver License will be evaluated by us to ensure we can teach under those conditions identified by the MVA/Medical Advisory Board (MAB) .
Also be advised that during behind the wheel instruction, Montgomery College reserves the right to stop the behind the wheel lesson if any student demonstrates safety concerns. At this point, the student may be referred to screening to determine driver readiness.

 

Rookie Driver Resources

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration

AAA Guide to Teen Driving

MVA’s Maryland Online Driver Test Tutorial

MC Guide to Driver Readiness

Driver Safety Agreement

Behind the Wheel (BTW) Guidelines

 

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Customer Self-Report of a Medical Condition. Students with conditions identified by COMAR 11.17.03.02-1 “Reportable Medical Conditions,” must be reported to the MVA and Medical Advisory Board. Please view online instructions at:http://www.mva.maryland.gov/About-MVA/INFO/26200/26200-11T.htm

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