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Driver's Education

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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 distractability. 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 At a Glance Schedule, Summer 2024 (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) (Summer registration opens April 8th)

Driver Education Programs and Descriptions 

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Learner’s Permit Prep, SFT122
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 all students.
Driver’s Education, SFT123 

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. 

Students under 18 MUST be accompanied by a mentor (parent, guardian, etc.) to the first class/orientation session, and all students 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.

Important Notice: Starting Summer 2023, all Driver Education students must attend the first class. Makeups will not be allowed for the first class. If a student misses the first class, then they have to re-start the course at a later date.

Driver’s Education with Additional Support, SFT079 

 This course provides the exact same MVA curriculum as SFT-123 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. 

Students under 18 MUST be accompanied by a mentor (parent, guardian, etc.) to the first class/orientation session, and all students MUST bring their learner's permit to the first class/orientation session. 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). 

Important Notice: Starting Summer 2023, all Driver Education students must attend the first class. Makeups will not be allowed for the first class. If a student misses the first class, then they have to re-start the course at a later date.

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

Driver Improvement Lessons are for anyone who would like to improve their driving skills and/or gain more experience behind the wheel of a car. In order to enroll in Driver Improvement Lessons, you must have either had Driver Education or are currently enrolled in a Driver Education course here at MC, and you MUST have a current Learner's Permit or Driver's License.

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

National Safety Council Courses

National Safety Council's 4-hour defensive Driving Course, and Alive at 25

Updates will be published when available. 

 

Important Information about Driver Education Courses:

 All behind-the-wheel lessons begin and end at Rockville Campus. Please meet your instructor on time for lessons.

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:Customer Self-Report of a Medical Conditionnew window. 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

Rookie Driver Graduated Licensing System - MVAnew window

MVA’s Maryland Online Driver Test Tutorialnew window

Rookie Driver- New Driver & Coach Practice Guide (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

MC Guide to Driver Readiness (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

Driver Safety Agreement (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

Behind the Wheel (BTW) Guidelines (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window)

 

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:Customer Self-Report of a Medical Conditionnew window