Post-Master's Certifications for Teachers

Certification

Notre Dame of Maryland University offers more programs in teacher-shortage fields (STEM, TESOL, Gifted and Talented, Special Education) than any other Maryland university.

Program Locations

The following post-master's certification programs are offered to current teachers that want to pursue additional certifications:

Administration and Supervision

Required Courses

EDU 557 - Leadership Seminar I (3)
EDU 560 - Legal Issues for Teachers and Administrators (3)
EDU 569 - Supervision: Empowering Teachers (3)
EDU 563 - Curriculum Development (3)
EDU 688 - Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part I* (3)

Note: Open only to students seeking the Administration and Supervision Certification:

EDU 690 - Practicum: School Administration and Supervision Part II (3)

Total Credits: 18

Prerequisite

An assessment course

*Course needed for School Administration and Supervision Certification

Gifted and Talented Education

Required Courses

EDGT 500 - Foundations of Gifted and Talented Education (3)
EDGT 501 - Affective Characteristics of Diverse Gifted and Talented Learners (3)
EDGT 502 - Curriculum for the Gifted and Talented (3)
EDGT 505 - Strategies for Gifted and Talented Education (3)
EDGT 503 - Research Seminar in Gifted and Talented Education (3)
EDGT 504 - Practicum in Gifted and Talented Education (3)

Total Credits: 18

Library Media Specialist

Required Courses

EDU 556 - Technology for Instruction and Management (3)
EDU 575 - Information Literacy Resources (3)
EDU 514 - Organization of Information (3)
EDU 577 - Internet in Teaching and Learning (3)
EDU 524 - Adolescent Literature (3)
EDU 512 - School Library Administration I (3)
EDU 610 - School Library Administration II (3)

Mathematics Instructional Leader

Grades PreK-6 Required Courses

MAT 541 - Number and Operations for Elementary School Educators 
MAT 542 - Number and Relationships for Elementary School Educators 
MAT 543 - Geometry and Measurement for Elementary School Educators 
MAT 544 - Data Analysis and Probability for Elementary School Educators 
MAT 545 - Patterns and Algebraic Thinking for Elementary School Educators 
MAT 546 - Algebra for Elementary School Educators 
EDU 616 - Mathematics Leadership Practicum 

Grades 4-9 Required Courses

MAT 501 - Number and Operations 
MAT 503 - Fundamentals of Algebra 
MAT 507 - Algebraic Functions 
MAT 521 - Measurement and Geometry 
MAT 531 - Data Analysis and Statistics 
MAT 532 - Probability and Simulations 
MAT 533 - Pre Calculus

Reading Specialist

Required Courses

EDU 586 - Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency (3)
EDU 612 - Remedial Reading Instruction for Classroom and Clinical Settings (3)
EDU 551 - Reading and Writing in the Content Areas II (for elementary teachers) (3) OR
EDU 542 - Instruction of Reading (for secondary teachers) (3)
EDU 629 - The Roles of the Literacy Coach (3)
EDU 618 - Resource Role of the Reading Specialist (3)
EDU 691 - Practicum:  Application of Remediation (3)

Total Credits: 18

Prerequisites

Elementary
  • EDU 509 - Processes and Acquisition of Reading
  • EDU 510 - Elementary Reading Materials
  • EDU 511 - Assessment of Reading
  • EDU 542 - Instruction in Reading
Secondary
  • EDU 580 - Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas I
  • EDU 551 - Teaching Reading and Writing in Content Areas II
Special Education

Required Courses

SPE 526 - Special Education for the Classroom Teacher (3)
SPE 543 - Assessment of Special Needs Populations (Secondary) (3) OR
SPE 544 - Assessment of Special Needs Populations (Elementary) (3)
SPE 546 - Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs (3)
SPE 570 - Individualizing the Curriculum: Strategies for Holistic Intervention (Elementary) (3) OR
SPE 571 - Vocational Skills in Special Education Methods (Secondary) (3)
SPE 576 - Communication Skills for the School-Based Professional (3)

Total Credits: 15

STEM

Required Courses

PHY 560 - Physics for Teachers K-8 (3)
CHM 560 - Chemistry for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST 500 - Instruction to Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
PHY 561 - Space and Earth Science for Teachers K-8 (3)
BIO 560 - Biology for Teachers K-8: The Cell, Inheritance and Evolution (3)
EDST 501 - Exploration in Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
ENV 560 - Sustainability for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST 502 - Application of Design, Technology, and Engineering: Content and Instruction Strategies (3)
EDST 503 - Practicum: STEM for Teachers K-8 (3)
EDST 504 - STEM Curriculum Development (3)

TESOL

Required Courses

EDU 508 - Issues in TESOL
EDU 545 - Principles of Linguistics
*EDU 546 - Methods and Materials for TESOL
*EDU 547 - Assessing Second Language Acquisition
*EDU 548 - Language Learning
*EDU 586 - Techniques of Teaching Reading and Writing to English Language Learners
*EDU 596 - English Grammar for ESL Teachers

*Prerequisite: Six credits in a second language are required by completion of program. Courses may be taken at the undergraduate level.