Thanks for your interest in the Teacher Education program at CSM!
Below please find resources and information for current and prospective students, as well as teachers and other community members.
For information or assistance, please contact:
Professor/ Program Coordinator
LaPlata campus CE 127
CSM offers three teacher education degrees...
The CSM Teacher Education program is affiliated with Educators Rising (formerly the national Future Educators Association) and offers activities on all three campuses at various times of the year.
We also are starting a chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education.
Stay informed regarding teacher education activities and opportunities through the CSM Teacher Education Facebook group (requires a Facebook account)...
Or through our Educators Rising portal...
The practicum is an early field experience that requires students to complete a minimum of 45 hours of observation and participation in an assigned public school placement.
It is NOT the same as student teaching and will NOT fulfill state internship requirements. Rather, it is an opportunity for students to get involved in and experience the day to day life of a classroom and school as they make decisions about their future goals and aspirations prior to transferring to a four-year school to complete their teacher preparation.
Practicum courses require a granted petition (which means you need permission to register for one of the practicum courses). Once you have completed the prerequisites, you can see any advisor to register for the practicum course required for your degree.
Certification in Maryland requires at least a Bachelor's degree. You can start your preparation at CSM and earn your Associate's before transferring to a four-year school to complete the requirements.
The Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) degrees in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education are designed to transfer seamlessly to any public four-year school in Maryland. Most private universities and out-of-state universities also accept these degrees, though transfer may not be seamless.
CSM also has 2+2 partnerships that allow Early Childhood and Elementary Education students to complete their entire degree in Southern Maryland:
All teacher education majors are required to pass a basic skills test. These tests measure basic competence in reading, writing, and math. AAT students must submit passing scores prior to graduating from CSM, and all others must submit passing scores prior to transferring to a four-year teacher preparation program. Students may submit scores from Praxis Core, SAT, ACT, or GRE.
Some test preparation materials are available at no cost through the ETS web site.
ETS also sells study guides, and you can find test prep books through online merchants such as Amazon.com, etc.
ETS Store (click on the Store button at the top of the page and select Praxis test preparation)
CSM students can access Praxis test prep materials through the Gale Group (INFOTRAC) Database, available through the CSM Library.
Gale Group (on-campus; scroll down the database list to click the Gale Group link)
Gale Group (off-campus; you'll need your CSM ID number)
CSM also offers a non-credit Praxis Core test prep course through Continuing Education.
CSM Workforce Development (Select Teacher Education and scroll down the list)
CSM offers several courses that have been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for certification.
If you already hold at least a Bachelor's degree and are interested in earning teacher certification, your best bet is to look into a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. These are initial certification programs at the graduate level that provide all courses required for certification.
It is strongly recommended that you complete a program through an accredited college or university - many people try to use their MSDE transcript analysis to find courses through a variety of schools ("course count" or "credit count") only to end up not being able to fulfill the internship requirement because they have not matriculated in a program.
If your existing degree(s) are closely aligned with the subject/grade you want to teach, it may also be possible to complete an Accelerated Certification for Teaching program or to be hired on a conditional certificate while you complete certification requirements. These are highly dependent on the nature and extent of your existing coursework as well as staffing needs in school systems.
Locally, Notre Dame of Maryland University offers programs for career changers at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC) in California, Maryland.
Dr. Karen Wooten - Assistant Dean, NDMU School of Education