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Catalog 2022-2023 
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Pathway to Teaching for Career Changers and Special Education

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Important Information

Short Description

The pathway to teacher certification for career changers provides access to courses required to enter the teaching profession in secondary education or special education. It is designed for people who hold a bachelor’s degree and seek Maryland State Department teaching certification in order to be licensed to teach in a Maryland public school. 

Type of Credential

Not Applicable 

Program Code

Not Applicable

Contacts and Additional Information

Department Chair:

Linda Gronberg-Quinn
443-840-1658 or lgronberg@ccbcmd.edu

Campus Coordinators:

CCBC Catonsville, Paul Taylor
443-840-4236 or ptaylor3@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Essex, Jessica Brown-Strott
443-840-1430 or jbrownstrott@ccbcmd.edu

CCBC Dundalk, Linda Gronberg-Quinn
443-840-1658 or lgronberg@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Courses Needed for This Program*


Students are not required to take ACDV 101  in their first semester at CCBC since the minimum admission requirements include a Bachelor’s Degree.

Program Description:

The Pathway to Teaching for Career Changers fulfills the pedagogical course requirements for Maryland secondary teacher and generic special education certification. It is designed for baccalaureate holders who want to become certified to teach at the secondary level or special education in grades K-12 in Maryland public schools without earning a second college degree. The pedagogical course requirements were developed collaboratively with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) staff. However, please note that a student teaching experience is not included in this program.

Students interested in the Pathway to Teaching for Career Changers should meet with the Teacher Education Department program director or a campus coordinator before registering for classes. They also need to pass the PRAXIS Core, SAT, ACT, or GRE. Finally, they must submit their PRAXIS Core, SAT, ACT, or GRE scores and official transcripts of their baccalaureate work to MSDE. Upon receipt of their transcript evaluation by MSDE, students may choose from the listed course selections to complete the pedagogical coursework required in their area. All certification areas require documented teaching experience and a baccalaureate degree before an initial certificate is awarded. This program does not include that teaching experience. Students are referred to the following link for the Certification Branch of MSDE: http://marylandpublicschools.org/about/Pages/DEE/Certification/index.aspx

Secondary Education in Maryland covers grades 7-12.

Special Education: Secondary in Maryland covers grades 6-adult.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree option, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of how children learn and develop by analyzing instructional practices and student behaviors during an observation in an authentic setting;
  2. provide learning opportunities that support a child’s intellectual, social, and personal development by creating instructional activities that are developmentally appropriate;
  3. understand diversity and its connection to learning by analyzing hypothetical scenarios;
  4. use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation by analyzing instructional practices and student behaviors during an observation in an authentic setting;
  5. understand how to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom using verbal, non-verbal, and technological communication techniques by creating a lesson plan using the Common Core Curriculum Frameworks;
  6. be reflective and continually evaluate the effects of his or her choices and actions on self and others by completion of their Individual Development Plan; and,
  7. understand the importance of fostering relationships with colleagues, families, and the larger community by utilizing technology to identify school-and community-based resources that support parents and families.

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