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Be a leader in the classroom and among your peers!

Our M.A. in Leadership and Teaching has concentrations in in-demand areas including STEM, Special Education, Spanish and more.

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Become a Resident Teacher

NDMU has an alternative certification partnership with the Prince George’s County public schools. Apply for the Resident Teacher Program by 2/15.

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Become a teacher in 10 months!

Earn your M.A.T. in just 10 months and intern in a school your first semester! This M.A.T. is ideal for career changers and recent graduates.

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About the School

For 120 years, Notre Dame has educated teachers who lead, prepare and transform their students every day.

We understand that education isn't just a job—it's a vocation that leads to personal fulfillment, professional development and social responsibility.

Notre Dame is the top provider of initially certified teachers among private colleges in Maryland. We welcome experienced teachers who wish to earn a master's degree, as well as women and men who seek to change their career—in less than a year! Our unique Accelerated Certification in Teaching and 10-month Masters of Arts programs prepare passionate, award-winning educators who have gone on to teach throughout the state, across the country and around the world.

Our flexible programs allow students to attend classes at convenient off-site locations, including Anne Arundel Community College, the Higher Education and Conference Center in Aberdeen (HEAT Center) and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), as well as our Charles Street campus.

Find out what Notre Dame's School of Education can do for you. For more information on our programs, click the PROGRAMS tab at the top of the page.

Notre Dame Leads in STEM Education

A recent article in the Washington Post made the provocative statement that "We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training." The point was that the ability to draw from other disciplines makes better scientists.

At Notre Dame of Maryland University, we wholeheartedly agree. And that's our approach to STEM education: a strong liberal arts foundation enriches the pursuit of scientific knowledge. 

Notre Dame is a leader in STEM education. In the critical shortage area of STEM-trained K–8 teachers, Notre Dame prepares more STEM teachers than any other Maryland university. Notre Dame is endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education as a leader in developing progressive STEM programs.

Here are two examples:

  • Notre Dame’s STEM Summer Institute is a popular destination for teachers who want to hone their skills. The STEM Summer Institute is a week-long, graduate-level program that provides teachers with the resources, knowledge, and methodology to engage their students with subject matter related to natural resources. This interdisciplinary program is a great opportunity for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines.
  • Notre Dame’s STEM Summer Camp is a program for students who want to have fun while exploring their budding interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each day, campers are introduced to a new STEM concept within the theme of "Space" and participate in hands-on learning. Campers work in small groups with counselors who are pre-service or in-service teachers enrolled in a School of Education degree program.

School of Education in the News

Baltimore Sun, A cheaper alternative for developing new teachers, a letter to the editor by Gary L. Thrift, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the School of Education, about Notre Dame's Graduate Education Internship (GEI), a fast-paced program designed to tap into the vast pool of talented college graduates and career changers who expressed a strong desire to teach in an urban environment.

The Catholic Review, Schools collaborate to improve Catholic Education, an article that features Sharon Slear, SSND, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, speaking about Operation TEACH (Teachers Enlisted to Advance Catholic Heritage), a two-year post-graduate service program in its 13th year. The article also features photos of two Operation TEACH graduates who now teach at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School: Jill Emerson, left, who teaches fourth grade, and Carolyn Summers, right, who teachers seventh and eighth grades.