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Accelerated Certification in Teaching


The nondegree, graduate-level, state-approved ACT program prepares women and men with nonteaching degrees for success in the classroom. Professionals who are already teaching but wish to become certified, or those ready to change careers and become certified teachers, are ideal candidates for this program. Credits earned in the ACT program can be transferred to Notre Dame's Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching program.

This program meets initial certification requirements for: elementary education, secondary education, special education for elementary or secondary, and early childhood education.

Concentrations include:

  • Art or Music, (PreK-12)
  • Early Childhood and Elementary Education (PreK-6)
  • Special Education (PreK-6; 6-Adult) alone or as a dual certification with Elementary or Secondary Education
  • Elementary Education (1-6)
  • Secondary Subjects: Business, Computer Science, English, World Languages [Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish], Math, Science [Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physical Science, Physics], Social Studies, or Theater (7-12)

Praxis II tests in the certification area must be passed by end of program.

All programs offered by the School of Education at Notre Dame of Maryland University are NCATE and MSDE approved.

For all admissions information on main campus/other locations:
Megan Bowen
Enrollment Manager for Education, Initial Certification

For an advisor at the main campus:
Paula Simon or Steve Meconi
School of Education
Academic Advisors for Initial Certification
psimon@ndm.edu or smeconi@ndm.edu

For information in Southern Maryland
Dr. Karen Wooten 
School of Education
Assistant Dean 

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