In order to meet state certification requirements, you must successfully complete the coursework, internship, ePortfolio and Praxis II exams in the area of certification. During the internship semester, you will also complete an edTPA portfolio to be submitted for national scoring.
Some certification areas also have specific prerequisite course requirements. If you are interested in a particular certification area, but are not sure if your educational background meets the prerequisite requirements, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a transcript review before applying.
Unlike many other teacher preparation programs, many of our program completers are certified in multiple content areas.
Dual or multiple certifications also increase the marketability of our graduates, furthering opportunities for meaningful employment.
Methods course for Business, Music, Theatre and Computer Science candidates chosen in collaboration with academic advisor
Elementary Education candidates may pursue a dual certification in Early Childhood Education (preK – 3) with the following additional class:
As a student in this program, you will be able to:
At the completion of the program, you will be able to:
As a nationally recognized NCATE-accredited teacher preparation program and the #1 private institution in Maryland for initial teacher certification, you can expect to benefit from small class sizes, expert faculty, and practical field experiences.
Work with an advisor to develop a personalized program plan:
All of NDMU's award-winning teacher certification programs are nationally recognized by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and by the individual specialized professional associations; e.g., the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.
As part of the program requirements, you will complete a full-time internship semester with the support of a mentor teacher and an internship supervisor.
Candidates who already have a full-time teaching position in their intended certification area may use their current teaching job to satisfy the internship requirement.
Graduates of NDMU are highly recruited for employment; we partner with local school systems to help our students navigate the hiring process.
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Notre Dame offers more programs in critical shortage areas (PDF) than any other institution in Maryland. By providing programs in these much-needed areas, we help our local schools systems find new teachers and our graduates find teaching jobs.
For the 2017-2018 school year, the declared critical shortage areas are: