Be a Teacher and Change the World One Student at a Time
You have dreamed of becoming a classroom teacher; but with a full time job, you have found it impossible to achieve your goal. What if there was an opportunity where you could continue working and still earn your degree and become a certified teacher?
Howard Community College, Prince Georges Community College and Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDM) have agreed to provide students a unique pathway to achieving their dream. After completing the associate’s degree at either of our main campuses or at the Laurel College Center, students may complete the Liberal Studies/Elementary Education program or the Liberal Studies/Elementary Education Special Education Certification at the Laurel College Center through NDM’s Accelerated College.
The Notre Dame of Maryland University's Accelerated College program is an evening and weekend college (with the exception of the semester of student teaching) for working adults who are seeking to attend classes part-time in order to earn a bachelors.
This dual major program includes a balance of liberal arts courses representing a variety of disciplines as well as a planned sequence of professional courses and practical field experiences culminating in an extensive student teaching experience. Earning the degree in Liberal Studies/Elementary Education will qualify students for the Maryland State Department of Education certification in elementary education (grades 1-8). Students completing Liberal Studies/Elementary Education Special Education Certification will also qualify for certification in special education (grades 1 - 8). All graduates will be designated “highly qualified” as required by the “No Child Left Behind” federal mandate.
The four primary components are:
Through this part-time evening program students will:
Yes, please see the sample schedule which is linked to your option below
Typically 20-25 students will become members of a “cohort” or group of students. Members of the cohort will advance through the program and take the same sequence of classes. Students will learn together, encourage each other and graduate together. Students will complete several courses in the same time frame as a traditional semester, completing one course at a time. Professors using a curriculum emphasizing experiential learning will guide students through the learning process.
The tuition rate will remain the same from the day you enter the cohort until you graduate (while maintaining continuous enrollment).
Yes! You may be able to transfer a maximum of 64 eligible credits from the community college and a maximum of 90 eligible credits from a four-year institution. Students transferring approximately 60 academic credits may be able to complete their degree in two and a half years. Please note that Option B requires additional time, approximately one more semester. Credits toward life experience may also be applicable to the students’ degree program.
Students may be eligible for federal financial aid based on financial need. Make sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov All students interested in any scholarships, grants and loans at NDM must complete the FAFSA. To guarantee maximum funding students are encouraged to apply by February 15 and submit all other documents by May 1.
Students may pay by cash, check, cashier’s check or by Visa, MasterCard or Discover. Payment plans and tuition vouchers are accepted. Accelerated college students can enroll in a 12-month tuition payment plan.
If cumulative GPA is between 2.0-2.5, students must pass the NDM Adult Placement Exam and submit an Employer/Faculty Recommendation Form.
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You may attend an information session held in the Transfer Center at Howard Community College. If no information sessions are currently being held, you may contact the Transfer Center and/or Notre Dame of Maryland University to speak with an advisor. Please see below.
Contact the Transfer Center at email@example.com or leave a message at 443-518-1220 to register for the above session. We will return your email or call you upon request. For more information about Notre Dame of Maryland University see www.ndm.edu/admissions/undergraduate/acceleratedcollege. Notre Dame of Maryland University’s contact person for this program is Mona Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.