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Teacher Academy of Maryland

Are you one of those creative and passionate people who will change children's lives? Are you excited at the idea of instilling a love of learning?

The Teacher Academy of Maryland is designed for students who want to explore a career as an elementary, middle or high school, teacher. Students in the academy, have the opportunity to conduct formal observations, develop and deliver lesson plans in a K-12 setting, and participate in special events and activities. Academy coursework focuses on development, learning theory, positive and effective classroom management and discipline, curriculum delivery models, and the creation of developmentally-appropriate curriculum and learning environments.

Electives

Teacher Academy of Maryland students are advised to take at least two years of a World Language; Spanish being recommended. Students who are preparing for a career teaching middle/high school should pursue additional courses in the subject area they are planning to teach (e.g. Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, Humanities/Arts).

Prerequisites

Although no specific courses are required as prerequisites, students should seek volunteer or paid experience working with children as confirmation of their career academy choice.

Certifications

Upon completion of the four required Academy courses including the internship, students may choose to take the ParaPro, a nationally recognized examination required by the state of Maryland for employment as a highly qualified instructional assistant.

College Credit

Through a special partnership with Howard Community College’s Teacher Education Program, students enrolled in the course, Teaching as a Profession – G/T 659M, are eligible to be dually enrolled in the three-credit college course, Introduction to Education (EDUC 110).

Students who are preparing for a career in Early Childhood or Elementary Teaching who earn a grade of B or higher in Child Development, Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction, and Teaching as a Profession may be eligible for up to 6 credits at Howard Community College. To receive this credit, students must enroll in one of the Associate in Arts transfer degree programs in Early Childhood or Elementary Education or in an Associate of Applied Science or certificate career program in Early Childhood Development. Students who are preparing for a career teaching in a secondary setting may earn 3 college credits for receiving a grade of B or higher in Teaching as a Profession. To receive this credit, students must enroll in a Secondary Education Associate of Arts degree.

Students who are preparing for a career in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary Teaching, who earn grades of B or higher in all four required Academy courses, may earn college credits from Towson University, Stevenson University, or Coppin State University.

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Complete a portfolio documenting academic and work-based skills and achievements.

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the Teacher Academy of Maryland
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required Fine Arts available
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Elective available Human Growth and Development - Honors 658M
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction 6535 Teaching as a Profession - G/T 659M
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Elective available Elective available Elective available Elective available Field Experience in Education (Teacher Academy) - G/T 660M, 661M, 662M