Alternative Teacher Certification Programs – Career Changers
Resident Teacher Certification (RTC) Program
The Anne Arundel County RTC Program assists outstanding, capable professionals with a desire to teach in Anne Arundel County Public Schools by providing a seamless transition and fast route to earning full teacher certification in the state of Maryland. The RTC program is a partnership between Anne Arundel County Community College and AACPS and provides funding for tuition and mentor support for participants.
Interested candidates who have been offered a position by AACPS can apply to the RTC Program. You may qualify to participate in this alternative teacher preparation program if you have a bachelor’s or graduate degree with expertise in Math, Science, or Foreign-Language studies. Those who complete the program will receive a standard Maryland State Department of Education Teaching Certificate (SPC 1). This intensive program consists of education courses and internship opportunities in a variety of school settings in AACPS.
Candidates for this program must meet the following requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the U.S. with a minimum of 2.75 GPA (Content area) with 24 semester hours in a “Critical Shortage” content area and 6 additional college credits in a related content area. The “Critical Shortage Areas” are: Science (Chemistry, Physics), Mathematics (Higher-level courses as Calculus), and World/Classical Languages (particularly Chinese and
- Passing scores on Praxis I and II (Content area portion)
You must achieve passing scores on Praxis II Content in order to be eligible for participation in the RTC Program. Please attach a photocopy of the Praxis I and Praxis II (Content) score report to this application.
- Willingness to participate in an alternative teacher certification program
- Availability for participation in “Pre-service” requirements
(seminars and courses) from May -August; time-intensive coursework continues through fall, 2012.
- Valid email address and regular access to a computer.
AACPS will not be accepting any external applicants for this program, however, conditional teacher who currently work for AACPS may be moved into this program in order to complete certification requirements.
For more information, contact:
- Pat Gronkiewicz, AACC Resident Teacher Certification Coordinator, 410-777-1986/
- Angie Auth, Recruitment Manager, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 410-222-5066/
The number of participants accepted is based on available funding
MAAPP/RTC Program (Special Education & Elementary or Secondary Education Certification)
The Maryland Approved Alternative Preparation Program (MAAPP) Resident Teacher Certificate (RTC) is a two year program that provides support to career changers who are interested in becoming Special Education Teachers in Elementary or Secondary Education. The program is in partnership with the College of Notre Dame of MD and the Maryland State Department of Education. Those accepted into this program will attend classes and participate in an internship during the summer months and will be placed in a classroom in August. Candidates who successfully complete this program will emerge with a state approved certification in the area of Special Education.
Candidates interested in this program must meet the following criteria:
- Bachelor’s degree (may not be in Education) – your transcripts will be reviewed by the College of Notre Dame of MD to determine if your completed course work is best suited to pursue certification in Elementary or Secondary Education
- An average of “B” or better in qualifying courses
- Passing scores on Praxis I and Praxis II (Praxis II does not have to be completed at time of application)
- Interest in teaching Special Education students
- Commitment to teach in Anne Arundel County Public Schools for three years upon completion of the program
This program is limited to a cohort of 15 individuals. All applicants must submit a complete application package that will be reviewed by AACPS and College of Notre Dame representatives for accuracy, validity, and quality. Candidates will then be selected for an interview with a screening committee. The screening committee will select the final 15 candidates that will participate in the program.
The application package must contain the following materials:
- A letter expressing your interest in this program (letter should be addressed to Mary P. Tillar, Director of Special Education)
- A resume
- College transcripts (unofficial are acceptable at this time)
- Two letters of recommendation
- Praxis I scores
- Praxis II scores if available
The application process is available for candidates in December or
January. The screening interviews are held in April and selected candidates will be notified by the beginning of
information on this program
Application packages can be sent to Janie Sheehan, Division of Special Education, Anne Arundel County Public Schools, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401. For more information please contact
Debbie Montgomery at 410-222-5066.
- Janie Sheehan, Analyst, Special Ed Support, Anne Arundel County
Public Schools, 410-222-5411
- Debbie Montgomery, Recruitment Manager, Anne Arundel County
Public Schools, 410-222-5066