Maryland Accelerates Program

 

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Seeking Candidates With A Passion For Teaching

At Maryland Accelerates, we believe that embracing a new, innovative, and accelerated approach to becoming a teacher creates a learning environment that allows both teachers and students to thrive in our diverse world.

Along with Frostburg State University, The College of Education’s Maryland Accelerates Program provides aspiring teachers with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree, a $35,000 living stipend, as well as an affordable education with financial aid available - all within a 13-month teacher-residency program.

Get Paid to Teach & Earn Your Master's Degree

If you currently have a bachelor’s degree and maintained a minimum 3.0 GPA then you can apply for this program. Students that are accepted into the program will attend a cohort-based, year-long experiential teacher residency in one of our neighboring counties and receive a $35,000 living stipend.

  • This program is nationally accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

  • Successful candidates are eligible for Maryland’s initial certification in grades 1-6 if the elementary track is chosen or grades 7-12 if the candidate decides to pursue the secondary track.

  • The condensed experiential residency program begins each May and ends the following June.

  • Candidates will complete internships throughout the school year in professional development schools.

  • The program courses are taught by dynamic professors and clinical adjuncts and are structured to foster a collaborative and supportive cohort experience.

  • The program offers affordable in-state and out-of-state tuition.

  • While the program offers a living stipend, students are still eligible to apply for financial aid.

Upon completion, graduates are eligible for immediate full-time employment in Washington County Public School.

 

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Email: marylandaccelerates@frostburg.edu Phone: 301-687-4362

 

 

 

  • Eligibility Requirements

    The applicant must first be accepted into the Frostburg State University Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Elementary or Secondary Program. In addition, the applicants to the Maryland Accelerates Teacher Residency Program must:

    • Possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
    • For the Secondary residency track, possess a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Math, English, Art, Music, Foreign Language, or Computer Science;
    • Submit proof that they have never served as a teacher of record; and
    • Submit to and pass criminal and professional background checks.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please email us at marylandaccelerates@frostburg.edu.

    1. Do I need to first apply to and be accepted into the MAT Program?
      • Yes, a candidate must first be accepted to the FSU Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program.

    2. Is there a separate interview process for the Residency Track?
      • Yes, a candidate who has been admitted to the MAT program will be eligible to apply for the Teacher-Residency track. A separate interview process is required.

    3. Where do candidates complete their residency?
      • A candidate must complete his or her residency with one of the partnering districts.
        *Upon graduation, the resident must apply to one of the partnering counties and commit to teaching there for a minimum of 3 academic years.


    4. When will I receive the stipend?
      • The stipend will be paid in equal monthly installments during the one-year residency program.

    5. How many credits are required for the MAT Teacher-Residency program?
      • MAT-Elementary: 46 credits
      • MAT-Secondary: 39-40 credits

    6. What undergraduate courses do I need?
      • For the MAT-Elementary track, you need:

        • 9 credit hours in the Sciences, (courses must include a Biology, a Physical Science, and an Earth or Space course)
        • 9 credit hours in Mathematics above the developmental level
        • 6 credit hours in English (3 hrs. in Writing, and 3 hrs. in Literature)
        • 9 credit hours in Social Sciences (which must include a History and a Psychology course)
        • 3 credit hours in either Fine Arts, Foreign Language, or another Social Science

        All courses must be 100 level or higher and the candidate must have earned a C or better for the course to be accepted. The FSU Graduate Catalog describes these courses in more detail on pages 25-26.

    7. Am I still eligible to apply for financial aid even if I receive the stipend?
    8. Does the resident have the option to pick the school and mentor teacher?
      • The program coordinator and district partners will take candidate circumstances and preferences for location and grade into consideration, but the final decision is based on the needs of the districts.

    9. Is the program in-person or virtual?
      • The program will follow current district policy. If they are teaching in-person then you will be in-person, and if the district is remote then you will be teaching remotely.

  • Teacher-Residency Benefits
    • Residents receive a living stipend of $35,000 during the one-year teacher-residency program, to be paid monthly.
    • Upon successful completion of the program, residents receive a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree.
    • Residents will be eligible for teacher licensure through the Maryland State Department of Education upon successful completion of licensure requirements.
    • Residents will be eligible for consideration for a full-time teaching position in Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) contingent on degree completion with the year-long residency, successful reference and background checks, and an available position.

      Note: While the partner school district cannot guarantee the Teacher-Resident a teaching position, the Teacher-Resident will be well-positioned to be considered a competitive candidate in the hiring process. The hiring of the Teacher-Resident will be subject to the selection and hiring processes of the partner school district, and the Teacher-Resident is responsible for engaging professionally in district processes. Both partnering counties will be aware of the Teacher-Residents. The Residency county will have preference. If a position is not available in any of the program's partner counties, the Maryland Accelerates Residency Program personnel will request additional options through the Department of Education for other approved school districts.

    • As part of the two-year induction program, residents will be provided with support through professional development, mentoring/coaching, and micro-credentialing for recertification and career advancement.
  • Meet The Maryland Accelerates Team


    • Dr. Jennifer Bishoff
      is an Assistant Professor at Frostburg State University in the College of Education as well as the Program Coordinator for the MAT-Secondary Program. She previously taught in Garrett County public schools for over 10 years before beginning her tenure at Frostburg State. Dr. Bishoff has a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from FSU, A Master’s in Chemistry from UNC Wilmington, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from WVU.

    •  Educational Professions Faculty


      Dr. Fannia L. Boayue
      is an Associate Professor at Frostburg State University in the College of Education and serves as the Faculty Lead for the Maryland Accelerates Program.

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      Dr. Christina Durham 
      is a Lecturer at Frostburg State University in the College of Education and serves as the Residency Lead for the Maryland Accelerates Program. She previously taught at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Harford County Public Schools, and Baltimore County Public Schools before beginning her tenure at Frostburg State. Dr. Durham has a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Washington Bible College, A Master’s of Education from Regent University, and a Doctorate of Education from Liberty University.



    • Dr. Jodi Eirich
      is an Associate Professor at Frostburg State University in the College of Education and serves as the Teacher Leader Lead for the Maryland Accelerates Program. She previously taught at Garrett County Public Schools before beginning her tenure at Frostburg State.



    • Annika Many
      is one of the grant managers for Maryland Accelerates working through edBridge Partners. Annika has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an MPA from Pace University.



    • Dr. Kris McGee
      is an Associate Professor at Frostburg State University in the College of Education as well as the MAT-Elementary Program Coordinator for the Maryland Accelerates Program. She previously taught at Washington County Public Schools before beginning her tenure at Frostburg State.



    • Rohit Tandon
      is one of the grant managers for Maryland Accelerates working through edBridge Partners. Rohit has a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Fordham Gabeli School of Business.



    • Dr. Kim Rotruck
      is the Associate Dean of the College of Education as well as the MegaCommunity Coordinator for the Maryland Accelerates Program.



    • Dr. Boyce C. Williams
      is the Dean of the College of Education as well as the Project Investigator for the Maryland Accelerates Program.