What is the Pathway to Teaching program?

There are many avenues that you can follow toward certification as a teacher. One way is through the Alternative Pathway, which can save you time and money as you explore the teaching profession and/or begin to change careers.

Boards of Education sometimes hire people in areas of special need. You must meet certain requirements including possession of a bachelor’s degree and a major concentration, or 36 credits in a content area like math or biology, for example.

What do I have to do to participate?

Go to the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) website. Depending upon whether you are currently teaching or considering joining the teaching profession, the MSDE Certification Branch website provides the most current requirements needed to join the profession.

What are the teacher education courses I will need to take?

Currently the following courses are required by MSDE:

For certification in Secondary Education

EDTR 107 — Introduction to Special Education
EDTR 215 — Educational Psychology
PSYC 219 — Adolescent Psychology
EDTR 250 — Assessment for Secondary Teachers
EDTR 251 — Methods of Teaching: Secondary
EDTR 252 — Reading in the Content Area I
EDTR 253 — Reading in the Content Area II

For certification in Special Education-Secondary Education

EDTR 103 — Principles of Human Growth and Development
EDTR 107 — Introduction to Special Education
EDTR 214 — Parent, Teacher, Community Relations
PSYC 219 — Adolescent Psychology
EDTR 250 — Assessment for Secondary Teachers
EDTR 251 — Methods of Teaching for Secondary Teachers
EDTR 252 — Reading in the Content Area I
EDTR 253 — Reading in the Content Area II
EDTR 261 — Evaluation of the Exceptional Child
EDTR 262 — Educational Planning for the Exceptional Child
EDTR 265 — Pre-Vocational and Vocational Methods

Please note: The Early Childhood Education and the Elementary Education pathway courses are no longer offered.

Is there a designated sequence to taking these courses?

For the reading courses, yes. EDTR 252 must be taken before EDTR 253 for secondary education candidates. For EDTR 103, 107, 215 and PSYC 219, PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for all candidates. For the other courses, only college-wide prerequisites apply, but if you are already working in a school setting, especially if you are a provisional teacher with no pedagogy courses, it is recommended that you take the methods and assessment courses first.

Does CCBC offer student teaching?

No. We have internship courses for transfer students, but these are not student teaching. We can, however, refer you to a four-year institution for student teaching information.

Does this mean that CCBC will get me a teaching job?

No. All of this is meant to prepare you to begin working as a provisional teacher. The Community College of Baltimore County cannot guarantee that a Board of Education will need people in any areas, so there is no guarantee of a job associated with this program. However, the current teacher shortage increases school systems’ need to hire people on a Provisional Certificate. All final hiring decisions remain with the local board of education.

Do I need to wait until I have a job to start this program?

No. You may choose to take some or all of the required courses before you ever apply for a teaching position. You may find that you are better prepared if you take a great number or all of your courses before you start to teach.

Is this an easy way to become a certified teacher?

There is no easy way to become a teacher. Teaching is a career choice that requires careful consideration and honest self-examination to determine if you have the disposition and patience to work with young people. You will have to make a special effort to learn as you work, what traditional teacher education students had the opportunity to learn during their undergraduate college education.

Is there anything else I should know?

If you have a Bachelor's degree, you might want to pursue a traditional program toward a Master's degree. Several programs are available in this area. Your education faculty advisor will be happy to talk to you about this option. In the current Maryland system, you will be expected to earn a Master’s degree as part of your continuing education after you have the Standard Professional Certificate I.

For more information, contact one of the following:

Linda Gronberg-Quinn
Director, Teacher Education
CCBC Dundalk
Phone: 443.840.3139 and 443.840.4153
Email: lgronberg@ccbcmd.edu

Danielle Holland
Coordinator, Teacher Education
CCBC Essex
Phone: 443.840.1573
Email: dholland@ccbcmd.edu

Theresa Robinson
Coordinator, Teacher Education
CCBC Catonsville
Phone: 443.840.4441
Email: trobinson@ccbcmd.edu