MS in Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities – Montgomery County Schools Collaboration Certification Program

Montgomery County Schools Collaboration Program

The School of Education is collaborating with the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) system in Maryland to train and create a pipeline for paraeducator’s to become highly qualified special education teachers for Montgomery County.  A two-year program has been developed to accommodate paraeducator’s professional needs and schedule.

Special Education Teacher Immersion Training (SET-IT) Program

The program provides students with the following:

  • Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in mild to moderate disabilities
  • Eligibility for generic special education certification at the Elementary/Middle School (grades 1-8) OR Secondary/Adult Level (grades 6-12)
  • Two year course of study delivered in a prescribed series of courses within the special education program in collaboration with MCPS
  • Extensive supervision from the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) Program Coordinator, JHU faculty and university supervisors as well as MCPS educators throughout the program
  • Internships will be allowed during the paraeducator’s spring semesters in their place of employment
  • Salary and benefits as a MCPS paraeducator (employee); partial tuition support

The program is designed for applicants who:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree but are not certified in special education
  • Are not currently employed as classroom teachers in MCPS

SET-IT Program Summary

Students in the SET-IT program option may have classroom experience. They may also be employed by MCPS as special education paraeducators. They are allowed to do internships experiences in their current work site. Students in the SET IT program receive salary and full benefits as a paraeducator with MCPS and receive partial tuition reimbursement -by MCPS during the two years of study. Applicants do not need to be current MCPS paraeducators. Applicants should apply to the Master of Science in Special Education with a concentration in Mild/Moderate Disabilities program. Questions? Contact Dr. Laurie deBettencourt.

Josh Fernandez
Special Education Teacher
Montgomery County Public Schools

 “Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) provided me with an invaluable, relevant, and diverse education through my master’s program. As a special education teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools, I‘ve  benefited greatly from the  knowledge and experiences gained from my time with JHU. I fully recommend JHU SOE to all prospective or rising special educators.”

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