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Master of Science in Special Education – Mild to Moderate Disabilities (SET-IT Cohort)
The Johns Hopkins School of Education is collaborating with the Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) system in Maryland to train and create a pipeline for paraeducators to become highly qualified special education teachers for Montgomery County. The Special Education Teacher Immersion Training (SET-IT) Program is a two-year program that leads to a Master of Science in Special Education: Mild to Moderate Disabilities and accommodates MCPS paraeducators’ and other permanent employees’ professional needs and schedule.
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 Program coordinator, faculty, and supervisors as well as MCPS educators throughout the program
- Internships will be allowed during the employee’s spring semesters in their place of employment
- Salary and benefits as a MCPS 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
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.