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Don't miss this award-winning film!

Widely acclaimed by the media, the provocative documentary raises questions about the current U.S. educational system and its reliance on test scores to determine success.

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Become a teacher in 10 months!

Earn your M.A.T. in just 10 months and intern in a school your first semester! This M.A.T. is ideal for career changers and recent graduates.

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Governor names dean to P-20 Council

Sr. Sharon Slear will work with the group to improve educational access as well as the quantity and quality of our state's teachers.

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About the School

For more than 120 years, Notre Dame has educated teachers who lead, prepare and transform their students every day.

We understand that education isn't just a job—it's a vocation that leads to personal fulfillment, professional development and social responsibility.

Notre Dame is the top provider of initially certified teachers among private colleges in Maryland, and a top producer of Teachers of the Year. We welcome experienced teachers who wish to earn a master's degree, as well as women and men who seek to change their career—in less than a year! Our unique Accelerated Certification in Teaching and 10-month Masters of Arts programs prepare passionate, award-winning educators who have gone on to teach throughout the state, across the country and around the world.

Our flexible programs allow students to attend classes at convenient off-site locations, including Anne Arundel Community College, University Center in Aberdeen, and the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center (SMHEC), as well as our Charles Street campus.

Find out what Notre Dame's School of Education can do for you. For more information on our programs, click the PROGRAMS tab at the top of the page.

Notre Dame Leads in STEM Education

A recent article in the Washington Post made the provocative statement that "We don’t need more STEM majors. We need more STEM majors with liberal arts training." The point was that the ability to draw from other disciplines makes better scientists.

At Notre Dame of Maryland University, we wholeheartedly agree. And that's our approach to STEM education: a strong liberal arts foundation enriches the pursuit of scientific knowledge. 

Notre Dame is a leader in STEM education. In the critical shortage area of STEM-trained K–8 teachers, Notre Dame prepares more STEM teachers than any other Maryland university. Notre Dame is endorsed by the Maryland State Department of Education as a leader in developing progressive STEM programs.

Here are two examples:

  • Notre Dame’s STEM Summer Institute is a popular destination for teachers who want to hone their skills. The STEM Summer Institute is a week-long, graduate-level program that provides teachers with the resources, knowledge, and methodology to engage their students with subject matter related to natural resources. This interdisciplinary program is a great opportunity for teachers of all grade levels and disciplines.
  • Notre Dame’s STEM Summer Camp is a program for students who want to have fun while exploring their budding interests in science, technology, engineering, and math. Each day, campers are introduced to a new STEM concept within the theme of "Space" and participate in hands-on learning. Campers work in small groups with counselors who are pre-service or in-service teachers enrolled in a School of Education degree program. See photos from our 2015 Summer Camp!

School of Education in the News

The School of Education's Ryan Schaaf facilitated a large webinar entitled Making School a Game Worth Playing: Digital Games in the Classroom through Edweb.net, a game-based learning community of over 10,000 members. The webinar was attended by over 200 participants. To review online materials and the webinar recording, please visit http://home.edweb.net/making-schools-a-game-worth-playing-digital-games-in-the-classroom/.

Reinventing Learning for the Always-On GenerationOver the summer, Reinventing Learning for the Always-On Generation was released. It was written by NDMU's own Ryan Schaaf, as well as Ian Jukes, and Nicky Mohan. The book helps cultivate effective 21st century classrooms. Teachers and administrators must respond to the digital bombardment students face to ensure their success in the 21st century world. Explore the differences in students’ neurological processing from previous generations, investigate the nine critical attributes of digital learners, and discover practical strategies for making learning relevant, engaging, and fun through digital activities.Please visit the publisher's page for more details.

Baynet.com, NDMU alum named Charles County's 2015 Vice Principal of the Year, Louis D’Ambrosio, a vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School, is the 2015 Charles County Public Schools Vice Principal of the Year. He was selected for the annual honor for his passion for working with children and commitment to education. D’Ambrosio has served as a vice principal at Diggs since 2011. He was recently appointed as principal at Arthur Middleton Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.He earned a certificate in advanced study in education from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

Baltimore Sun, Notre Dame Grad Named Harford County's Teacher of the YearDespite being with the school system for just two years, NDMU grad Laura Potter won the title of 2015-2016 Harford County Teacher of the Year, beating out four other educators who have served HCPS far longer. The C. Milton Wright High School teacher, who still loves coming to work every day after 11 years on the job, believes every student is a mathematician, urges her students to "be a miracle grower, not a lumberjack" and reminds them that "peace in the world starts with peace in your heart."

Capital Gazette, Notre Dame Grad Selected for National Geographic Fellowship, Tema Encarnación, who earned her master's degree at NDMU, recently was named a 2015 Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow and will travel for two weeks aboard a research vessel to Iceland and Greenland.. She is one of only 35 teachers selected in the United States and Canada. She is an English as a Second Language teacher at Glen Burnie High School.

Baltimore Sun, A cheaper alternative for developing new teachers, a letter to the editor by Gary L. Thrift, Ph.D., chair and associate professor in the School of Education, about Notre Dame's Graduate Education Internship (GEI), a fast-paced program designed to tap into the vast pool of talented college graduates and career changers who expressed a strong desire to teach in an urban environment.

The Catholic Review, Schools collaborate to improve Catholic Education, an article that features Sharon Slear, SSND, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, speaking about Operation TEACH (Teachers Enlisted to Advance Catholic Heritage), a two-year post-graduate service program in its 13th year. The article also features photos of two Operation TEACH graduates who now teach at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen School: Jill Emerson, left, who teaches fourth grade, and Carolyn Summers, right, who teachers seventh and eighth grades.