Maryland Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

This guide to teacher preparation programs in Maryland is designed for aspiring teachers looking to obtain a teaching degree in the state. There are several teaching schools in Maryland that prepare students for a career in the classroom as well as for advanced educator positions. Scroll down to find more information on the various options for teaching degrees in Maryland as well as a table of top-rated teaching programs, a list of accredited teacher preparation programs, and student reviews. Whether you’re a first-time college student or just looking to change careers, this guide can help you find a program that is right for your personal career goals as a future educator.

Quick Facts

  • There are 36 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Maryland.1
  • 17 colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree in education.*1
  • 17 colleges and universities offer a bachelor’s degree in education.*1
  • 19 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.*1
  • 3 schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2017.2
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Graduate Education Programs in 2017.3
  • 2 schools ranked in US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs in 2017.4
  • 16 not-for-profit teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP.

*For not-for-profit colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Top-Ranked Schools with Education Programs in Maryland

Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges 2017*

  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland (#45 in-state, #57 out-of-state)
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County (#67 in-state, #63 out-of-state)
  • University of Maryland-College Park (#8 in-state, #10 out-of-state)

*Institution-wide ranking.

US News Best Graduate Education Programs 2017

  • Johns Hopkins University (#6)
  • University of Maryland-College Park (#32)
  • Towson University (#135)

US News Best Online Graduate Education Programs 2017

  • Towson University (#66)
  • McDaniel College (#155)

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Bowie State University
  • Coppin State University
  • Frostburg State University
  • Hood College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • McDaniel College
  • Morgan State University
  • Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Salisbury University
  • Stevenson University
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland-College Park
  • University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • University of Maryland University College

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

Comparison of Teacher Preparation Programs

We have designed the following table to help you compare teacher preparation programs in Maryland according to various factors. All of the schools included are not-for-profit institutions approved by the Maryland State Department of Education for the preparation of teachers. Completing a state-approved teacher preparation program is an important step towards earning licensure.

While accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) is not a requirement for licensure, it is included in the following table as CAEP provides a highly-regarded accreditation that is accepted in many states. We have also included rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), a research and policy group that scores teacher preparation programs at the national level using key standards chosen to measure students’ preparation for success in teaching. For further information on the NCTQ’s program rankings, please see the notes below the table.

You will also find data on teacher preparation program enrollment, completion, and licensing exam pass rates by institution for the 2014-2015 academic year in this table. These data points are collected from annual US Department of Education records under Title II (Teacher Quality) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which provides for reporting that holds institutions and state departments of education accountable for increasing academic achievement through improvements in teacher quality.

Programs that are not ranked, or for which data is not available, in a given category are denoted as “-“.

State-Approved SchoolCAEP Accred.?5NCTQ Undergrad Elementary Prog. % (2016)**6NCTQ Undergrad Secondary Prog. % (2017)**6Teacher Prep Prog. Enrollment7Teacher Prep Prog. Completers7Licensing Exams Pass Rate7Net Price***1
Bowie State UniversityYes2315898%$13,200
Coppin State UniversityYes4619100%$8,786
Frostburg State UniversityYes38012798%$13,208
Goucher CollegeNo57%28%17331100%$32,134
Hood CollegeYes34%71%6641100%$23,888
Johns Hopkins UniversityNo11349100%$27,352
Loyola University MarylandYes1439799%$34,152
Maryland Institute College of ArtNo828100%$41,889
McDaniel CollegeYes10135100%$23,329
Morgan State UniversityYes29%28%2301582%$15,909
Mount St. Mary’s UniversityYes685598%$30,412
Notre Dame of Maryland UniversityYes37632698%$20,418
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins UniversityNo269
Salisbury UniversityYes89%367224100%$17,678
Stevenson UniversityYes21%24844100%$27,686
St. Mary’s College of MarylandNo229100%$19,711
Towson UniversityYes92%123160498%$15,597
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyYes70%43310299%$15,349
University of Maryland-College ParkYes98%305295100%$15,757
University of Maryland-Eastern ShoreYes57%2320100%$14,454
University of Maryland University CollegeYes18948100%$12,483
Washington Adventist UniversityNo983$19,420
Washington CollegeNo1115100%$32,658

*The NCTQ rated undergraduate elementary teaching programs in 2016 and undergraduate secondary teaching programs in 2017 by national percentile based on their overall scores on the NCTQ’s standards for teacher education. Schools that do not provide data on all key standards or that fall below the top 50% of schools nationally are not included by the NCTQ in their ratings. Visit the NCTQ website for more information on its standards and methodologies.
**Net price is per year for undergraduate tuition as calculated by the National Center for Education Statistics based on the cost of attendance (tuition, books, room and board, and related expenses) for students who qualify for in-state tuition and fees, less the average financial aid award (including grants and scholarships).

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

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University of Maryland: The University of Maryland offers first-rate educational programs for students matriculating majors within the educational industry. The UM College of Education offers quality coursework and student learning experiences grounded in intensive research and best practices formed through years of experience. The College consists of the following departments: Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education; Human Development and Quantitative Methodology; and Teaching, Learning, Policy, and Leadership. The National Council accredits all educational programs for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Maryland State Department of Education, American Psychological Association, Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Professions, and Council on Rehabilitation Education. The College’s programs are highly ranked as stated by US News & World Report including the number one ranked Department of Counseling and Personnel Services. Other highly ranked programs include Educational Psychology, Higher Education Administration, and Rehabilitation Counseling.

Coppin State University: Coppin State University’s School of Education is located in Baltimore, Maryland. The School has been accredited consecutively since 1962 and continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation for a rigorous curriculum and outstanding results for students. The CSU Department of Education has a very rich history of educating the best teachers in the state and country. The Department was founded in 1900 serving the needs of aspiring teachers in Baltimore City. The Department’s mission is to build and train leaders that are second to none at facilitating the learning process to students of all ages and abilities. The faculty and staff members of the CSU Department of Education strongly feel the best educators are excellent planners, cogent communicators, reflective decision makers and lifelong learners. The academic units making up the School of Education include Adult and General Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Health and Human Performance, and Special Education. Degrees are readily available at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Maryland

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Maryland

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Anne Arundel Community College*
101 College Pkwy
Arnold, MD 21012-1895
(410) 777-2222

Bowie State University
14000 Jericho Park Rd
Bowie, MD 20715-9465
(301) 860-4000

Cecil College*
One Seahawk Dr
North East, MD 21901-1999
(410) 287-6060

Coppin State University
2500 West North Ave
Baltimore, MD 21216-3698
(410) 951-3000

Frederick Community College*
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702-2964
(301) 846-2400

Harford Community College*
401 Thomas Run Rd
Bel Air, MD 21015-1698
(410) 836-4000

Hood College
401 Rosemont Ave
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 663-3131

Student Review: “I really enjoyed my time at Hood College in their Teacher Preparation program. It was very clear that the professors were knowledgeable and well connected to the school systems in the state of Maryland and also in D.C. The professors were engaged in the community which significantly supported the experiences that I was able to have, while attending as a member of the program. The professors also cared so deeply for each student, as Hood is a smaller college. This allowed me to schedule one on one time with them as needed to get any of my questions answered and to support my development as an educator. I loved that you are able to start field experience right away, giving you more time in the classroom and more time to observe others who excel at this craft. The hands on teaching experiences that were arranged for me were so valuable and have helped me get to where I am in my career today.” -Student at Hood College

Johns Hopkins University
3400 N Charles St Mason Hall
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688
(410) 516-8000

Student Review: “It was an online program which made it a little more difficult to cultivate strong relationships with individuals; other than that, however, I really enjoyed my time as a student at Johns Hopkins. The courses were rigorous, the professors were very responsive, and I learned a lot about the field of education and about teaching. What I liked most about the program was that it was fur current teachers. For that reason, a lot of what we had to do in “class” were case studies of students that we were working with. Therefore, I was able to use my graduate program to connect more with my students and to create in-depth analyses of what we were learning in school.” -Student at Johns Hopkins University

Loyola College of Maryland
4501 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
(410) 617-2000

Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mount Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217-4134
(410) 669-9200

McDaniel College
2 College Hill
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 848-7000

Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Ln
Baltimore, MD 21251-0001
(443) 885-3333

Mount St. Mary’s University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
Emmitsburg, MD 21727-7799
(301) 447-6122

Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210-2476
(410) 435-0100

Salisbury University
1101 Camden Ave
Salisbury, MD 21801-6862
(410) 543-6000

Towson University
8000 York Rd
Towson, MD 21252-0001
(410) 704-2000

Student Review: “Since enrolling at Towson University to major in teaching, I can truly say that I have grown, not only intelligence wise, but I’ve grown as a human being. That may sound like a corny line, but it’s the truth and I give all credit to my professors who did an amazing job teaching their curriculum. While the curriculum itself is very challenging at times, I find that once I do well on a homework assignment or an exam, it really feels rewarding and has me feeling good about myself. I will be graduating from college this May and I’m actually somewhat disappointed. The professors and students I have met while attending Towson University have transformed me into the person I am today. I entered Towson as an immature boy, unsure of what my future held and I am leaving a man, who is confident in his abilities to apply what I learned and help others get to the point where I am.” -Brendan M., student at Towson University

University of Maryland-Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
(410) 455-1000

University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1000

University of Maryland-Eastern Shore
J.T. Williams Hall
Princess Anne, MD 21853-1299
(410) 651-2200

Washington Adventist University
7600 Flower Ave
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(800) 835-4212

An asterisk (*) denotes a two-year or certificate program in education. While a two-year degree will not qualify graduates for teacher certification, it can be a good starting point for a teaching career. To learn more about what you can do with this degree, see our guide to associate’s degrees in education.

1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Kiplinger’s Best College Values: https://www.kiplinger.com/tool/college/T014-S001-kiplinger-s-best-values-in-public-colleges/
3. 2017 US News Best Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/edu-rankings
4. 2017 US News Best Online Graduate Education Schools: https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/rankings
5. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP): http://caepnet.org/provider-search
6. National Council on Teacher Quality 2014-2016 Teacher Preparation Program Review: https://www.nctq.org/review/home
7. US Department of Education 2016 Title II Reports: https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Home.aspx