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Are you a high school student that is interested in pursuing a teaching career?​​

Attending high school and planning for a future career can be daunting, so we want to make the path to becoming a teacher in Maryland as clear and straightforward as possible. Did you know that nearly all of the Maryland school systems offer a Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) for students interested in the profession?

TAM Programs​

The Teacher Academy of Maryland program prepares students for further education and careers in the education profession. The program focuses on human growth and development through adolescence, teaching as a profession, curriculum and instruction, and an education academy internship. Upon completion of the program and passing the ParaPro test or PRAXIS Core, high school graduates are ready for employment in the teaching profession. This program is based on the outcomes of the Maryland Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree. Students can receive college credit and scholarships to several Maryland baccalaureate teacher education programs.

Choosing your College

When you are choosing your college, remember that there are more than 300 professional educator programs at 23 colleges and universities in Maryland. Whether you enjoy city life, the mountains, or the beach - there are options for you to achieve your dream of becoming a Maryland teacher with a certified program. You can choose from 45 teaching areas, including specialties which are experiencing shortages so your employment options are optimized. You can also go here​ to learn which colleges/universities offer certifications and in which content area. 


Planning on starting at a community college before enrolling in a 4-year college or university?

Consider an Associate of Arts (AAT) program at one of Maryland's two-year community colleges. These programs are designed to link up with four-year programs to provide opportunities to achieve teacher certification. For assistance in finding the right AAT program for you, reach out to the AAT Program Contacts​.


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