The Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE) is a collaborative graduate program between Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and the Maryland State Department of Education. Successful completion results in a Master's of Education (M.Ed.) degree and eligibility for a Maryland teaching certificate in grades 1 through 6. Candidates will also be able to acquire an emphasis in special education or teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).  
CITE is a two-year program consisting of coursework and internship experiences. In the first year of the program, interns attend evening graduate classes at the Universities at Shady Grove facility while participating in an internship through employment as a part-time paraeducator with MCPS.  The second year of the program is a teaching residency experience with evening support seminars and specific special education or TESOL focus coursework. Successful completion of the program must occur within the specified two years.  
CITE is designed as a cohort program that allows members to be part of a diverse collaborative team who rely on one another for support and professional development, like a highly functioning grade level team in an elementary school.  
Program Structure
As with all teacher preparation programs at UMCP, CITE prepares reflective practitioners for a pluralistic society through research-based inquiry. Interns preparing to be teachers in the CITE program learn to be reflective, develop a broad repertoire of teaching skills, establish cultural proficiency applications to the classroom, and base their teaching practice on sound theory and research.  The structure of the program is built upon six knowledge areas: curriculum, learners, subject matter, pedagogy, social context, and educational goals and assessment.
Within these areas, CITE incorporates the following principles:
  • Multicultural Philosophy and Education
  • Higher Level Thinking Skills
  • Research: Knowledge, Inquiry and Interpretation
  • Reflection
  • High Leverage Teaching Practices 
  • Team Building and Rapport with Others 
Key Program Components
  • Inclusion of paraeducators, support staff, and other professionals interested in classroom teaching.
  • Opportunities for professional growth in a multicultural community
  • Instruction provided by faculty from UMCP and MCPS
  • Focus instruction on special education or TESOL education to meet student needs
  • Collaborative support from a master teacher, school-based administration, and UMCP faculty
  • Participation in a cohort experience with other CITE participants
  • Experiences in teaching with Montgomery County Public Schools
Admission Requirements 
CITE interns have acquired bachelor’s degrees in a variety of backgrounds and participated in a myriad of professional experiences.  They are employed by Montgomery County Public Schools in a supporting services role.  Formal teaching background is not required, however, it is expected that interns will have experiences working directly with children. Applications and screening are completed by a team of staff members from both MCPS and UMCP.
UMD Graduate School General Requirements
  • A detailed statement of purpose
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate studies
  • An official graduate school application to the University of Maryland at College Park
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with a  3.0 GPA
UMD CITE Program Requirements
  • Three professional recommendations including one from current principal/supervisor.
  • CV/Resume outlining experiences working with children
  • Qualifying scores in one of the following as part of Maryland state requirements for inclusion in a teacher preparation program:  Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Assessment, SAT, ACT, or GRE.
  • Demonstrated completion of math courses for credit that include Number Operations/ Algebra, Geometry, and Probability/Statistics.
UMD/MCPS Requirements for Selected Applicants
  • Completion of an interview by a team from MCPS and UMCP
How to Apply
Please refer to the Guide to Applying for instructions on how to apply for graduate admission. If you have questions or concerns, we ask you to first review our list of  Frequently Asked Questions. International applicants should visit the International admissions webpage for additional information.
For questions about the application process, or to check on the completion of your application, please contact Joy Jones, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, by email at or by phone at (301) 405-3118.
Program Deadlines
December 1, 2017:  priority deadline for all applicants
March 1, 2018:  final deadline for all applications
Please visit the TLPL Admissions Deadlines page for more information.
Advising for Prospective Students
For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the TLPL Graduate Studies Coordinator Ms. Joy Jones at (301) 405-3118 or
Advising for Current Students
For academic advising on the M.Ed. program in Creative Initiatives in Teacher Education (CITE), please contact Carolina Napp Avelli, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland, at
Financial Aid/Scholarships
For more details about the various types of financial assistance offered by the campus please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.
There are also a number of fellowships and scholarships offered through the College of Education, the University, and through external sources which may provide tuition support and/or living allowance. Students must apply for these awards on their own, but the links that follow provide valuable information on searching for fellowships and scholarships. For more information concerning fellowships and scholarships, please visit: