The Center for Security Studies at University of Maryland Global Campus is seeking qualified and creative K-12 STEM teachers with an interest in earning a graduate certificate in Cybersecurity Technology or Cybersecurity Management and Policy to apply for the K-12 Cybersecurity Certificate Scholarship.

Scholarship Details

Through this program, the Center for Security Studies is offering up to five scholarships—which include full tuition, fees, and a $6,000 stipend—to K-12 computer science or science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers in public, private, or charter schools in Maryland. Preference will be given to applicants who have participated in programs such as UMGC's GenCyber 2019 Teacher Camp.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be expected to attend the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education K-12 Conference, or a similar, cybersecurity-related K-12 conference, and will be strongly encouraged to submit a proposal and/or present at the conference.

The courses for the UMGC certificate required for this program can be completed in one year on a part-time basis and entirely online from anywhere in the United States. Additional time may be needed (either virtually or on-site) to complete the other scholarship requirements noted below.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must

  • Be a current K-12 computer science or STEM teacher, with a minimum of one year of experience

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

  • Meet UMGC's Graduate School admission requirements (see UMGC's Graduate Admissions Policy for details)

  • Meet the criteria for a waiver of CBR 600 (see sections II.B and II.C of our Graduate Transfer Credit Evaluation and Appeal Process Policy for details)

  • Have strong communication skills (as demonstrated by answers to essay questions)

  • Have a strong commitment to taking cyber courses and continuing teaching responsibilities (as demonstrated in an interview, letter of reference from a school administrator, and statement of commitment upon acceptance into program)

A background in cybersecurity, information assurance, or digital forensics is not required. However, it is considered a plus. Curriculum development skills are also considered a plus.

Application Instructions

Combine the following documents into one PDF (named "k12cert-lastname.pdf") and send the file as an e-mail to no later than September 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.:

  • Completed scholarship application form

  • A 250–500-word essay or 2-minute video answering the following:

    • Why should you be chosen to receive this opportunity?

    • What makes you stand out from your peers?

    • Describe your contributions to the cybersecurity field (volunteer work, articles, etc.) and any other cyber-related hobbies or extracurricular activities you enjoy, and what they mean to you.

    • How have you incorporated cybersecurity concepts into the courses you teach, or how will you incorporate these concepts in the future?

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

  • An unofficial academic transcript(s) showing a 3.0 minimum GPA; an official transcript is needed for Graduate School admission upon acceptance into the program

If you choose to submit a video in place of the essay, please type the link to your video and include that in the PDF.

Reference Letter

You will also need one letter of reference (on letterhead) from a current or former school administrator who can evaluate your aptitude for mastering and applying cybersecurity concepts, research, and teaching. This letter must be e-mailed directly to from the school administrator's e-mail address.

Other Application Information and Requirements

  • Applicants who are finalists may be required to have an in-person or virtual interview with the selection committee.

  • Incomplete application packages will not be considered. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • All decisions of the selection committee will be final.

  • Accepted applicants will sign a statement of commitment upon acceptance into the program.

  • Those selected for the program will be required to submit an application to UMGC's Graduate School.

Continuing Eligibility

If you are selected to receive the scholarship, you must do the following by November 2020:

  • Complete either CMP 610 or CST 610 (depending on the certificate selected) in your first term with a grade of "B" or better

  • Complete either CMP 620 or CST 620 (depending on the certificate selected) in your second term with a grade of "B" or better

  • Attend and/or present at a notable K-12 cybersecurity-related conference (possible conferences are NICE K-12 and Community College Cyber Summit; other conferences may be considered as alternatives with approval by the program director)

  • Complete one-year of service on the NICE K-12 working group or a comparable service-oriented responsibility that must be approved by the program director

  • Create a relevant K-12 cybersecurity curriculum project/module within the program under the guidance of the program director.


Contact Information

For inquiries, please contact Jennifer Hull at or via telephone at 240-684-2432.


Funded by Cybersecurity National Action Plan ("CNAP") Investment in Expansion of CAE-CD Education Programs – Annex II. Grant Number H98230-19-1-0312