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MCPS: Save on Tuition
with the Pathway Program

Program Benefits
  • $50 Savings
    with App Fee Waiver
  • Pathway to Master's
    at No Tuition Cost to You


Boost your career potential with an affordable pathway to a respected degree.

The Pathway Program provides an opportunity for employees of Montgomery County Public Schools to achieve academic success and advance professional goals. Through this program, you can get on the path to certification by taking undergraduate courses in high-demand content areas and courses toward a Master of Arts in Teaching at University of Maryland Global Campus at no tuition cost to you, up to your employer's annual tuition assistance allowance. Plus, if you're a new student, you can save $50 with our application fee waiver through the program.

Noteworthy program benefits include the following:

  • Specialized undergraduate degree programs and transfer credit review process
  • Free Praxis Prep materials, coaching, and a virtual community board
  • Upon completion of an undergraduate pathway, students will earn 12 graduate credits toward the MAT program
  • MCPS will provide field work/internships to Pathway Program participants so students will be able to complete the MAT program internship while maintaining employment

If you have questions about eligibility information, tuition discounts, or Montgomery County Public Schools' tuition reimbursement policy, please e-mail Brittany Mackel at

Get Support From Dedicated Coaches

When you enroll in the Pathway Program, you'll be assigned a student success coach who will support your academic progress by connecting with you frequently over the phone or by e-mail, depending on your preference.

Pathway Details

Are you seeking teaching certification in a specific subject area? We can help you find the program you need. Take a look at our quick and handy guide through the education pathways offered by MCPS through this program.

The UMGC Experience

We offer the best of both worlds—a convenient online education from a respected state university. Our career-focused degree and certificate programs are designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to become a more valued member of the team. Plus, our courses are specifically created to be delivered within a fully collaborative online classroom that prepares your employees with skills and knowledge.

AAQEP Accreditation (MAT & MEd)

University of Maryland Global Campus is a member in good standing of the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), a national accrediting organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Education in Instructional Technology have been awarded full accreditation by AAQEP through June 30, 2029. Full accreditation acknowledges that a program prepares effective educators who continue to grow as professionals and has demonstrated the commitment and capacity to maintain quality.


Get Started & Register

It’s easy to get started. Whether you're focused on advancing your career or continuing your education, UMGC offers the ideal program to help you reach your goal.


Apply for admission to UMGC: Complete the online application for admission. It typically takes about 10 minutes. Be sure to select your employer or organization on the application form.


Enroll in the pathway program: Complete the following forms and email copies to (The FERPA Release and MCPS Consent forms need to be completed only once. Please complete the MCPS Student Authorization form each term prior to enrollment.)

  • MCPS Student Authorization Form
  • Student Records Release Form
  • MCPS Consent Form

Earn credit for your education and eligible experience: Submit your official transcripts from any previous institutions of higher education.


Register for classes: Once you're admitted to UMGC, you will receive a student ID (EmplID) so you can register for courses online. Check the schedule of classes to view courses, and then register for classes online using the MyUMGC Student Portal.

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Get all of the information you need to begin your undergraduate or graduate program at University of Maryland Global Campus. Please complete and submit the form below. Complete this form to have an advisor contact you.

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