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Prospective Students


We seek high achieving students with a demonstrated aptitude in and passion for STEM disciplines, a strong desire to teach and for social justice, and an openness to exploring and learning from diverse student populations, high-needs school environments, and urban communities.  Scholars value education and life-long learning and believe that all children deserve a quality education. Candidates may be incoming freshmen, transfer students, upperclassmen, or graduate students.

Approved Majors

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Geography and Environmental Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • non-STEM majors for Early Childhood Education certification seekers only

Undergraduate Students

There are numerous options for you to consider!  You may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in one of the disciplines listed above.  UMBC also offers B.A. degrees in physics education and chemistry education for those interested in teaching at the secondary level.  Through Interdisciplinary Studies, you may create your own degree plan based on your specific interests.  This is the path taken by some of our students who want to teach at the pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade level and for those who seek teacher certification in engineering education/technology education.  Finally, you may opt to earn your certification in our undergraduate certificate program or in our graduate Masters of Arts in Teaching program.

Graduate Students

If you have completed your BA or BS in a STEM discipline and want to teach, the Sherman Program will support your endeavors! We are currently seeking students who are entering UMBC’s accelerated or two-year Masters of Arts in Teaching program for initial teacher certification.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student who is planning to pursue a degree in a non-STEM discipline and complete the Teacher Certification Program, please refer to UMBC’s Department of Education Web site for a list of scholarships.