About STEM Education at UMBC

As a dynamic public research university, UMBC integrates teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. Our emphasis on science and engineering with a liberal arts foundation makes us uniquely positioned to serve the P-20 community. UMBC has been among the K-16 leaders in Maryland working with public and private universities to produce more teachers for Maryland public schools, especially those identified as high-need, and is committed to continuing that leadership into the future by way of instruction, research and service activities.

We are particularly committed to educating and preparing teachers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and currently offer a wide range of academic programs for undergraduates and graduate students, as well as professional development opportunities for more experienced educators. In addition to the existing STEM teacher activities presently underway, a recent grant from the University System of Maryland, with support from the National Science Foundation, is assisting in the development of new STEM teacher education pathways. In total, UMBC offers teacher education opportunities in the fields of biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, technology, earth and space science, physical science and interdisciplinary studies.

UMBC offers programs of study leading to teacher certification recognized in Maryland and many other states. Our programs are NCATE and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved. In addition, the STEM-focused programs adhere to the standards set forth by the respective national associations:

We encourage you to explore this site to learn more about the many STEM teacher education opportunities available at UMBC. To speak with someone directly, please contact us. We welcome your inquiries about the exciting possibilities.

"Our mission is to produce outstanding teachers and offer resources and opportunities that will assist educators in enriching the lives of students from early childhood education through college."

Freeman A. Hrabowski, III

President, UMBC