The Teacher Quality in Biology (TQB) Program at UMBC
A Comprehensive Professional Development Program in Modern Biology
for Maryland High School Biology Teachers



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All public and private high school science teachers who teach or plan to teach science in Maryland are eligible to apply. Teachers who currently do not meet the criteria for "highly qualified" as well as those teaching in high-needs districts or schools are particularly encouraged to apply.

On the application you will need to provide information regarding your current teaching assignments as well as information about your educational history. Official college transcripts from all attended colleges/institutions are required. You need to submit a brief essay of 300 words or less that describes how participation in the TQB will benefit your science instruction and how you plan to use the biology knowledge and skills you will gain. The signature or email message of support for your participation from a central office supervisor (science supervisor) is requested . Additionally, a paragraph or email message of support is requested from your school administrator (i.e., school principal). These endorsements can be emailed directly to Jeffrey Jarosz at <> or can be submitted via hard copy on school letterhead to the address listed below.

Pre-Service teachers are also welcome to apply.

A new program will begin in February 2012. Applications will be accepted until January 10, 2012 or until the program is filled. Admission is limited to twenty-two participants.


1. Download and complete the application. If you have Microsoft WORD on your computer, please fill in the application online; then print and either FAX or Mail your application. If you do not have WORD, print your application and fill it in neatly with black pen. Then FAX or mail as follows:

2. To FAX: Jeffrey Jarosz, 410-455-3875

3. To mail. Fold application with pre-paid mailing label out. Tape shut. Mail completed, signed application. All required supplemental documents (transcripts; endorsements; essay) should be mailed directly to:

UMBC - TQB Program/Biological Sciences
ATTN: Jeffrey Jarosz
1000 Hilltop Circle, BS# 477
Baltimore, MD 21250

Don't delay - admission decisions are made on a rolling basis until January 10, 2012 or until the class is full.