Grow Our Own

Grow Our Own teacher programs and initiatives help address teacher shortages, retention issues, and teacher diversity. Hiring internal candidates who are already living and working in Baltimore County is a great way to ensure quality educators are working in our schools. Motivated, well-qualified candidates are among our own paraprofessional workforce. Similarly, the same opportunity exists with current BCPS students. Identifying various initiatives will support efforts to increase an educator workforce that is representative of the student population BCPS serves as well as promote employee growth and development.

The Office of Certification collaborates with various internal and external partners to create various pathways for potential students and teachers of color to enter a teaching career with BCPS in a manner that best fits their trajectory.

Teacher Fellow Positions (Spring 2023)

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) would like to support paraeducators enrolled in teacher preparation programs and entering their finial internship experience in Spring 2023.  The Teacher Fellow will complete internship requirements while maintaining active employment, compensation, and benefits.  A limited number of positions will be available Spring 2023 and interested paraeducators must complete an application by December 21, 2022 to be considered. 
Teacher Fellow positions are grant funded through the MSDE Leads Grant Program which supports initiatives to grow the pipelines of teachers and provide opportunities for professional support staff to start a teaching career with BCPS.  Interested BCPS paraeducators must meet the following criteria:

Currently employed by BCPS as a Paraeducator in good standing (satisfactory performance appraisal).

Currently enrolled in a baccalaureate teacher preparation program outside of a BCPS sponsored cohort.

Currently in the final year the baccalaureate teacher preparation program and scheduled for graduation at the completion of the Spring 2023 internship experience.

Paraeducators who successfully complete their internship and program requirements may qualify for a teaching position with BCPS upon graduation. 

are due to the Office of Certification by December 21, 2022. 

Early Childhood/Special Education Paraeducator Programs (Spring 2023)

The Early Childhood/Special Education (ECE/SP ED) program at Bowie State University offers an intense three and half (3 ½) OR five (5) year course plan where candidates can complete the requirements for certification. The successful candidate for this program will have already attained an AA or AAT or at least sixty (60) or more transferable university or college credits units. The remaining courses to meet the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Special Education, are arranged for the cohort.  The Bowie State University application deadline is January 6, 2023

Program Information Sheets
ECE/SP ED Paraeducator Program - 3 1/2 year track
ECE/SP ED Paraeducator Program - 5 year track

If you are interested in learning more about the programs, please see the Information Sessions flyer and Registration Link

Information sessions are scheduled:

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Tuesday, December 13, 2022 from 5:00pm to 6:00pm  NEW!

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