The Teacher Academy of Maryland (TAM) program is designed to prepare high school students for further education and careers in the education profession. It aligns with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) and the Maryland Essential Dimensions of Teaching (EdoTs). As students complete this program they will have the opportunity to take industry-recognized certification/credentialing exams and will complete a working portfolio of their experiences.
The program sequences through three rigorous and college level courses, Human Growth and Development through Adolescence, Teaching as a Profession and Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction. The program culminates in the Education Academy Internship class where students integrate content and pedagogical knowledge in an educational area of interest and take the opportunity to extend and apply their knowledge about teaching in a real classroom setting under the supervision of a mentor teacher. Throughout all four courses, students will be exposed to project-based learning and will have several opportunities to conduct observations in different classrooms around the school system. They will also be exposed to various educational careers and will be able to investigate college and industry centered career options. Participation in Educators Rising, formerly Future Teachers of America, is also an interconnected piece of the TAM program. Students who complete the program in good standing may receive articulated credits and scholarships at several Maryland colleges if they attend and major in education. Those schools currently include Towson University, Stevenson University, Coppin State University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Salisbury University, Hood College and College of Southern Maryland.
There are no prerequisites required for this program.
This class is a two-year program.
The number of periods required in a student's schedule to complete this program is as follows:
Year 1 = 2 periods
Year 2 = 3 periods