Goucher College is working in partnership with Harford County Schools to sponsor education cohorts on site within HCPS! Courses may be taken for a master's degree, certificate renewal, a +30 program, or a post-master's professional development certificate. Enrollment in the master's program is not required.

  • You may take a single course or a whole program! You decide what you want to do.
  • Goucher College's direct billing agreement with HCPS minimizes out of pocket expenses for eligible teachers. 

For more information on these courses, click here for a complete class schedule.

Open Cohorts

At-Risk and Diverse Learners At-Risk and Diverse Learners

Teachers interested in exploring forces and influences at play in the lives of at-risk students as well as strategies to help students become less vulnerable and more resilient will find this program invaluable.   It is geared toward helping participants better understand and guide a growing population of psychologically and sociologically disrupted students to become more productive and successful learners. The courses in this cohort can be applied to either the M.Ed. or Professional Development Certificate.  Many students choose to concentrate in the elective courses, taking reading courses, courses,courses from the literacy strategies specialization, or special education courses to add a special education endorsement to their teaching certificate. 

Reading Literacy Strategies for Content Learning

Designed to address the Common Core State Standards and empower ALL teachers to use proven, effective, reading-writing-listening-speaking-thinking strategies to improve student performance in the content they teach. Intended specifically to meet the goal of content teachers to help students learn the content they teach! Strategies presented in this program can be used to help students read, write and think like scientists, historians and mathematicians etc. as well as listen and speak as competent learners in any area of study.

Reading Reading Instruction (Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist Endorsement)

This cohort is designed to help every teacher be a better teacher of reading and use reading as a strategy in increasing content learning.  It also supports county efforts to prepare literacy professionals who will provide leadership for the school reading program.  The Reading Instruction cohort can lead to reading teacher endorsement (12 credits required) or reading specialist certification (through the Master's Degree or Professional Development Certificate).  Classroom teachers and special educators alike find this program to be of tremendous benefit in their classrooms.

 School Improvement Leadership

The purpose of the school improvement leadership cohort is to develop innovative leaders who demonstrate high level skills in leading change and in establishing and sustaining a positive school culture. The cohort leads to Administrator 1 certification through completion of either the M.Ed. or, for those with earned master's degrees, the Professional Development Certificate  

 Special Education for Certified Teachers

A need exists for regular education teachers to learn more about exceptionalities and how disabilities impact the acquisition of knowledge. Content area certified teachers need a broader knowledge base, skills and dispositions in order to effectively teach students with disabilities. This program is designed to address this need.