Howard County Cohorts

Loyola University Maryland's School of Education has a partnership with Howard County to offer its teachers hybrid and fully online master's degree and certificate graduate options. Students in Howard County are eligible for direct billing.

Cohort Location

Loyola's Columbia Graduate Center
8890 McGaw Rd.
Columbia, MD  21045

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions

Learn more about the benefits and admission process of our graduate programs. Register today! Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with recruiters, complete an application and have the $60 application fee waived!

Cohort Offerings

M.Ed. in Educational Leadership

This program is for educators who wish to become leaders at the school (principal/assistant principal) and/or district level (supervisor, director, assistant superintendent, and superintendent). This 39-credit program will focus on both the theory and practice of contemporary school leadership. The program includes a six-credit internship, through which students have the opportunity to apply experience and further develop their leadership abilities in a real-life education setting.

Program Overview

M.Ed. in Educational Technology

This program is for teachers who wish to expand their use of technology in their own classroom, as well as those wishing to become technology leaders on the school, district, and national levels. This 36-credit program requires an 18-credit technology core, a 3-credit research core, a 12-credit leadership core, and a 3-credit culminating internship. 

Program Overview

M.Ed. in Literacy-Reading Specialist

This 30-credit program is designed for the certified teacher who wishes to be certified by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) as a Reading Specialist based on and aligned to the standards outlined by the International Literacy Association. In this program, you will be prepared to not only meet the needs of struggling literacy learners, but also to assume leadership positions within your school.

Program Overview

M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice

This 33-credit program is designed to help students understand the broader field of education, critically analyze it, and consider it as an instrument of positive change by studying social, cultural, philosophical, and historical issues in and about education within a rapidly changing global society.

Program Overview

Certificate in Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)

This 15-credit fully online certificate is for anyone working with English language learning clients or students. You will develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary for effective expertise in bilingual teaching, learning, and assessment.

Program Overview

Certificate in Administration and Supervision (Post-Master's certification)

This program is for an individual that has obtained a master's degree from an accredited institution and 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance as a specialist. This program provides eligibility for certification as an administrator I (assistant in administration, supervisor in instruction, or supervisor in central administration).

Program Overview

How to Apply

Fall 2022 Scholarship Deadline: June 1

1. Submit the online application for graduate programs.
2. You will receive an email with your login information to complete next steps.
3. Log in and upload supplemental materials, which include submitting your essay and any optional documents (résumé, letter of recommendation).
4. Send official* transcripts or e-scripts of colleges/universities attended to:

Office of Graduate Admission
Timonium Graduate Center
2034 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, MD  21093

For more information or questions regarding Howard County cohorts, please contact us at or 410-617-2990.

*Cohort locations subject to availability


Megan Herman
I chose Loyola due to its focus on students and their whole person. Loyola’s cohort partnership with Montgomery County Public Schools, where I work, made it very convenient to take classes! The professors and internship site supervisors support and guide you through the process of becoming a school leader. Megan Herman
M.Ed. Educational Leadership, '18 Classroom Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools
Eboni Akpan Zook
I like the cohort experience because, throughout my program, I take classes with nearly the same group of peers with whom I started. As we are familiar with each other, we are able to dig deeper into controversial topics and take risks in sharing our thoughts and experiences as educators. Eboni Akpan Zook
M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice, expected '20 Technology Teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools
Nia Wilkes
Because of my degree, my Principal created an instructional technology position for me at my school. I'm so thankful for my experience at Loyola, I'm more knowledgeable, more confident and a leader among my peers. I've made lasting friendships and professional connections. Nia Wilkes
M.Ed. in Educational Technology, '16 Instructional Technology Teacher, Lewisdale Elementary School, Prince George's County