Frequently Asked Questions

UMES at the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Prospective Student FAQs

Current/Returning Student FAQs

Prospective Student FAQs

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How much is tuition?  Does UMES offer a payment plan option?

UMES offers competitive tuition rates with payment plan options available. For more information please visit this link and see the section titled “Off-Site/Satellite Sites” and look under Part-Time students.

What is the delivery format of the UMES CTE, WBL, and PTE courses?

Most CTE graduate, WBL endorsement, and PTE certification courses are offered in an online synchronous and asynchronous format with condensed winter and summer courses also available. The EDTE 445 or CTED 655 courses for the WBL endorsement require in-person attendance for industry visits in the Baltimore region during the condensed summer session. These in person industry visits are required to meet the COMAR regulations for the WBL endorsement. We work with students to make our courses accessible to those at a distance. Please contact us for more details to discuss course options and a plan of study.

Does UMES offer graduate and undergraduate course options?

Yes, we offer both.

What is the typical length of the courses offered?

Courses typically range from 16 week semesters (fall and spring) to condensed 10 week summer sessions as well as more intensive one week summer or winter sessions. Our courses are designed specifically with full time working teachers in mind. The semester long classes help to provide a manageable course workload for full time working teachers.

How can I enroll in classes?

Before applying or enrolling, please use our contact form on the home page to contact the correct person so they can ensure you are enrolling in the correct courses. Also see our enrollment page for more information.

Who should I contact about taking courses?

Before applying or enrolling, please use our contact form on the home page or the list below to contact the correct person so they can ensure you are enrolling in the correct courses. Also see our enrollment page for more information.

Undergraduate courses – Marianne Hollerbach (mhollerbach@umes.edu)

Graduate courses – JoAnn Eliff (jenorris@umes.edu)

Program questions and other inquiries – Dr. Tyler Love (tslove@umes.edu)

Can UMES serve students without a postsecondary degree?

Yes, you do not need a bachelor’s degree to take courses. Students can take classes at the undergraduate level.  Contact Marianne Hollerbach at mhollerbach@umes.edu for more information on the undergraduate level courses and programs we offer.

Are UMES courses focused on a unique content area for a specific audience?

Our courses are specific to CTE, WBL, and T&E.

Are UMES’s courses continuing education courses?

No, they are MSDE approved for university credit.

Does UMES offer courses for certification?

Yes, we offer undergraduate and graduate level courses for teaching certification.

Do the courses for PTE certification need to be completed in a specific sequence?

No, but certain courses are only offered during specific semesters as indicated on the PTE certification webpage. Please pay close attention to the deadline specified on your MSDE evaluation which indicates when the PTE certification requirements must be met. It is important to look ahead at UMES’s PTE certification course schedule for upcoming semesters. Please contact us to set up a plan of study with you.

Does UMES offer any specific endorsements?

Yes, we offer all three courses required to earn the Work-Based Learning endorsement from the Maryland State Department of Education. We offer these courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Do the courses for WBL endorsement need to be completed in a specific sequence?

No, but certain courses are only offered during specific semesters as indicated on the WBL endorsement webpage.

Are there scholarships available if I teach in MD but live out of state?

Career and Technology Education Studies at UMES has a special scholarship program for teachers who live out of state but teach in a Maryland school system. After you register for courses in HawkWeb please notify our office of your out of state status and what courses you registered for. We will submit the forms to help you obtain a scholarship to adjust your tuition to the in-state rate.

How do I obtain Financial Aid?

Our office at BMI does not handle financial aid directly. You will need to call the main campus at 410-651-6172 or visit the UMES Office of Financial Aid webpage.

When are UMES’s courses taught?

Courses are tailored toward working teachers and offered at night or sometimes on Saturdays.

Does UMES accept transfer courses from other institutions?

Courses are evaluated on a case by case basis, contact us to request a transfer evaluation. A maximum of six graduate credits can be considered for transfer into UMES toward the Master’s in CTE degree.

Who teaches the courses at UMES?

Faculty with terminal degrees in CTE related fields, experienced K-12 teachers, and K-12 administrators teach in our program.

Current and Returning Student FAQs

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How do I set up my student account?

If you are a new student, as soon as you receive your student ID number from our office go to https://my.umes.edu/. Click on “New Student? Creat an account.” You will create a username (first initial, middle initial, last name is preferable) and a password (use UMES criteria) that will allow you access to HawkWeb, Canvas, etc. It may take several hours (or overnight) before your account is activated. Once activated, go to www.umes.edu/MyUMES and login. If you need further assistance with setting up your account please go to https://help.umes.edu or call the help desk at 410-651-8324.

What do I do if I forgot my password?

If you are a current or former student and you already have an account but forget your login information, please go to https://my.umes.edu/. Click on “Forgot Password”. If you continue to encounter issues please go to https://help.umes.edu or call the help desk at 410-651-8324 if you need further assistance.

What does term activation mean?

Term activation is required before you can register for courses during any semester. Your advisor (Dr. Love) will term activate you. If you have not been term activated and are trying to enroll in courses please contact us. If you skip a semester you will need to request that you be term activated for the semester when you are readmitted. Not being term activated is the reason why many error messages occur when you first attempt to register for classes. Our office can help you to resolve this issue.

How do I obtain scholarship funding if I teach in a MD school system?

After you register for courses in HawkWeb please notify our office of your out of state status and what courses you registered for. We will submit the forms to help you obtain a scholarship to adjust your tuition to the in-state rate. This can take about three weeks. When you register and arrange for payment for classes, you must use the “deferred payment” option. This allows you to pay part of your tuition up front and the remaining balance over the rest of the semester. It also provides time for your tuition to be adjusted to the in-state rate. Once the tuition rate is adjusted you can pay the balance due (or you may continue to pay using the deferred payment plan). This process must be completed for each semester that you live out of state. If at any time you move in-state please submit the Change of Information form and the Residency Petition form to the Registrar’s Office. You must also change your Driver’s License to be considered in-state (you need a valid Maryland Driver’s License for one-year before you are considered an in-state student).

If I signed up for a payment plan, how and when do I pay?

You are responsible for making your payments in a timely manner and having your tuition paid in full by the end of the semester. When you sign up for the payment plan you will have a few options to select how many payments you wish to split your bill into. There is a small fee to use the deferred payment plan. You can pay using your credit card through HawkWeb. More information can be found at the UMES Bursar’s (Student Accounts) webpage. Please contact us if you have questions about setting up the deferred payment plan.

What if it says my tuition is unpaid? – Completing the Payment confirmation step

If you made a payment and HawkWeb says that your tuition is unpaid, this typically means that you did not press the yellow CONFIRM button after making your payment in HawkWeb. This is a required step and indicates that agree to pay your tuition. You are not officially paid or registered until you complete this step. If you are told your tuition is unpaid return to HawkWeb where you will see a message in a dialogue box telling you that you need to confirm your payment. Directions on how to complete your payment confirmation can be found at the Bursar’s (Student Accounts) Office webpage.

Can I get reimbursed by my school system for taking classes?

That is a decision made by each individual school system. Please contact your school system’s Human Resource Department to obtain accurate information before you register for a class. During the course registration process it is important that you make and save copies of your registration and payment information because your school system may require these process your reimbursement. It is also likely that you will need to order an official transcript from the UMES Registrar to submit to your school system for reimbursement.

What if I drop a class? Am I still financially responsible for that class?

Yes. If the course start date has already passed then you will be responsible for a percentage of the tuition based on how far into the semester you dropped the course. Those percentages can be found on the UMES Registrar’s Withdrawal and Reimbursement of Fees webpage.

How do I order a transcript?

Official transcripts can be ordered online directly from the UMES Registrar office. It may take up to two weeks after the end of a semester before final grades appear on a transcript. If you have any outstanding tuition or fees to be paid, your grades may not be posted. At any time you can obtain a copy of your unofficial transcript in HawkWeb. Keep in mind unofficial transcripts may not be accepted by school systems for reimbursement, many require official transcripts to be sent directly (electronically) from the University to the school system.


For more information about these courses and programs, please contact:

Tyler S. Love, Ph.D., DTE
Professor, Department of the Built Environment
Director of Graduate Studies in Career and Technology Education
Coordinator of Undergraduate Technology and Engineering Education
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1425 Key Highway, Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21230-5115
(410) 727-4808 Ext 164
tslove@umes.edu

JoAnn Eliff
Administrative Assistant for Graduate CTE, WBL, and PTE Courses
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
1425 Key Highway, Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21230-5115
(410) 727-4808 Ext 164
jenorris@umes.edu

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