The Towson Learning Network (TLN) works in partnership with the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to provide programs and courses that focus on the goals of the school system and the professional development needs of employees. We offer Master’s degrees as well as Post-Baccalaureate Certificates (PBC). A “PBC” is a degree that provides evidence of expertise in an area but requires about half the credits that a Master’s degree does. The following cohort programs are offered:
Towson University also partners with HCPSS to offer
cohort programs for currently certified or licensed education professionals who
aspire to become educational leaders and administrators at local and state
levels and who seek Administrator I certification. These programs include a
master's degree (M.S.) in Human Resource Development / Educational Leadership
Track and the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Organizational Change, a
18-credit-hour post-master's degree program. Both of these programs are Maryland
State Department of Education (MSDE)-approved.
Information sessions for cohort programs are held
jointly by Towson University and Howard County Public Schools prior to the
start of any cohort. These sessions, which are publicized by HCPSS, include
information on the admissions and registration process as well as information on
tuition and reimbursement.
Admission to Graduate Programs
Students who are interested in applying for school-based cohort programs use the Towson Learning Network Graduate Application. Application instructions are sent out by TLN after the school system partnership agreements are finalized.
Tuition, Reimbursement and Fees
If the school system has entered into a "direct-bill" agreement with Towson
University, the school system will be billed for tuition costs associated with
the cohort programs; however, students accepted into a cohort program are
responsible for a non-refundable, non-reimburseable contract fee. In some
circumstances students may receive a tuition bill from the Bursar’s Office. This
bill must be paid by the due date. Unpaid bills will be assessed late fees and
after 90 days will be sent to a collection agency. Students may seek
reimbursement directly from their school system.
• The school system will not pay for tuition if students receive a grade that does not meet the school system’s reimbursement requirements, if they receive a grade of I (incomplete), or FX. In these cases, students will be responsible for the non-refundable, non-reimbursable closed contract fee and tuition.
• The school system will not pay tuition if students exceed their reimbursable credit limit. Students who exceed their school system’s reimbursable credit limit are responsible for the closed contract fee and reduced tuition.
• If a school or school system does not have a "direct-bill" agreement with Towson University, students’ tuition will not be paid by that school system, and the students are responsible for the closed contract fee and tuition.
• Tuition and closed contract fees are subject to increase. Students will be billed directly for non-refundable, non-reimbursable processing fees by the Bursar’s Office for each course in which they are registered. A late fee will be assessed if the bill is not paid by the due date.
Students who need copies of grades and transcripts for reimbursement purposes may receive them through Towson Online Services. Requests for official transcripts are handled through the Registrar’s Office.