Master of Arts in Education Faculty

Deborah Kariuki, M.Ed., B.S.C.S.

Deborah Kariuki is a former software engineer with many years of experience as a computer scientist. Currently, she is a Clinical faculty member and director of the Computer Science Education program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in the MAE program. In this position, she is tasked with creating the MAE Computer Science Education program which is the only one of its kind in Maryland and one of a handful programs in the country. She is currently the President of Computer Science Teachers Association of Maryland and the vice president of the Women in Cyber Security-Mid Atlantic program. Deborah is known and considers herself as a computer science evangelist. She has received many awards as a software engineer and a computer science educator but the awards she values most are the National Center for Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) educator award and Black computer BlackcomputeHer Sistah award. This is because these awards reflect her passion for educating the next generation of computer scientists and especially girls in computing.  Her current projects are on Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence and how people learn. Her research focuses on Culturally Responsive Instruction in Computer Science, Cyber Security for ALL and Computational Thinking across the curriculum.

For more of her work, visit Deborah Kariuki’s LinkedIn profile.


The STEM/Science concentration of the Master of Arts in Education is only accepting cohorts from school systems. For further information, please contact Rita Williams, MAE Program Coordinator, at

MA in Education Program Coordinator

Rita Williams

Rita Williams is the Program Coordinator for the MAE Program. She received her BS in Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Baltimore. Rita thoroughly enjoys working with and providing support to in-service teachers as they progress through the MAE Program.

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