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Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs

Our undergraduate teacher education programs prepare students to become highly qualified teachers who apply and continue to become outstanding teachers and leaders in their field of study.  Through the many resources of integrating technology, research-based knowledge of teaching, and service of clinical experiences, students draw on the best practices to assist the diverse and international students they teach.  The commitments from both faculty and students seek to build and strengthen the linkages across courses, experiences, and policies of core values: diversity and equity, innovation and creativity, internationalization, and policy.

Teacher candidates are expected to understand there are many ways to describe and approach knowledge. Candidates are exposed to a range of theoretical perspectives in order to help them make informed, reflective judgments about research and practice. Given this vision, our mission is to foster the learning and development of PK-16 students through our educator preparation programs; therefore, we aim to prepare educators with the skills and commitments necessary to ensure equity for all students in the public schools and classrooms they will lead.

The College of Education offers several undergraduate teacher education programs that prepare teach candidates for certification in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education. In addition, we offer several minors that prepare students for a variety of specializations that can enhance their educational programs and better prepare them for graduate programs. 

Student Teaching Fees
Student teaching requires a special fee. Please note: Fees are subject to change.

Foundational Competencies
Foundational Competencies are a comprehensive set of expectations that teacher candidates must demonstrate at various stages during their teacher preparation programs.

These non-academic criteria include:

  • English Language Competence: The ability to express oneself in standard written and oral English 
  • Interpersonal Competence: The ability to interact effectively with others
  • Work and Task Management: The ability to organize and manage multiple work demands 
  • Analytic/Reasoning Competencies: The ability to think analytically and reason logically about professional topics, issues, and problems 
  • Professional Conduct: The ability to work within a set of reasonable expectations for conduct as defined by the profession and/or workplace
  • Physical Abilities: The ability to meet the professional demands of the profession and/or workplace
  • Professional Dispositions: A commitment to one’s own continuing professional development and to the belief that one can be a responsible agent for the improvement and reform of education; commitment to the belief that all children and adults can learn. 

While many of these skills and dispositions are expected to be well-developed by individuals as they apply to our professional programs, it is also expected that some of these abilities will continue to develop and be refined during our program-based courses and field experiences.   

List of Programs:

Note: For more information about our programs and requirements please contact an advisor in the Office of Student Services.

Human Develpment and quantitative methodology
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-3rd Grades)

The Early Childhood Education program offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students seeking certification to teach PreK-Grade 3.  Since early childhood teachers are expected to provide an inclusive, developmental education, content courses consist of psychology, science, math, music and arts. 

Electronic Professional Teacher Education Application

Four-Year Plan Information:
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Education Four-year Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Christy Tirrell-Corbin
1117 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-5612

[Program Site]

teaching, learning, policy and leadership
Elementary Education (1st-6th Grades)

This program is intended for students seeking certification to teach grades 1-6 and middle school. Content courses consist of liberal arts classes (e.g., science, mathematics, history, social sciences, music, and arts) and includes an 18-credit Area of Emphasis.

Electronic Professional Teacher Education Application

Program Benchmarks: Elementary Education Benchmarks

Four-Year Plan Information:
Elementary Eduation 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. John O'Flahavan
2226K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3149

[Program Site]

Middle School Math and Science Education (4th-9th Grades)

This program is designed to prepare candidates to earn a Bachelor of Science degree and to meet the MSDE requirements for certification in grades 4-9, with a specific focus on mathematics and science teaching.  The program prepares reflective practitioners, skilled in inquiry, with the knowledge of content, pedagogy and student learning necessary for teaching middle school mathematics and science.

Electronic Professional Teacher Education Application

Program Benchmarks: Middle School (Math and Science) Education

Four-Year Plan Information:
Middle School Math and Science Education 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Dan Levin
2311 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3324

[Program Site]

Secondary Education (7th-12th Grades)/Double Major

According to the Maryland State Department of Education, there is a critical shortage of teachers in the state’s 24 districts. Many of these shortages occur at the middle school and secondary levels. We believe that the best way to increase the number of teachers to address a statewide shortage is to offer pathways for teacher certification.

This option is ideal for first time students. It includes a fully articulated dual major in an Arts and Sciences content area and education. Freshmen are able to complete the university’s CORE general education classes, along with the requirements for the academic subject area and education majors within eight semesters. The following programs are available as double majors in conjunction with Secondary Education (links will take you to the program's website):

For Advising, please contact ed-advise@umd.edu, 301-405-2364

Electronic Professional Teacher Education Application

[Program Site]

Agriculture

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Agriculture Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. J. Randy McGinnis
2226J Benjamin
(301)405-6234
E-mail: jmcginni@umd.edu

AGRU Program Advisor: Dr. Bill Phillips, Ph.D.
2131 Plant Sciences Building
(301) 405-1061
E-mail:billii@umd.edu

Art Studio (Pre-K through 12th Grade Certification)

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Art/Art Education Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

For Advising, please contact ed-advise@umd.edu, 301-405-2364

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Sue Hendricks
2233 Benjamin Building
(301) 405-8206

ARTT Program Advisor: Mr. James Thorpe
1211E Art-Sociology Building
(301) 405-7788

Biology (Science Education)

Program Benchmarks:  Science Education Benchmarks

BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DOUBLE MAJOR PROGRAM

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
College of Chemical & Life Science webpage.

Faculty Contacts:
EDCI Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. J. Randy McGinnis
2226J Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6234

Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Programs in Life Sciences:
Dr. Joelle Presson
1211 Symons Hall
(301) 405-6892

Note: Current Freshmen interested in Math or Science Education need to contact the Terrapin Teachers Program,http://terrapinteachers.umd.edu/students/, in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, for information.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anisha Campbell at tt@umd.edu.

Chemistry Education (Science Education)

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Science Education/Chemistry Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. J. Randy McGinnis
2226J Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6234

Advising Contacts:
Maryann McDermott Jones
1102A Chemistry Building
(301) 405-1790

Note: Current Freshmen interested in Math or Science Education need to contact the Terrapin Teachers Program,http://terrapinteachers.umd.edu/students/, in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, for information.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anisha Campbell at tt@umd.edu.

English Education

Program Benchmarks: English Education Benchmarks

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
English Education/English Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Wayne Slater
2304G Benjamin Building
(301) 405-3128

English Advising
1st Floor Tawes
(301) 405-3826

Government & Politics (Social Studies)

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Social Studies Education/Government Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Program Coordinator: Catherine McCall
2304A Benjamin Building
(301) 405-0533

GVPT Advising Staff:
1147 Tydings Hall
(301) 405-4142

NOTE: Government & Politics is a limited enrollment program that has special requirements for admission. See the GVPT department advisor for details.

Geography (Social Studies)

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Social Studies Education/Geography Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Program Coordinator: Catherine McCall
2304A Benjamin Building
(301) 405-0533

Geography/Undergraduate Advisor
2108 LeFrak Hall
(301) 405-4073

Geology

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Science Education/Geology Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contact:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. J. Randy McGinnis
2226J Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6234

Geology Program Director: Dr. John Merck
1119 Geology Building
(301) 405-4082

Note: Current Freshmen interested in Math or Science Education need to contact the Terrapin Teachers Program,http://terrapinteachers.umd.edu/students/, in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, for information.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anisha Campbell at tt@umd.edu.

History (Social Studies)

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Social Studies Education/History Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Program Coordinator: Catherine McCall
2304A Benjamin Building
(301) 405-0533

History Program Director: Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
(301) 405-4272

History Program Advisors
2131C Frances Scott Key
301-405-0072

Mathematics Education

Program Benchmarks: Math Education Benchmarks

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Mathematics Education/Mathematics Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator:Dr. Lawrence Clark
2226F Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7060

MATH Program Advisor:Ida Chan
1115 Mathematics Building
(301) 405-4362

Note: Current Freshmen interested in Math or Science Education need to contact the Terrapin Teachers Program,http://terrapinteachers.umd.edu/students/, in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, for information.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anisha Campbell at tt@umd.edu.

Physics

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
Science Education/Physics Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. J. Randy McGinnis
2226J Benjamin Building
(301) 405-6234

Advising Contact: Thomas Gleason
1120 f Physics Building
(301) 405-5979

Note: Current Freshmen interested in Math or Science Education need to contact the Terrapin Teachers Program,http://terrapinteachers.umd.edu/students/, in the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, for information.  If you have questions, please contact Dr. Anisha Campbell at tt@umd.edu.

 

World Languages, Art Education, Music Education and Physical Education (PreK-12th Grades)

Music Education


The teacher certification program for music is offered through the School of Music.

Chinese World Language Education

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
World Language Education/Chinese Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
EDCI Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Perla Blejer
2304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7091

CHIN Program Advisor: Jung-Jung Lee
4223 Jimenez Hall
(301) 405-0411

French World Language Education

Program Benchmarks: World Language Benchmarks

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
World Language Education/French Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Perla Blejer
2304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7091

FREN Program Advisor: Dr. Lauretta Clough
3106 Jimenez Hall
(301) 405-4034

Italian World Language Education

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
World Language Education/Italian Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)  

Required Praxis II Subject Assessments: N/A

Faculty Contacts:
EDCI Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Perla Blejer
2304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7091

ITAL Program Director:Professor Giuseppe Falvo
3106 Jimenez Hall
(301) 405-4031

German World Language Education

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
World Language Education/German Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPLFaculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Perla Blejer
2304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7091

GERM Advising Staff
3206 Jimenez Hall
(301) 405-4091

Russian World Language Education

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
World Language Education/Russian Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
EDCI Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Perla Blejer
2304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7091
E-mail: pblejer@umd.edu
RUSS Program Director: Dr. Cynthia Martin
2106B Jimenez Hall
(301) 405-4244
E-mail: cmartin@umd.edu

Spanish World Language Education

Four-Year Plan & Program Requirements Information:
World Language Education/Spanish Double Major 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

Faculty Contacts:
TLPL Faculty Program Coordinator: Dr. Perla Blejer
2304K Benjamin Building
(301) 405-7091

SPAN Program Director: Dr. Karen Krausen
2211 Jimenez Hall
(301) 405-6452

 

Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education
Special Education Elementary/Middle (1st-8th Grades)

The Special Education program at the University of Maryland at College Park offers a  four year, Bachelor’s program in Special Education. The program prepares graduates to successfully assume the increasingly complex responsibilities of a teacher for students with disabilities. The coursework and field experiences provide a solid foundation in generic special education combined with an intense specialization in Elementary/Middle Special Education (Grades 1 - Grades 8).

Graduates earn cross-categorical, dual certification to work with both students with high-incidence disabilities (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Behavior Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, ADHD/ADD) and students with low-incidence disabilities (e.g., Autism, Physical Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities). Distinctive features include full year teaching internship; dual special education certification; and a department consistently ranked in the nation’s top ten by US News and World Report.

Electronic Professional Teacher Education Application

Program Benchmarks: Special Education Benchmarks

Four-Year Plan Information:

Elementary/Middle Special Education

4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

[Program Site]


5-year BS/MEd Combined Programs
Secondary Education (7th-12th Grades)

The program is for talented students who wish to combine undergraduate studies in the content area and professional education as a foundation for focused professional coursework at the graduate level leading to secondary-level certification in the subject field and the Master’s of Education degree.  As undergraduates, admitted students complete their baccalaureate degrees with a major in the relevant and content area and a minimum of 12 credits in graduate-level professional studies related to teacher certification requirements.  In their fifth year, they enroll in a full-year internship and complete professional studies that make them eligible for teacher certification and the master’s of education degree.  The fifth year of the program will be off campus.

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Minor Programs:
Human Development Minor

The minor provides students who wish to support their major field of study with knowledge of human growth and development across multiple domains and developmental stages, as well as knowledge related to principles of teaching and learning and/or who desire active participation in human development research under the supervision of Human Development faculty in laboratory settings. 

Please contact educminors@umd.edu or 301-405-2364 for more information.

[Program Site]

Leadership Studies Minor

The Minor in Leadership Studies promotes college student leadership development by educating undergraduate students for and about leadership in a complex world.  The goal of the Minor is to prepare students to serve effectively in formal and informal leadership roles in campus, local, national, and global contexts.  The Minor also encourages students to identify a working philosophy of leadership that can advance students’ thinking around ethics, civic engagement, and the importance of working within diverse and multicultural environments.   These areas are critical aspects of leadership that require faculty and students to build and critically evaluate existing theoretical, research-based, and practical knowledge of leadership.  Students in the Minor can use their knowledge, skills, and competencies gained from this academic program to enhance their sense of self, engagement with others, and better identify their values in future aspirations.  Core courses in the Minor are sequenced to meet increasingly complex sets of learning outcomes across cognitive, personal development, and group/organizational domains.

In order to apply for the Leadership Studies program, students must have:

  1. Complete at least 30 credit hours prior to application to the program.
  2. Be in good academic standing.
  3. Complete EDCP 217 with a C- or better.
  4. Have not completed the last 9 credits of Minor coursework and no later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation.
  5. Must complete an application form and met the Minor in Leadership selection criteria.

For more information about the Leadership Studies program, please visit: http://umddepartments.orgsync.com/org/leadershipstudies or contact leadershipstudies@umd.edu.

[Program Site]

Secondary Education Minor

The minor in Secondary Education provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to enroll in a sequence of education courses that helps them to determine if teaching is a viable career option for them. The 15-18 credit minor may be taken prior to admission into a teacher preparation program. If an undergraduate student pursuing the minor desires to enter an education track, the candidate may apply for the dual major program to obtain certification as a secondary education classroom teacher through completion of a Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved program option. Some of the courses undergraduates take to complete the Minor in Secondary Education may also be applicable toward certification options at the post-baccalaureate level offered through Curriculum and Instruction.

Please contact educminors@umd.edu or 301-405-2364 for more information.

[Program Site]

Secondary Language Education Minor

The minor in Second Language Education provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to complete a sequence of courses that helps them prepare for careers as teachers of English as a second language in US schools and/or prepare them for roles as teachers of English as a foreign language in international settings.   If the undergraduate pursuing the minor desires to enter the ESOL teacher preparation track, the candidate may apply for the Five Year Integrated Program option or the one year MCert Program option; in either case, satisfactorily completed courses in the minor that meet program requirements will be applied to the certification program requirements.

Please contact educminors@umd.edu or 301-405-2364 for more information.

[Program Site]

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