The Elementary Education program is intended for students seeking certification to teach
grades 1-6. Because elementary teachers are generalists
in a sense, content courses consist of a broad distribution of liberal
arts classes (e.g., science, mathematics, history, social sciences,
music, arts). Our undergraduate program also includes an eighteen-credit Area
The Area of Emphasis allows students to acquire some depth in a specific curricular area and prepares them to teach this area of study in a departmentalized setting and/or middle school. The Area of Emphases, which have been developed based upon national accreditation standards, include Communications, Literature, Math, Foreign Language, Science, and/or Social Studies. A listing of approved courses is available in the Office of Student Services (1204 Benjamin).
During freshman and sophomore year, students will focus on CORE and pre-professional requirements. Students will apply for full admission to the professional program at the end of their sophomore year. Upon admission, students devote much of their junior year in their program completing their subject matter major and taking coursework in professional education. In their senior yearlong internship in Professional Development Schools (PDS) settings, students complete blocked methods courses in the fall semester and full-time student teaching in the spring semester.
Students interested in becoming certified in elementary education who have already completed a Bachelor's degree are encouraged to apply to the Masters' Certification Program (MCERT). For more information, please click here.
Masters Certification (MCERT) Elementary Education Program :
MCERT (Master's Certification Program) for Elementary Education in grades 1-6 is a teacher education program for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree in various academic fields. The MCERT program is a 13-month, full time program that leads to a Master’s of Education (M.Ed) degree as well as eligibility for Maryland State certification to teach in elementary schools. For more information, please click here.
Location: 1207 Benjamin
Advising - Undergraduate TLPL Students and Incoming Transfer Students:
Graduate Student Contact: Jessica Bancroft
Faculty Program Coordinator: