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Teacher Education Programs

General Information and Requirements

The College of Education confers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) depending on the amount of liberal arts study included in a particular degree program. Minimum requirements for graduation are 120 semester hours. Some majors require more than 120 credits. In addition to the university's general education requirements and the specific requirements for each program, the College of Education requires that all majors complete a Foundations of Education course and, depending upon the teacher education major, six to twelve semester hours of reading course requirements. A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all pre-professional and professional course work required for the major. An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 must be maintained after admission to the Professional Teacher Education programs. A grade of "S" is required in the student teaching internship.

The College also offers a combined 5-Year Bachelor's/Master's (BS/MEd) program in Secondary Education.

Program Requirements and Information

Pre-Professional Requirements:

Students in the pre-professional Education majors must apply to their respective professional teacher education programs.  The application process for the professional programs will vary depending on the Education major.  Students must be fully admitted to their professional education program upon completion of 60 credits.  Transfer students that matriculate at the University with advanced credit (e.g. 60 credits or more) will be given two semesters to meet these requirements.

For more information about our programs and requirements please contact one of our advisors.

Pre-Professional Education Programs
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-3rd Grades)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UM GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of EDHD 220 (Early Childhood) with a “B” (3.0) or better
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses with a 2.7 GPA:
    • MATH 212 – Elements of Mathematics
    • MATH 213 – Elements of Geometry
    • 4-Credit CORE Physical Science with Lab course (PL)
    • 4-Credit CORE Biological Science with Lab course (LL)

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or instructor)
  • Satisfactory rating on the College of Education Foundational Competencies

Early Childhood 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (Gen Ed)

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program.  Admission to the professional program is competitive. 

Elementary Education (1st-6th Grades)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UM GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of EDCI 280 with a “B” (3.0) or better
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses with a 2.7 GPA:
    • MATH 212 – Elements of Mathematics
    • MATH 213 – Elements of Geometry
    • 4-Credit CORE Physical Science with Lab course (PL)
    • 4-Credit CORE Biological Science with Lab course (LL)

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or instructor)
  • Satisfactory rating on the College of Education Foundational Competencies

Elementary 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (New Gen Ed)
Elementary Education Benchmarks
(pdf)

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program.  Admission to the professional program is competitive. 

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

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UM GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of EDCI 280 with a “B” (3.0) or better
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses with a 2.7 GPA:
    • MATH 212 – Elements of Mathematics
    • MATH 213 – Elements of Geometry
    • 4-Credit CORE Physical Science with Lab course (PL)
    • 4-Credit CORE Biological Science with Lab course (LL)

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or instructor)
  • Satisfactory rating on the College of Education Foundational Competencies

Middle School Math and Science 4-Year Plan & Program Requirements (New Gen Ed Requirements
Middle School Math and Science Education Benchmarks (doc)

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

Secondary Education (7th-12th Grades)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration and for graduate programs
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty in your content area major)
  • Submission of the College of Education Foundational Competencies Acknowledgement Form
  • See an advisor for additional digital gateway requirements.

Secondary Education 4-year Plans & Program Requirements (New General Ed):
Secondary Art Education
Secondary English Education
Secondary Math Education
Secondary Science/Biology Education
Secondadry Science/Chemistry Education
Secondary Science/Geology Education
Secondary Science/Physics Education
Secondary Social Studies/Geography Education
Secondary Social Studies/Government Education
Secondary Social Studies/History Education

Secondary Education Benchmarks:
Secondary Art Education
Secondary English Education
Secondary Math Education
Secondary Science Education
Secondary Social Studies Education

World Languages 4-year Plans & Program Requirements (New Gen Ed):
Chinese
French
Italian
German
Russian
Spanish

World Languages 4-year Plans & Program Requirements (CORE):
Chinese
French
Italian
German
Russian
Spanish

World Languages Benchmarks:
World Languages Programs Benchmarks

Students who are interested in pursuing the combined 5-year B.S./M.Ed. programs in either Secondary, students must apply to the Professional Teacher Education Program (master's portion of the program) within their majors.

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program.  Admission to the professional program is competitive. 

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

Special Education (1st - 8th Grades)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration and for graduate programs
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better
    (NOTE: Special Education majors must take STAT 100)
  • Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty in your content area major)
  • Submission of the College of Education Foundational Competencies Acknowledgement Form

Special Education Benchmarks (doc)

Special Education Sample 4-year Plans:
Elementary/Middle Special Education 4-year Plan and General Ed Requirements

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program.  Admission to the professional program is competitive.

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

5-Year Integrated Master's Programs

Program sheets for students in the 5-year Integrated Master's program in Secondary Education.

Art

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

Application for the Professional Teacher Education Programs:

The application for the Professional Teacher Education programs is now electronic. Please follow the application instructions listed at the beginning of the electronic application. Click on the link provided below to begin the application process. The deadline for all admission applications is May 1st.

Electronic Professional Teacher Education Application

Program admission requirements and instruction forms:
Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education
Elementary Education
IMCP
Middle School
Secondary Education
Special Education

Orientation Documentation/Forms
Student Handbook
Foundational Competencies Policy and Forms (Acknowledgement form and Self-Assessment form)

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program.  Admission to the professional program is competitive. 

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation programs.

 

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