In addition to possessing a liberal arts background and professional competency, teachers in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education should have a high degree of competence in a particular content area. To meet this objective, either an area of concentration or a minor is recommended.
The area of concentration or minor must be approved by the chairperson of the department in which the courses are offered. All students are also expected to consult with their department advisors or chairpersons before deciding on the concentration or minor. Students must complete all courses in the area of concentration or the minor with a grade of "C" or higher.
Additionally, the Maryland Collaborative for Teacher Preparation (MCTP) is a program with a mathematics and science emphasis. This program, which will provide an exemplary interdisciplinary area of concentration in mathematics and science, is offered to elementary education majors who have had the approved program in elementary education. Students in this program will engage in genuine research activities, use modern technologies, and develop expertise working with diverse populations.
Most courses in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education may be taken by students majoring in other educational areas. Students desiring to take courses for enrichment or to complete an area of concentration or minor should confer with the chairperson of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all English, mathematics, science, foundation, and methods courses. A student must repeat any of these courses in which the minimum grade of "C" is not received. All developmental courses must be passed with a grade of PS.
Students must meet the minimum cutoff scores on the PRAXIS established by the Maryland State Department of Education.
The department reserves the right to make curriculum changes based on University requirements, certification requirements, departmental requirements, and the requirements of accrediting agencies.