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Elementary Education Major

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The undergraduate program in elementary education is offered in a unit that is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).  

The primary objective of the program in Elementary Education is to prepare well-qualified teachers to teach in grades one through six, providing prospective teachers with the experiences needed to acquaint them with the curricula, organization, objectives, procedures, and instructional resources of the elementary school. Prospective teachers are also provided with classroom experiences dealing with direct analysis of teaching and learning, the selection, use, organization, and presentation of subject matter, techniques for the evaluation of results of teaching and learning, and the practical application of theories and principles of learning.  Classroom experiences are primarily conducted at one of our Professional Development School (PDS) sites.

Major in Elementary Education


A.    General Education Requirements: 40 credits


B.    Professional Education Requirements: 66 credits

SPED 201 Introduction to Needs of Exceptional Children*
EDUC 202 Educational Psychology*
EDUC 203 Fundamentals of Teaching with Technology*
EDUC 300 Foundations of Reading Instruction (Reading Acquisition)*
PSYC 304 Child Psychology
MATH 104 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
GEOG 101 Elements of Geography
OR
GEOG 102 World Regional Geography
EDUC 402 History of Education
REED 401 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties (Reading Assessment)*
REED 405 Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading
EDUC 408 Measurement and Evaluation*
CUIN 336 Collaborating with Families and Communities*
EDUC 273 Enhancing Test Performance#
ELED 301 Curriculum, Planning and Management*
MATH 207 Technology-Based Mathematics for Teachers
ELED 302 Methods of Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School**
ELED 303 Methods of Teaching Reading in the Elementary School**
ELED 304 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School**
ELED 305 Methods of Teaching Science in the Elementary School **
ELED 306 Methods of Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School**
ELED 307 Methods of Teaching Art and Music in the Elementary School**
PHED 201 Methods of Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School**
ELED 412/413 Directed Teaching/Seminar

#Recommended courses; credits do not count towards graduation

*Courses have a practicum experience requirement
**Must have met Praxis I requirement in order to enroll in courses; by approval of the Chairperson

C.    Area of Concentration: 15-18 credits


Before taking electives, students should consult with their departmental advisors to be sure that they are meeting the requirements of the program.


D.    Field Based "Block" Methods Courses


Students may take 12 Elementary methods credits in Reading, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies at a public school site at the discretion of the Chairperson. Students must take ELED 301, Curriculum Planning and Management, as a prerequisite to the "Block". Students must register for all courses (12 credits) in the “Block”.


 Major: Elementary Education

Level I (First Year)

Fall Semester
■ELED 413 Seminar 0
Semester Total 12
TOTAL CREDITS 123

 *  General Education Requirement
 **  University Graduation Requirement
 ■  Major Course
  »  or any 2 part 200 level History
 or any ENGL 200 level or above
 BIOL 101 or 107 or CHEM 101 or PHSC 101 or PHSC 103
×  PHIL 103 or PHIL 102
 or IDIS 103 or any Foreign Language or ART 105 or MUSC 201 or DANC 226 or THEA 211

 or any 3 credit Health course, or SPCH 202 or SPCH 204 or GEOG 102
 ♦  General Elective - any University course
 ▲  Program Elective - any non-required course within the discipline
 ▬  Support Course
§  Management Science Elective

NOTE: Please consult a program advisor to discuss course options. 

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