Curriculum and Program Information

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Curriculum and Program Information

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is home to two undergraduate, initial teacher certification programs: early childhood education (ECED) and elementary education (ELED). Students who matriculate in the early childhood program, upon completion of the program, will be certified to teach in Pre-K through third grade. Elementary education majors will be certified to teach first through eight grade.

All students are required to complete 45 general education requirement credits. Additionally, ELED majors will complete 81 program specific course requirement credits. ECED majors will complete an additional 83 program specific credits requirement.

Area of Concentration/Minor

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.

Availability of Courses to Non-majors

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.

Departmental Regulations

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.

On-site School Activities

Maryland State Department of Education requires that teachers in training participate in practical experiences in a classroom with a cooperating teacher. Most program specific courses have a practicum requirement that places the teacher candidate in an elementary school classroom. Teacher education candidates will complete 16 clock hours for each lower level education course; 24 clock hours for each three hundred level, non-method course; 30 clock hours for each upper level methods courses; and a semester of student teaching.


In order to be certified in the state of Maryland, all teacher education candidates must meet the State's certification requirements. In addition to the specific program course requirements developed to meet the State's standards; each candidate must also successfully complete the Praxis certification exams. There are two parts to the Praxis exam. PRAXIS I, needed to be successfully completed to enter teacher education, tests the teacher candidate’s general education preparation in three areas: Mathematics, reading, and writing. PRAXIS II, taken before student teaching, tests the candidate's ability to apply pedagogical skills and theoretical foundations. All teacher education candidates must successfully complete both PRAXIS I and II to graduate with a degree in education from Coppin State University.


Each teacher education candidate is assigned an academic advisor who will provide the teacher education candidate with guidance through the teacher training process. The status sheet created for each program will guide the process for the students and the advisor. The advisor is also instrumental in establishing needed interventions for each advisee to make the progress through the program a smooth and successful process.