Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
The Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to preparing high-quality professionals in Elementary Education who are able to address the academic needs of all students. The Elementary Education Bachelor of Science Program provides our graduates with the theoretical and practical knowledge to meet the specific needs of urban students using research-based practices to support individual student needs and to address the diversity reflected within urban environments, while valuing the academic standards of the profession.
The Elementary Education Program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and is offered in a unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The primary objectives of the Elementary Education Program is to prepare professional educators who are equipped with knowledge and skills to effectively teach and meet the academic needs of all students in first through sixth grade classrooms; as well as to:
- Plan and engage children in activities through exploration, experimentation, and discovery;
- Reflect appropriate professional dispositions;
- Deconstruct curricula, be familiar with curricula organization, objectives, and procedures; as well as the instructional resources of the school and community to effectively implement curricula;
- Apply knowledge and skills acquired during practical experiences to effectively analyze teaching practices and experiences while engaging in the selection, planning, presentation, and evaluation of content knowledge;
- Apply and reflect on the practical application of theories and principles of learning to support and motivate learners;
- Knowledgeably collaborates with the broader community of education professionals and practice continuous professional growth;
- Engage with current research to plan and apply tenets of practitioner research that demonstrates an effective assessment of student learning and use those data to support learners and improve practices and;
- Apply knowledge and skills in the use of technology to support instruction, access and manipulate data, enhance professional growth and productivity; communicate; and conduct research.
Classroom experiences are gained from participation of practical experiences in the School of Education’s Professional Development Schools (PDS).