School of Education & Human Services
Elementary Education Program Requirements
The program in elementary education is designed to prepare students to teach language arts, social studies, mathematics and science in grades 1-6. This Maryland Approved Program meets certification requirements in other states. Students are advised, however, to consult certification requirements in states of interest early in their study.
Because of the specific sequence of course offerings in the program, it is necessary for students to start education courses in the freshman year, or at the latest, at the beginning of the sophomore year. Students starting education courses after that time may not be able to graduate with their class as an elementary education major.
In addition to the university’s Veritas Program, the elementary education major must take a total of 52 credit hours in the professional course sequence: EDUC 100, 202, 206, 210, 228, 240, 303, 313, 330, 331, 335, 339, 340, 440, 480, 495 and SPED 308. Also required are MATH 108 and 109 and three courses in general science (GSCI 101, 102 and either 120 or 105). Students who must enroll in MATH 101 Elementary College Algebra must earn a minimum of 123 credit hours for the degree. Elementary education majors are encouraged to develop a concentration of courses in one of the following areas: art, communications, drama, English, foreign language, history, mathematics, music, psychology, science or social studies.
ADULT B.S. PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION
The elementary education degree-completion program is described in the Non-Traditional Undergraduate Program section. Dual certification in elementary and special education is also offered through the Adult Undergraduate Program (Available only to students in the Division of Continuing Studies)
Any student in good standing at the university may minor in education. The minor consists of 18 credits, which are fulfilled by taking EDUC 100, 210, SPED 308 and 9 credit hours from the following: EDUC 202, 206, 228, 325, 414, 427 and Technology Labs (EDUC 240, 340, 440).