Curriculum and Instruction - Secondary Education (EDCI)College of Education
2311 Benjamin Building, 301-405-3324
Chair: F. Hultgren (Prof & Chair)
Professors: P. Afflerbach, P. Campbell, D. Chazan, M. Dreher, D. Imig (Prof Of Practice), J. MacSwan, B. Malen (Prof), J. McGinnis, J. Rice (Prof, Prof & Assoc Dean), O. Saracho, D. Sullivan, L. Valli, D. Wiseman (Dean)
Associate Professors: J. Ahn, A. Brantlinger (Assoc Prof), R. Croninger, A. Elby (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof), D. Herschbach, E. Hutt, D. Ketelhut, M. Martin-Beltran (Aff Asst Res Prof, Assoc Prof), J. McCaleb, J. O'Flahavan, M. Peercy (Assoc Prof), W. Slater, J. Turner
Assistant Professors: T. Clegg, J. Walkoe
Affiliate Professors: E. Redish
Affiliate Associate Professors: S. Benson, R. Lavine
Professors Emeriti: M. Chambliss, B. Finkelstein, A. Graeber, W. Holliday, M. Johnson, S. Koziol, S. Selden
The Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership offers undergraduate curricula in secondary education that lead to the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree and prepares teachers in various subject areas for teaching in middle schools, secondary schools (grades 7-12), and PreK-12 settings (Art and World Languages).
Multiple pathways are available for individuals who are interested in teaching at the secondary level:
The Dual Major option, which is designed for incoming freshmen or sophomores, leads to the Bachelor's degree with a major in an academic content area plus a second major in secondary education. All secondary majors are required to have an academic content major which satisfies the requirements of the academic department and meets the standards for teacher certification. Candidates who follow the proposed sequencing of courses can complete both majors in four years with careful advisement and scheduling.
Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership also offers a five-year integrated master's with certification program. See www.education.umd.edu/MCERT/ .
Graduates of the Secondary Education programs meet the requirements for certification in Maryland and additional states that are affiliated with the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement through the Maryland State Department of Education.
Note: The Mathematics Education and Science Education programs are currently under review. For more information, please visit the Terrapin Teachers website http://terrapinteachers.umd.edu/ .
Program Learning Outcomes
1. Secondary Education teacher candidates have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they teach as described in professional (e.g., National Council of Teachers of English - NCTE, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics - NCTM, etc.); state (MSDE); and, institutional standards.
2. Secondary Education teacher candidates can effectively plan classroom-based instruction or activities for their roles as teachers. Candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions are applied effectively in practice.
3. Secondary Education teacher candidates practice evidence-based decision-making through the use of assessment as well as the critical interpretation of research and inquiry in order to improve educational practice. They accurately assess and analyzes student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students.
4. Secondary Education teacher candidates demonstrate understanding of learners and their social and cultural contexts with a global perspective and intentional sensitivity to other cultures. They are able to work with students, families, and communities in ways that reflect the dispositions expected of professional educators as delineated in professional (e.g., NCTE, NCTM, etc.); state (MSDE); and, institutional standards.
5. Secondary Education teacher candidates competently integrate technology in instruction to support student learning and develop data-driven solutions for instructional and school improvement. They demonstrate proficiency in each of the seven Maryland Teacher Technology Standards.
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
In addition to the double major program, the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership offers a Five-Year Integrated Master's with Certification Program (IMCP). This program is intended for talented undergraduates with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who seek to combine undergraduate studies in the content area and professional education as a foundation for a focused professional year at the graduate level leading to secondary-level certification in the subject field and the Master's of Education degree. As undergraduates, teacher candidates are double majors in both secondary education and their content area. While double majors, undergraduates complete a minimum of 12 credits in professional education studies related to teacher certification requirements. In their junior or senior year they apply to the graduate program. If they are admitted to the graduate program they enroll in a full-year internship. These individuals will also complete graduate-level professional studies that make them eligible for initial teacher certification and the Master's of education degree.
Information about this secondary education program option is available at www.education.umd.edu/Academics/Programs/teacher_education/TECGprograms.html.
Admission to the Major
Admission to the Teacher Education Professional Program is competitive. Admission procedures and criteria are explained in the College of Education entry in Chapter 6.
Placement in Courses
The Secondary Education programs include both pre-professional and professional education course work. Before undergraduates may enroll in courses identified as part of the professional sequence, they must complete the selective admissions requirements and be fully admitted to the College of Education's Teacher Education program. Admission procedures and criteria are explained in the College of Education entry. Teacher candidates will not be permitted to enroll in professional sequence courses -- including the yearlong internship -- prior to completion of the selective admissions requirements and full admission to the College of Education.
Requirements for the Major
All Teacher Education Programs have designated pre-professional courses and a specified sequence of professional courses. Before undergraduates may enroll in professional education course requirements they must be fully admitted to the
Curriculum and Instruction offers a variety of secondary education programs-tracks leading to the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. Teacher candidates who complete a secondary education program at UM meet the Maryland State Department of Education requirements for the Professional Eligibility Certificate. Consult the Curriculum and Instruction program advisor for updated information.
Foreign-Language Requirement, Bachelor of Arts Degree
Beginning fall 2011 high school language will no longer place undergraduates in foreign language classes nor exempt individuals from taking the foreign language placement exam. All teacher candidates planning to study a foreign language will be required to take a foreign language placement test. This test is used to determine the appropriate placement prior to course registration. For more information, contact the Office of Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Humanities at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-405-2108.
Art Education (pre K-12)
The Art Education curriculum is designed to prepare individuals to teach art in elementary through secondary schools. It provides prospective art teachers with a knowledge base about the theories and best practices relevant to effective pedagogy, as well as current education and art education goals and standards. Teacher candidates admitted to Art Education complete the Bachelor of Arts and are required to have an academic content major.
For more information on the sequence of pre-professional and professional courses, consult the
English Education (Grades 7-12)
For more information on the sequence of pre-professional and professional courses, consult the Curriculum and Instruction program advisor.
World Language Education (Grades 7-12)
The World Language (WL) Education curriculum is designed for prospective world language teachers in grades 7-12 who have been admitted to the TLPL Teacher Education Program. Currently, admission is open to qualified candidates seeking teacher certification in Spanish, French, Russian, Italian, Chinese and German. Other languages might be added later for teacher certification. Teacher candidates enrolled in world language education are required to have an academic content major. Consult with an advisor in Curriculum and Instruction for further information.
A minimum of six hours of intermediate-level language course work in the major language must precede the required 300-400 level courses. The latter are comprised of a minimum of 30 hours of prescribed course work that includes the areas of reading strategies, grammar and composition, conversation, literature, civilization and culture, and linguistics. Teacher candidates must also take a minimum of nine hours (three courses) of electives in a related area. The second area of concentration must be approved by a FL advisor.
In addition to all coursework, teacher candidates must earn an Advanced Low score on the ACTFL oral proficiency exam in their corresponding foreign language. Majors in Russian, Italian, and Chinese must also earn an Advanced Low score on the ACTFL written proficiency test.
The following requirements must be met with the WL Education program:
Mathematics Education (Grades 7-12)
Undergraduates who complete the Mathematics Education curriculum receive the Bachelor of Science degree and meet the MSDE requirements for the Professional Eligibility Certificate. Teacher candidates admitted to Mathematics Education are required to have an academic content major and must complete the following program requirements. Please check with the MATH department regarding specific math courses to be taken.
Science Education (Grades 7-12)
Please check with the science department regarding specific course work.
Teacher candidates may earn credentials in biology, chemistry, geology, physics or agriculture. Undergraduates admitted to the secondary program in science education must complete a major in their area of specialization. Candidates should consult the respective departments for requirements. For more information, please see www.education.umd.edu/science .
Social Studies Education (Grades 7-12)
The Social Studies Education program is under review. Contact an advisor in 1207 Benjamin Building for updated program information.
Undergraduates in the Social Studies Education program may select an area of concentration in history, geography, or government and politics. Each concentration follows the general requirements of their respective majors in addition to the pre-professional/subject area supporting course work required for certification. Teacher candidates may elect to complete the program for certification in Social Studies by choosing one of three options for completing the program.
Option I: History
Note:The history major requires completion of UNIV 101 and a foreign language requirement through the intermediate level. See ARHU advising for details.
Option II: Geography
This option is primarily for those teacher candidates earning their initial degree and requires 64 credits of Pre-professional/Subject Area course work. Thirty-five credit hours must be in geography. Nine credit hours of 300 level Gateway courses must be taken in physical geography, human geography, and geographic techniques. The remaining 18 credit hours must include a quantitative methods course and 15 credit hours of upper level systematic geography courses.
Option III: Government and Politics
The Government and Politics program is under review. Please check with the Government Department regarding specific course work.
This option is primarily for those teacher candidates earning their initial degree. Requires a minimum of 65 credit hours of preprofessional/subject area course work. Thirty-six hours must be in GVPT. At least eighteen of the thirty-six credit hours must be upper-level courses.
All GVPT majors must also complete an approved skills option (a foreign language or three quantitative courses from a select list - see GVPT advising office.)
In addition, the GVPT program is a Limited Enrollment Program (LEP). See GVPT advisor for specific admission requirements.
Other Requirements for the Major
An overall grade point average of 2.75 must be maintained after admission to Teacher Education. All teacher candidates are required to obtain satisfactory evaluations on the College of Education Foundational Competencies and to attain qualifying scores for the State of Maryland on a test of basic skills and Praxis II assessments. The test of basic skills is required for admission, and Praxis II is required for the teaching internship and graduation. The culminating experience of the program is the yearlong internship, which takes place in a Professional Development School.
Requirements for the Minor
Requirements for the Minor Secondary Education
The Minor in Secondary Education provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to enroll in a sequence of education courses that helps them to determine if teaching is a viable career option for them. The 15-18 credit minor may be taken prior to admission into a teacher preparation program. If an undergraduate student pursuing or completing the minor desires to enter an education track, the candidate must apply for the dual major program to obtain certification as a secondary education classroom teacher through completion of a Maryland State Department of Education approved program option. Some of the courses undergraduates take to complete the Minor in Secondary Education may also be applicable in certification options at the graduate level offered through Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership. These individuals should consult with an advisor in the Office of Student Services to identify the most appropriate option leading to teacher certification and to review the specific admission requirements associated with these programs.
Requirements for the Minor in TESOL
The minor in Second Language Education provides opportunities for undergraduate subject area majors to complete a sequence of courses that helps them prepare for careers as teachers of English as a second language in US schools and/or prepare them for roles as teachers of English as a foreign language in international settings. It includes coursework from Curriculum and Instruction and Human Development. The curriculum provides a foundation in second language learning and pedagogy, adolescent learning, cross-cultural issues and understanding, and curricular and pedagogical issues which support reading and writing in a second language context. Several of the courses include field components that provide candidates with direct experience in working with second language learners. The minor incorporates coursework required for TESOL certification from the Maryland State Department of Education.
Secondary Education Upper Division Certificate
Advising is mandatory for all secondary education majors. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Student Services (301-405-2364).
The yearlong internship, which is the culminating experience in the teacher preparation program, takes place in a Professional Development School.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .