Certification programs are approved by Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Certification is available in early childhood education (Pre-K to grade 3), elementary education (Grades 1 to 6), and secondary education (middle school, high school). Secondary certification programs include English, social studies, mathematics, science, art, music, dance, theater and foreign language
All teacher certification requires the completion of an academic major. During their first advisement session, all teacher candidates will be informed of the choices of major that are appropriate for their area of certification.
- Early childhood teacher candidates may select any major that meets their intellectual interest.
- Elementary teacher candidates’ choices of major include English, American Studies, Africana Studies, Political Science, Geography and Environmental Systems, History, Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, a foreign language, Interdisciplinary Studies, or Psychology.
- Secondary teacher candidates must major in the content area that they intend to teach.
The certification programs of the Department of Education are required to meet the standards set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). In addition, there is a continuing analysis of all programs of the Department to determine whether modifications are necessary to improve their quality and efficiency. When a standard is changed, a requirement is added, or a modification is made after the publication of the catalog, a change in one, or all of our programs, may be necessary even though it does not appear in the catalog. Changes of this type will be made to the program descriptions on the web site of the Department of Education as soon as possible. Please check our web site periodically for program changes or see an adviser.