The Elementary Education Undergraduate Program is a professional preparation program, designed to be completed in 4 years. Graduates are eligible for elementary teaching certification in the state of Maryland. The Program equips students to meet the challenges of teaching in the 21st century by preparing them to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

Program graduates: 

  • have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter they teach
  • can effectively plan classroom based instruction
  • can  accurately  assess  and  analyze  student  learning,  make  appropriate  adjustments  to  instruction,  monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students 
  • are  able  to  work  with  students,  families,  and  communities  in  ways  that  reflect  the  dispositions  expected  of professional educators as delineated in professional, state, and institutional standards

For information on undergraduate admission to the University, please click here.

Once admitted to the University, students in the College of Education must meet the Selective Admissions requirements in order to proceed into the Professional portion of the Elementary Education program.  The Selective Admissions requirements for the Elementary Education program are as follows:

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UM GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C-” or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C-” or better
  • Minimum passing scores on a Basic Skills Tests (see advisor for details)

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of EDCI 280 with a “B-” or better
  • Satisfactory completion of the following courses with a 2.7 GPA
    • MATH 212 – Elements of Mathematics
    • MATH 213 – Elements of Geometry
    • 4-Credit CORE Physical Science with Lab course (PL)
    • 4-Credit CORE Biological Science with Lab course (LL)

Experiential Requirements

  • A resume that shows prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member or instructor)
  • Satisfactory rating on the College of Education Foundational Competencies

STEP ONE: Apply for undergraduate admission to the University.

Once admitted to the University, proceed to Step Two.

STEP TWO:  Please submit your application to the Professional Teacher Education Program online.

Please contact the Office of Student Services, ed-advising@umd.edu, or 301-405-2364.

For a list of the College of Education Scholarship opportunities please click here.

Leslie G. Gettier, Elementary Prgram Coordinator, lgettier@umd.edu