Major Four Year Plans

The College of Education confers the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) depending on the amount of liberal arts study included in a particular degree program. Minimum requirements for graduation are 120 semester hours. Some majors require more than 120 credits. In addition to the university's general education requirements and the specific requirements for each program, the College of Education requires that all teacher education majors complete a Foundations of Education course and, depending upon the teacher education major, six to twelve semester hours of reading course requirements. A grade of C (2.0) or better is required in all pre-professional and professional course work required for the major. An overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75 must be maintained after admission to the Professional Teacher Education programs. A grade of "S" is required in the student teaching internship.

For information about the Human Development Major please click here

Pre-Professional Requirements:

Students in the pre-professional Education majors must apply to their respective professional teacher education programs. The application process for the professional programs will vary depending on the Education major. Students must be fully admitted to their professional education program upon completion of 60 credits. Transfer students that matriculate to the University with advanced credit (e.g. 60 credits or more) will be given two semesters to meet these requirements.

For more information about our programs and requirements please contact our advisors.

Pre-Professional Education Programs

Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (P-3rd Grade)
Elementary Education (1st-6th Grade)
Middle School Math and Science Education (4th-9th Grade)
Secondary Education (7th-12th Grade; Studio Art and World Language: P-12th Grade)
Special Education (1st - 8th Grade) 

Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-3rd Grade)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD 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 Test of Basic Skills

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of EDHD 220 (Early Childhood) with a “B” (3.0) 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 Physical Science with Lab course (DSNL)
    • 4-Credit Biological Science with Lab course (DSNL)

       *Each of the above 4 Gateway Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-".

Experiential Requirements

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

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program.  Admission to the professional program is competitive. 

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Elementary (1st-6th Grade) 

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD 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 Test of Basic Skills

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of TLPL 251 with a “B” (3.0) 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 Physical Science with Lab course (DSNL)
    • 4-Credit Biological Science with Lab course (DSNL)

        *Each of the above 4 Gateway Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-".

Experiential Requirements

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

 



 

 

NOTE: Students who apply to the Elementary Professional Teacher Education Programs and are initially denied may reapply only once. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education Program. Admission to the professional program is competitive.

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Middle School Math and Science Education (4th-9th Grade)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD 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 Test of Basic Skills

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of TLPL 251 with a “B” (3.0) 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 Physical Science with Lab course (DSNL)
    • 4-Credit Biological Science with Lab course (DSNL)

       *Each of the above 4 courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-"

Experiential Requirements

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

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program. Admission to the professional program is competitive.

 

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

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Secondary Education (7th-12th Grade)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration and for graduate programs
  • 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 Test of Basic Skills

Gateway Courses

  • Satisfactory completion of Methods I with a “B” (3.0) or better

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty in your content area major)
  • Submission of the College of Education Foundational Competencies Acknowledgement Form
  • See an Advisor for additional gateway requirements

Secondary Education 4-year Plans & Program Requirements (New General Ed): 

Secondary Science/Computer Science Education 
Secondary Math Education
Secondary Science/Agricultural Science & Technology Education
Secondary Science/Biology Education
Secondary Science/Chemistry Education
Secondary Science/Geology Education
Secondary Science/Physics Education

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

Secondary Education Benchmarks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


World Languages 4-year Plans & Program Requirements (New Gen Ed): 

World Languages Benchmarks:

 

 

Students who are interested in pursuing the combined 5-year B.S./M.Ed. programs in either Secondary, students must apply to the Professional Teacher Education Program (master's portion of the program) within their majors.

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program. Admission to the professional program is competitive. 

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

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Special Education (1st - 8th Grade)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 45 credits
  • Cumulative UMD GPA of 2.75 or higher; 3.0 GPA is recommended for best consideration and for graduate programs
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental English requirement with a “C-” or better
  • Completion of lower-level Fundamental Math requirement with a “C-” or better
    (NOTE: Special Education majors must take STAT 100)
  • Minimum passing scores on a Test of Basic Skills

Gateway Requirements

For current students graduating in the Spring 2022 semester or before:

  • Satisfactory completion of EDSP 210 or EDSP 470 with a "B-" or better
  • Satisfactory completion of STAT 100 with "C" or better

Effective Fall 2019 for students graduating in the Spring 2023 semester or after:

  • EDSP 210 (or approved substitute) with a B- or higher 
  • 2.70 Cumulative GPA in the following courses:
    • Biological Science with Lab
    • Physical Science with Lab
    • MATH 212
    • STAT 100

*Each of the above 4 Gateway Courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-".

Experiential Requirements

  • Prior experience in the education field with youth in the age range you intend to teach
  • A written goal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member)
  • Submission of the College of Education Foundational Competencies/Model Code of Ethics for Educators (FC/MCEE)

 

 

Special Education Sample 4-year Plan

 

NOTE: Students may apply for admission to the Professional Teacher Education Programs only once. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Professional Teacher Education program. Admission to the professional program is competitive.

Please see the Teacher Education Certification Programs for more information about each teacher preparation program.

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