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Faculty

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Chair

Eugene C. Schaffer

Professors

Zane L. Berge
JoAnn Crandall
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III
Sarah Shin

Associate Professors

Diane M. Lee
Mary S. Rivkin
Nancy R. Shelton
Sarah Shin
Jonathan E. Singer
Patricia Young

Assistant Professors

Cheryl North-Coleman

Clinical Associate Professor

Susan M. Blunck
Sue Small

Clinical Assistant Professors

Teresa Filbert
John Murdock
John Nelson
Linda Oliva

Lecturers

Sandra Abbott
Barbara Bourne
Dennis Cole
Julie Jones

Affiliate Professor

Phillip S. Sokolove

Affiliate Associate Professor

Ana María Schwartz

Affiliate Instructor

Beverly Bickel

Associate Professors Emeritus

Nita Barbour
Marvin Cook
David Young

PDS Coordinators

Deborah Bell
Nolan Houghtling

Director of Student Services

Vickie Williams

Curriculum Resource Center Coordinator

Sandra Danna

Director of the Resource Center for Language and Culture

Pat Petrlik

Coordinator of the Maryland Adult Literacy Resource Center

Katherine Ira

Clinical Lecturer

Jerri Frick

Clinical Instructor

Eunju Chen Chung
Jerri Frick

Director of Professional Development Schools

Teresa Filbert

Courses in this program are listed under EDUC.

Teacher Education Programs

Undergraduate certification programs are available in early childhood education (pre-K to grade 3), elementary education (grades 1 to 6) and secondary education (grades 7 to 12). Secondary certification programs include English, social studies, mathematics, science, art, music, dance, theatre and foreign language. All teacher education programs require 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, history, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, a foreign language or interdisciplinary studies. Secondary-teacher candidates must major in the content area they intend to teach.

Early Childhood Education


The early-childhood preparation program encompasses three major program components: professional content, field experience and process seminars. Because all program components are integrated, students concurrently enroll in them at each level. Students generally complete the program in four semesters. Because the program is competency based, however, students occasionally proceed through the sequence at different rates.


The program consists of 41 credits distributed as follows:


  • EDUC 439 Observation and Assessment in ECE [3]
  • EDUC 440 Field Experience in ECE [2]
  • EDUC 441 Children’s Literature and Other Materials for Literacy Development [3]
  • EDUC 442 Process Seminar in ECE Creative Media [1]
  • EDUC 444 Integrated Curriculum in ECE [3]
  • EDUC 445 Field Experience in ECE [2]
  • EDUC 443 Process Seminar in ECE Math-Science [2]
  • EDUC 446 Processes and Acquisition of Reading in Early Childhood [3]
  • EDUC 447 Teaching of Reading in ECE [3]
  • EDUC 448 Field Experience in ECE [2]
  • EDUC 419 Assessment of Reading Instruction [3]
  • EDUC 451 Internship Seminar in ECE [3]
  • EDUC 450 Internship in ECE [10] $600 lab fee
  • EDUC 424 Issues in Early-Childhood Education [1]


In fulfilling UMBC’s General Education Program (GEP), early-childhood students are advised to meet early-childhood requirements simultaneously. The requirements are:


A. Fine Arts/Literature (6 credits)

Courses in art, dance, music, film/video, theatre or literature, with the stipulation that no more than three credits be in literature.

B. Social Studies (6 credits)

Courses in the general areas of contemporary world culture and American culture. (Consult advisor in education department for recommended courses.)

C. Psychology (6 credits)

PSYC 100 and 200 or a course in child psychology, or child development, or developmental psychology

D. Mathematics and Science (11 credits)

Science 100 or other environmental or earth science are highly recommended. Math 131 and 132 or program approved substitutions are required.


Elementary Education

The elementary teacher is expected to be able to provide effective instruction in a broad array of content areas. For this reason, there are specific courses that all teacher candidates are required to take to ensure sufficient content background.

If chosen wisely, these courses can meet the requirements of the Department of Education and meet some of the General Education Program (GEP) of the university as well.


Professional Courses

  • EDUC 310 Inquiry into Education [3]
  • EDUC 311 Psychological Foundations of Education [3]
  • EDUC 412 Analysis of Teaching and Learning [3]
  • EDUC 417 Processes and Acquisition of Reading [3]
  • EDUC 418 Instruction of Reading [3]
  • EDUC 419 Assessment of Reading Instruction [3]
  • EDUC 420 Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School [3]
  • EDUC 421 Teaching Science in the Elementary School [3]
  • EDUC 422 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School [3]
  • EDUC 388 Inclusion and Instruction [3]
  • EDUC 416 Materials for Reading Instruction [3]
  • EDUC 452 Internship in Elementary Education [10] $600 lab fee
  • EDUC 453 Internship Seminar for Elementary Education [2]


The following general education courses also are required of all elementary education students. (Some of these courses may fulfill GEP requirements.):

Fine Arts/Literature [6]

Courses in art, dance, music, film/video, theatre or literature, with the stipulation that no more than three credits be in literature.

Mathematics [8]


  • MATH 131 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers I [4]
  • MATH 132 Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers II [4]
  • STAT 121 Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences [4]

Note: While not required, STAT 121 is strongly recommended for all elementary education students.

Social Studies

One Geography course

Psychology [4]

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 200 is recommended

Science [7]

At least one course in the biological sciences and one course in a physical science. Lab experience in one science is required.

Science 100 is recommended.

Social Science [6]


Psychology courses other than PSYC 200 (Developmental Psychology) may not be used to satisfy this requirement.(Consult advisor in the education department for recommended courses.)


Secondary Education


The secondary education program provides learning experiences to prepare students to earn teaching certification for grades 7-12. Students seeking secondary teacher certification complete the requirements of selected majors and professional education courses. In cooperation with other departments, specific tracks have been developed to ensure that teacher candidates’ content background is rigorous and current. Students seeking secondary education certification have a major adviser and an education adviser. Secondary certification programs include:

  • Art (K-12)
  • Dance (K-12)
  • English
  • Foreign Language
  • Mathematics
  • Music (K-12)
  • Science
  • Social Studies


Professional Courses

  • EDUC 310 Inquiry into Education [3]
  • EDUC 311 Psychological Foundations of Education [3]
  • EDUC 412 Analysis of Teaching and Learning [3]
  • EDUC 4XX Teaching methods in candidate’s content area [3]
  • EDUC 388 Inclusion and Instruction [3]
  • EDUC 410 Reading in The Content Area I [3]
  • EDUC 411 Reading in The Content Area II [3]
  • EDUC 456 Internship in Secondary Education[10] $600 lab fee
  • EDUC 457 Internship Seminar for Secondary Education [2]