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Undergraduate Catalog 2012



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Eugene C. Schaffer


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

Associate Professors

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

Assistant Professors

Cheryl North-Coleman
Christopher Rakes

Clinical Associate Professor

Susan M. Blunck
Sue Small
Greg Williams

Clinical Assistant Professors

John Nelson
Linda Oliva

Affiliate Professor

Phillip S. Sokolove

Affiliate Associate Professor

Ana María Schwartz

Associate Professors Emeritus

Nita Barbour
Marvin Cook
David Young

PDS Coordinators

Deborah Bell
James Lindsay

Director of Student Services

Vickie Williams

Director of the Resource Center for Language and Culture

John Nelson

Coordinator of the Maryland Adult Literacy Resource Center

Katherine Ira

Clinical Instructor

Barbara Bourne
Jerri Frick

Director of Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

Pamela Morgan

Courses in this program are listed under EDUC .


Initial Teacher Certification Programs are offered by the Department of Education in early childhood, elementary, and secondary.The ESOL certification program is available only at the graduate level. All programs meet the standards set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Teacher candidates who complete a program are eligible for teacher certification in Maryland and more than 40 states. Certification programs undergo continuous review. Changes may occur after the issuance of this catalogue. Please check the department website or with an advisor for up-to-date information.

Academic Advising

All teacher candidates will have two advisors, an education advisor and a major advisor. Completing the teacher education certification sequence of courses requires a thoughtful organization of the student’s coursework and other academic requirements; therefore, early and continuing advising is necessary. Prospective teacher candidates should seek advisement early in the freshman year so they can begin taking courses that meet both the General Education Program and the requirements of teacher certification. For students who decide to teach in the sophomore or junior year, a program can be developed to accommodate their specific needs. Transfer students should arrange for advising immediately at the time of transfer by contacting an advisor in the Department of Education. They also should arrange for advisement in their major program. All teacher candidates must meet with an advisor each semester to review their progress and to receive permission to take subsequent courses. Advisors are always available for additional guidance when teacher candidates have questions or concerns.

Admission Requirements

Teacher candidates are required to pass the prescribed tests and attain an overall GPA of 2.75 to progress in the Teacher Certification program. They must have an overall GPA of 3.0 before beginning their clinical practice (internship).

Teacher Licensure

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) is responsible for licensing teachers. To be recommended to the Maryland State Department of Education for licensure by the UMBC Department of Education, teacher candidates must successfully complete their certification program and pass the Praxis I and Praxis II tests specified for their area of certification. A standard professional certificate will then be issued by MSDE upon the request of the candidate.

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 (8 credits)

Math 131 and 132 or program approved substitutions are required.

E. Science (8 credits)

 SCIENCE 100 or equivalent environmental course and one additional science with lab.

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 [12]

  • 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]

Social Studies

Social studies requires GES 102 Human Geography.

Psychology [4]

  • PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 200 is recommended

Science [7]

SCIENCE 100 is required. Students must also take one additional biological or one physical science.

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]


Professional Development Schools

Partnerships with many schools and school districts offer students opportunities to integrate theory and practice and to learn from experienced teachers and other professionals in classrooms and other school-based settings. All teacher candidates are required to complete a school-based experience of at least 100 days over two semesters. The first semester will include a field experience related to methods courses and/or the seminar. This will be followed by a full semester of clinical practice (internship). There is a $600 lab fee for the internship. (Changes may occur to the lab fee after the issuance of this catalogue.)

Student Organizations

Future Educators

The Future Educators at UMBC is an organization within the Department of Education for students who share a mutual interest in teaching. The group offers undergraduate and graduate students in the early-childhood, elementary and secondary programs an opportunity to explore contemporary issues in education and to build a sense of community and support among future educators. Students work together on special projects such as hosting author appearances and facilitating campus visits by high school students. Each semester, a panel of student teachers relates classroom experiences to students who are preparing for this internship. All students who are interested in teaching are welcome to join the group and participate in its activities.

Chi Psi Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. It is open to juniors and seniors who have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and exemplify the mission of the Department of Education.