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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Curriculum and Instruction - Elementary Education (EDCI)

College of Education
2311 Benjamin Building, 301-405-3324
www.education.umd.edu/TLPL
Chair: F. Hultgren (Prof & Chair)
Professors: P. Afflerbach, D. Chazan, M. Dreher, D. Imig (Prof Of Practice), S. Koziol (Assoc. Dean), J. MacSwan (Prof, Affiliate Prof), J. McGinnis, O. Saracho, D. Sullivan, L. Valli, D. Wiseman (Dean)
Associate Professors: P. Campbell, A. Elby (Assoc Prof, Affil Assoc Prof), D. Ketelhut (Assoc Prof), J. McCaleb, J. O'Flahavan, W. Slater, J. Turner
Assistant Professors: A. Brantlinger, L. Clark, A. Edwards, S. Hughes, M. Hyler, V. MacDonald, M. Martin-Beltran, M. Peercy
Affiliate Professors: E. Redish
Affiliate Associate Professors: S. Benson, R. Lavine
Professors Emeriti: M. Chambliss, A. Graeber, W. Holliday, M. Johnson

The Major

Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership offers an undergraduate curriculum in elementary education that leads to the Bachelor of Science.  Courses offered in this program may be found under the following acronym: EDCI. Graduates of the Elementary Education program are prepared to teach grades 1 through 6, and meet the requirements for certification in Maryland and additional states that are affiliated with the Interstate Reciprocity Agreement through the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). 

Program Learning Outcomes

1.  Elementary Education teacher candidates have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they teach as described in professional (Association for Childhood Education International, ACEI), state (MSDE), and institutional standards. 

2.  Elementary Education teacher candidates can effectively plan classroom-based instruction or activities for their roles as teachers. Candidates' knowledge, skills, and dispositions are applied effectively in practice.

3.  Elementary Education teacher candidates practice evidence-based decision-making through the use of assessment as well as the critical interpretation of research and inquiry in order to improve educational practice.  They accurately assess and analyze student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students.

4.  Elementary Education teacher candidates demonstrate understanding of learners and their social and cultural contexts with a global perspective and intentional sensitivity to other cultures.  They are able to work with students, families, and communities in ways that reflect the dispositions expected of professional educators as delineated in professional (ACEI), state (MSDE), and institutional standards. 

5.  Elementary Education teacher candidates competently integrate technology in instruction to support student learning and develop data-driven solutions for instructional and school improvement.  They demonstrate proficiency in each of the seven Maryland Teacher Technology Standards.

Admission to the Major

Admission to the Teacher Education Professional Program is competitive. Admission procedures and criteria are explained in the College of Education entry.

Placement in Courses

The Elementary Education program includes both pre-professional and professional education course work.  Before undergraduates may enroll in courses identified as part of the professional sequence, they must complete the selective admissions requirements and be fully admitted to the College of Education's Teacher Education program. Admission procedures and criteria are explained in the College of Education entry. To be eligible to enroll in professional sequence courses during the Fall semester, prospective majors must submit a completed application form by May 1st of the preceding Spring semester. Teacher candidates will not be permitted to enroll in professional sequence courses -- including the yearlong internship -- prior to completion of the selective admissions requirements and full admission to the College of Education.

Requirements for the Major

All Teacher Education Programs have designated pre-professional courses and a specified sequence of professional courses. Before undergraduates may enroll in courses identified as part of the professional sequence, they must complete the selective admission requirements and be fully admitted to the College of Education's Teacher Education Program. An overall grade point average of 2.75 must be maintained after admission to Teacher Education. All teacher candidates are required to obtain satisfactory evaluations on the College of Education Foundational Competencies/Technical Standards and to attain qualifying scores for the State of Maryland on the Praxis I and Praxis II assessments. Praxis I is required for admission, and Praxis II is required for the teaching internship and graduation. The culminating experience is the yearlong internship, which takes place in a Professional Development School.

 

    Credits
  The Gateway Requirements for entrance into the Elementary Teacher Education program include:  
BIOSCI     Biological Science/Lab 4
PHY SCI Physical Science/Lab  4
MATH212      Elements of Numbers and Operations 3
MATH213 Elements of Geometry and Measurement 3
EDCI280 Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms* 3
  *minimum grade, B-  
   NOTE: The 14-16 credits of math and science must be completed with a minimum grade of C- in each course and an overall GPA of 2.7.  
     
  Courses which double count with the General Education Program  
  Courses which may satisfy the university's general education requirements and which are required in the Elementary Education program of studies follow:  
HIST200 History of the United States to 1865 3
BIO SCI Biological Science/Lab Gateway Requirement 4
PHY SCI Physical Science/Lab Gateway Requirement 4
SOC SCI Social Science 3
  Recommended social science course options:   
GEOG100 Introduction to Geography  
GVPT170 American Government  
PSYC100 Introduction to Psychology  
SOCY100 Introduction to Sociology  
     
  Other Pre-Professional Requirements:  
EDCI301 Teaching Art in the Elementary School, OR 3
ARTT100  Two Dimensional Design Fundamentals, OR  
ARTT110  Elements of Drawing  
EDCI443 Literature for Children and Youth 3
MATH214 Elements of Probability and Statistics 3
MUED155 Fundamentals for the Classroom Teacher 3
SOCY230 Sociological Social Psychology, OR 3
PSYC221  Social Psychology  
EDMS410 Classroom Assessment 3
EDPS301 Foundations of Education, OR 3
EDPS201  Education in Contemporary American Society, OR  
EDPS210  Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Education  
EDHD411 Child Growth and Development 3
EDHD425 Language Development and Reading Acquisition 3
Area Crs Area of Emphasis chosen from the following areas: 18
  Communication, Foreign Language, Literature, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies**  
     
  **The EDCI Advising Office has detailed information regarding each area of emphasis. All pre-professional course work must be completed with a C- or better.  
     
  Professional Education Courses:  
EDCI397 Principles and Methods of Teaching in Elementary Schools 3
EDCI461 Materials and Instruction for Creating Skilled and Motivated Readers, Part I 3
     
  Year Long Internship  
EDCI322 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Ed.: Social Studies  3
EDCI342 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Ed.: Language Arts  3
EDCI352 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Ed.: Mathematics  3
EDCI362 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Ed.: Reading 3
EDCI372 Curriculum and Instruction in Elementary Ed.: Science 3
EDCI488 Classroom Management  1
EDCI481 Student Teaching: Elementary 12
EDCI464 Assessment for Reading 3
     
  NOTES:  
 
  • All pre-professional and professional courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
  • All courses must be completed before the year-long internship unless an exception has been approved by the EDCI Advising Office.
  • A passing score on Praxis II is required before enrollment in the teaching internship.
 

 

Other Requirements for the Major

An overall grade point average of 2.75 must be maintained after admission to Teacher Education. All teacher candidates are required to obtain satisfactory evaluations on the College of Education Foundational Competencies/Technical Standards and to attain qualifying scores for the State of Maryland on the Praxis I and Praxis II assessments. Praxis I is required for admission, and Praxis II is required for the teaching internship and graduation. The culminating experience of the program is the yearlong internship, which takes place in a Professional Development School (PDS)/collaborating partner school.

Advising

Advising is mandatory for all elementary education majors. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Student Services (301-405-2344).

Fieldwork Opportunities

EDCI 280 (Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms) typically is taken during the sophomore year.  This course, which is part of the gateway requirements for admission to the Elementary Education Teacher Education Program, provides an  exploration of teaching in the public schools.  This course includes a three hour per week field component.

Internships

During the senior year of the program, teacher candidates complete a yearlong internship in a network of professional development school settings (PDS Networks). These sites reflect the linguistic, ethnic and economic diversity that is characteristic of the Greater Baltimore-Washington D. C. region.  For additional information about the yearlong internship, see the College of Education entry.

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu.

The College of Education also offers a number of scholarships.  For more information, see  

www.education.umd.edu/studentinfo/undergraduate_info/scholarships.html .

 

 

 

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