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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Curriculum and Instruction - Middle School (EDCI)

College of Education
2311 Benjamin Building, 301-405-3324

The Major

Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership offers undergraduate curricula in Middle School Education that lead to the Bachelor of Science degree and prepare teachers for teaching in middle schools, grades 4-9.

Graduates of the Middle School Math and Science (grades 4-9) program 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. 

Program Learning Outcomes

 1. Middle School teacher candidates have in-depth knowledge of the subject matter that they teach as described in professional (Association for Middle Level Education – AMLE); state (MSDE); and, institutional standards.

2. Middle School 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. Middle School 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. Middle School 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 (AMLE); state (MSDE); and, institutional standards.

5. Middle School 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 in Chapter 6 .

Placement in Courses

The Middle School 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. 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 professional education course requirements they must 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 of the program is the yearlong internship, which takes place in a Collaborating School (i.e., partner school, PDS - Professional Development School).

Pre-Professional/Subject Area Courses Credits

GEOL 100/110 - Physical Geology and Laboratory


PHYS 115 - Inquiry into Physics or PHYS 121 - Fundamentals of Physics I


BSCI 103 -The World of Biology or BSCI 105 - Principles of Biology I or BSCI 122 - Microbes in Society


CHEM 131/132 - Fundamentals of General Chemistry and Laboratory


AOSC 200/201 - Weather and Climate with Laboratory


MATH 212 - Elements of Numbers and Operations


MATH 213 - Elements of Geometry and Measurement


MATH 214 - Elements of Probability and Statistics


MATH 312 - Mathematical Reasoning and Proof for Pre-service Middle School Teachers


MATH 314 - Introduction to Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistics for Pre-Service Middle School Teachers


MATH 315 - Algebra for Pre-Service Middle School Teacher


One from:   (3-4 credits)

ANTH 220 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ASTR 100/111 - Introduction to Astronomy and Observational Astronomy Laboratory
     or ASTR 101 - General Astronomy
ASTR 121 - Introductory Astrophysics II – Stars and Beyond
BSCI I06 - Principles of Biology II BSCI 120 Insects
BSCI 124/125 - Plant Biology and Laboratory for Non-Science Students
CHEM 104 - Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry
ENST 200 - Fundamentals of Soil Science
GEOG 201/211 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Laboratory
PHYS 102/103 - Physics of Music and Laboratory
PHYS 106/107 - Light, Perception, Photography, and Visual Phenomena and Laboratory
PLSC 100 - Introduction to Horticulture
PLSC 101 - Introductory Crop Science


Pre-Professional Education Courses Credits
EDPS 210 - Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Education or EDPS 301 - Foundations of Education 3
EDCI 280 - Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms 3
EDCI 297 - Students, Schooling, and Communities 3
EDHD 4XX - Adolescent Development 3
EDHD 436 - Cognition and Motivation in Reading: Reading Acquisition for Middle School Students 3
EDCI 465 - Teaching Reading in Middle School Content Areas 3



Professional Education Courses



EDCI 360 - Field Experience in Middle School Education



EDCI 411 - Knowledge, Reasoning, and Learning in Science


EDCI 413 - Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Middle Grades I


EDCI 414 - Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Middle Grades II 2
EDCI 424 - Equitable Classrooms  2
EDCI 425 - Equity and Pedagogy 2
EDCI 457 - Teaching and Learning Middle School Mathematics 3
EDCI 460 - Student Teaching: Middle School 12
EDCI 474 - Teaching Academically, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse STudents in Secondary Education 2


Other Requirements for the Major


Advising is mandatory for all middle school math and science education majors. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, contact the Office of Student Services (301-405-2364).


The yearlong internship, which is the culminating experience in the teacher preparation program, takes place in a Professional Development School.

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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