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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Curriculum and Instruction - Middle School (EDCI)

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

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

GEOL100/110 - Physical Geology and Laboratory


PHYS115 - Inquiry into Physics or PHYS 121 - Fundamentals of Physics I


BSCI103 -The World of Biology or BSCI 105 - Principles of Biology I or BSCI 122 - Microbes in Society


CHEM131/132 - Fundamentals of General Chemistry and Laboratory


AOSC200/201 - Weather and Climate with Laboratory


MATH212 - Elements of Numbers and Operations


MATH213 - Elements of Geometry and Measurement


MATH214 - Elements of Probability and Statistics


MATH312 - Mathematical Reasoning and Proof for Pre-service Middle School Teachers


MATH314 - Introduction to Probability, Data Analysis, and Statistics for Pre-Service Middle School Teachers


MATH315 - Algebra for Pre-Service Middle School Teacher


One from:   (3-4 credits)

ANTH220 - Introduction to Biological Anthropology
ASTR100/111 - Introduction to Astronomy and Observational Astronomy Laboratory
     or ASTR101 - General Astronomy
ASTR121 - Introductory Astrophysics II – Stars and Beyond
BSCII06 - Principles of Biology II BSCI 120 Insects
BSCI124/125 - Plant Biology and Laboratory for Non-Science Students
CHEM104 - Fundamentals of Organic and Biochemistry
ENST200 - Fundamentals of Soil Science
GEOG201/211 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Laboratory
PHYS102/103 - Physics of Music and Laboratory
PHYS106/107 - Light, Perception, Photography, and Visual Phenomena and Laboratory
PLSC100 - Introduction to Horticulture
PLSC101 - Introductory Crop Science

Pre-Professional Education Courses Credits
EDPS210 - Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Education or EDPS 301 - Foundations of Education 3
EDCI280 - Looking Inside Schools and Classrooms 3
EDCI297 - Students, Schooling, and Communities 3
EDHD4XX - Adolescent Development 3
EDHD436 - Cognition and Motivation in Reading: Reading Acquisition for Middle School Students 3
EDCI465 - Teaching Reading in Middle School Content Areas 3


Professional Education Courses


EDCI360 - Field Experience in Middle School Education


EDCI411 - Knowledge, Reasoning, and Learning in Science


EDCI413 - Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Middle Grades I


EDCI414 - Interdisciplinary Teaching in the Middle Grades II   2
EDCI424 - Equitable Classrooms    2
EDCI425 - Equity and Pedagogy   2
EDCI457 - Teaching and Learning Middle School Mathematics   3
EDCI460 - Student Teaching: Middle School 12
EDCI474 - 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/scholarships.html .


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