2017-2018 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Majors > Elementary/Special Education Major, B.A.
The elementary/special education program is designed to prepare and certify teachers for dual certification in elementary and special education. The elementary/special education major strengthens the preparation of teacher candidates to instruct both special education and general education children who will be assigned to their classrooms. Successful completion of the elementary/special education program leads to Maryland initial teaching certification in elementary (grades 1-6) and special education (grades 1-8). Program completers are prepared to teach children with and without disabilities in regular and inclusion classrooms. The focus within special education is on teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities who have learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and/or emotional disturbance. The elementary/special education major includes many field experiences and is based conceptually on InTASC, Council for Exceptional Children(CEC), and Association for Children's Education International (ACEI) standards, as well as on the Maryland State Department of Education’s “Redesign of Teacher Education.” The yearlong internship during the final two semesters takes place in two settings: one in an elementary classroom and the other in a special education program. The elementary/special education major is divided into sequential steps consisting of Prerequisites, Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III. The departmental unit assessment plan features a checkpoint at each step through which students must pass before advancing to the next phase.
The minimum requirement for a major in elementary/special education is the successful completion of Phase II coursework and field experiences. Completion of the certification program is contingent upon completion of Phase III and upon meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on the Praxis II tests specific to elementary and special education and attaining a rating of "Proficient" or higher on the Exit Folio.
The ELSP certification program requires students to demonstrate multidisciplinary breadth by completing:
Some Core Curriculum courses may satisfy the requirements for multidisciplinary breadth.
The courses in the prerequisite portion of the dual certification in elementary/special education program prepare students for the professional sequences in Phases I, II and III. Along with these prerequisite courses, students must complete field experiences in designated Professional Development Schools (PDSs). While completing prerequisite courses, dual certification in elementary/special education students must obtain Maryland’s minimum passing score on Praxis Core or MSDE equivalent.
Entry to Phase I is contingent upon (1) successful completion of prerequisite courses with no grade below a "C", (2) maintaining a 2.75 G.P.A. in education courses and overall G.P.A., (3) successful performance in prerequisite field experiences, (4) meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on Praxis Core or MSDE acceptable equivalent (e.g. SAT, ACT), (5) submission of the Phase I application, (6) endorsement by the Program Advisory Council, and (7) being in good campus judicial standing. By the end of Phase I, students may be asked to submit their Entry Folio for entrance into Phase II.
Entry to Phase II is contingent upon (1) successful completion of Phase I courses with no grade below a "C", (2) successful performance in Phase I field placements, (3) maintaining a 2.75 G.P.A. overall and in education courses, (4) a score of “Emergent” or higher on the Entry Folio, if required, (5) submission of the Phase II application, (6) endorsement by the Program Advisory Council, and (7) being in good campus judicial standing. Phase II is the initial semester of the yearlong internship. Students participate in full-time course work and field experiences in a designated PDS. Phase II courses are only open to students admitted to the yearlong internship. Phase II courses must be taken concurrently. When Phase II students are not in class, they are interning in a PDS. Upon the completion of Phase II, students are encouraged to take their PRAXIS II tests specific to elementary education and special education certification.
Entry into Phase III is contingent upon (1) successful completion of Phase II courses with no grade below a "C", (2) successful performance in Phase II internship, (3) maintaining a 2.75 G.P.A. overall and in education courses and (4) submission of the Phase III application, (5) endorsement by the Program Advisory Council, and (6) being in good campus judicial standing. The dual certification program in elementary/special education student will be engaged in a full-time teaching internship in designated PDSs. Phase III courses are only open to students who have successfully completed Phase II and have been approved to continue in the yearlong internship. Toward the end of Phase III and in partial fulfillment of program requirements, the student submits the Exit Folio, which must meet the rating score of “Proficient” or higher. Completion of Phase III and the certification program is contingent upon meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on Praxis II tests specific to elementary education and special education certification.
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