Education Department

Associate Professors: John George, Christy Graybeal, Ellen G. Koitz, Judy Sherman (chair)

Assistant Professors: Jennifer Cuddapah, Francine Johnson, Amy Noggle, Tricia Strickland, Marisel Torres-Crespo

Visiting Instructor: Roger Stenersen

Visiting Assistant Professor: Kate Powell

Clinical Instructors: Casey Day-Kells, Debra Hanley, Debra Smith

Coordinator  of Educational Assessment: Tanya Williams

Professional Development School Director, ECE and Elementary/Special Education PDS Liaison: Paula Gordon

Title II Supplementary Information available at:

The Department of Education offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher education programs in early childhood education, dual certification in elementary and special education and eight secondary education certification programs in the subject areas of art (preK-12), biology, chemistry, English, French, history, mathematics and Spanish. There is a concentration in Studio Art Teacher Certification Program (preK-12). Master of Science degrees are offered in Educational Leadership, Reading Specialization and in Curriculum and Instruction, with concentrations in elementary education, elementary school science and mathematics, secondary education and special education. All Hood College Education programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and the The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) using nationally recognized standards.

Education faculty are active in national professional organizations and in local schools as supervisors of students, consultants and researchers. Hood’s full-time faculty is supplemented by adjunct faculty who are recognized as distinguished educators.

Facilities: Several facilities on campus serve as laboratories or curriculum materials centers for the teacher education program. The Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School, founded in 1929, serves as a nursery school for 3- and 4-year-old children. Students observe and teach in the O.P.C.D.L. School. An elementary science and mathematics classroom and the instructional technology classroom are available to students. In addition, many courses are taught in the Tatem Art Building’s “Smart Rooms,” which are equipped with instructional technology. Area school districts work cooperatively with the education department in offering numerous field experiences to teacher education students through Professional Development School (PDS)partnerships. Education students are engaged in continuous and extensive field experiences in the PDS and the O.P.C.D.L. School beginning with their first education course and continuing through program completion.

Programs Offered:

Education Majors and Certification Programs

Students may enter certification programs as undergraduates majoring in early childhood education (ECE) or elementary/special education (ELSP). Secondary and art education are not majors. Rather, students seeking secondary certification major in an academic field and concurrently complete the secondary program requirements leading to certification eligibility. Multidisciplinary breadth for all students is demonstrated through completion of additional general education courses beyond Hood’s Core Curriculum. 

Hood’s Department of Education offers teacher certification programs for holders of a bacca-laureate degree. They may become certified to teach in early childhood education, elemen-tary/special education or secondary education in the subject areas of art (preK-12), biology, chemistry, English, French, history, mathematics and Spanish. Students who select this option must meet certification requirements through satisfactory completion of their program’s required content and professional education courses. All teacher certification programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and the The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and meet the Title II requirements of the Higher Education Act.

Our Vision as a Department

The education department envisions developing well-educated and well-prepared teachers and educational leaders who are self-actualized in both intellectual pursuits and pedagogical applications.

Mission Statement

The mission of the education department is to prepare academically competent and profes-sional educators who are committed to facilitating learning in a culturally diverse society. This mission reflects a commitment to providing a technologically enhanced environment in which to nurture highly skilled educators who have a broad base in the liberal arts, are active learners and are reflective practitioners. Inherent in our mission is the awareness that education is a scholarly pursuit, a science, an art and a profession. In order to meet our vision and mission statements, the education department has framed six Institutional Outcomes (IOs) that all candidates must meet. These IOs are assessed at various points in the programs of study.

Institutional (Department) Outcomes

We believe that the education department at Hood College prepares educators who:

  1. Demonstrate the subject matter content, pedagogical knowledge, teaching skills and profes-sional dispositions necessary to ensure that all of their students and clients learn. (CONTENT KNOWLEDGE and SKILLS)

  2. Use their knowledge of diversity to create learning environments that support the belief that all students can learn. (DIVERSITY)

  3. Use assessment data to guide practices that support the belief that all students can learn. (ASSESSMENT)

  4. Use technology to enhance learning. (TECHNOLOGY)

  5. Communicate effectively with students, parents and colleagues in order to facilitate learning. (COMMUNICATION)

  6. Reflect on their practice and are committed Mission Statement

The education department envisions developing well-educated and well-prepared teachers and educational l


Upon successful completion of one of the teacher education programs and attainment of the Maryland state minimum scores on all state-required Praxis I and II exams, students are eligible for certification to teach in Maryland with reciprocal certification to teach in nearly all other states. It is the student’s responsibility to contact individual states other than Maryland for information regarding certification requirements for specific programs. Teacher candidates should also be aware that local school systems may impose additional requirements beyond state certification.

As with most colleges and universities, there is an additional fee required for the teaching internship, formerly known as “student teaching.” Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from field experiences. Variation from Hood’s holiday and vacation schedules may be required to accommodate local school district calendars.


All education programs require the candidates to use the Chalk and Wire e-Portfolio system to create a program e-Portfolio with specified performance assessments and activities. Candidates enrolling in EDUC 204 will begin to post their coursework electronically and will use the e-Portfolio for the remainder of their coursework in education. Transfer students will begin using the e-Portfolio system upon entering the education program at Hood.