2017-2018 Catalog > Undergraduate Studies > Undergraduate Majors > 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 baccalaureate degree. They may become certified to teach in early childhood education, elementary/special education or secondary education in the subject areas of art (preK-12), biology, chemistry, English, French (preK-12), history, mathematics and Spanish (preK-12). Students who select this option must meet certification requirements through satisfactory completion of their program’s required content and professional education courses. The Education Department is recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and is aligned with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Upon successful completion of one of the teacher education programs and attainment of the Maryland state minimum scores on all state-required Praxis Core 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. It is strongly advised that interns not have outside employment during Phases II and III. Teaching interns have one year from the completion of the teaching internship to pass the Praxis II test and to complete all other program requirements in order to be designated an official program completer. It is the responsibility of the intern to inform the Education Department upon completion of all requirements.
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.
Through an integration of the liberal arts and the professions, Hood College provides an education that empowers students to use their hearts, minds and hands to meet personal, professional and global challenges and to lead purposeful lives of responsibility, leadership, service and civic engagement.
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