Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Mar 18, 2018  
Goucher College 2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalogue

Elementary Education Major

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Elementary Education Major that leads to Maryland certification, Grades 1-6

The Education program offers a major in elementary education. This program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. A student who fulfills the standards of the programs is recommended for elementary education certification (Grades 1-6) in Maryland. Although graduation usually occurs within eight semesters, satisfactory completion of certification requirements may require one or more additional semesters. Students who would like certification outside Maryland should contact the department of education of the state of their choice regarding reciprocity and that state’s requirements. Maryland law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime of violence or a crime against children from being certified to teach. Students enrolled in elementary education courses may be required to be fingerprinted for fieldwork internship placements.


  • ED 410 , ED 322 , and SPE 320  fulfill the writing proficiency in the major requirement.
  • ED 322  is a prerequisite for ED 341  and ED 442  and must be taken in the junior year.
  • Successful completion of Praxis Core or Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) qualifying scores on the SAT, ACT, or GRE general test is a prerequisite for ED 442 .
  • A minimum grade of B- in ED 442  and satisfactory completion of Praxis II are required to complete the certification program.

Academic courses are required in the following content areas:

  • Literature
  • English composition
  • Art and/or music (totaling 3 or more credits)
  • History (100- or 200-level)
  • History (200-level)
  • Social science (one course taken from one of the following programs: Sociology and Anthropology; Political Science and International Relations; Economics; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
  • Natural science (three courses other than psychology or cognitive science; one course must be a four-credit laboratory course)
  • Math (three courses if placed at the L level: MA 110 , MA 113 , and a DA-foundational course; students placing at the M level must complete a DA-foundational course; students placing at the H or H+ level must fulfill the college DA requirement).
  • A course in a non-Western culture (may simultaneously meet one of the above requirements)

Elementary Dance Education Certification, Grades 1-6 and Middle School

Students must double-major in elementary education and dance, including the following courses:

Notes Regarding Additional Certifications:

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