Education/Teaching (BA/MA)

5-year Program

Through diverse instructional strategies, dual certifications, and international internship opportunities, the combined five-year bachelor's and master's degree program for teacher certification offers a set of degrees that prepare teachers to meet the learning needs of all children, and are also highly marketable to potential employers.

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Program Locations

Available Majors

  • Elementary Education/Liberal Arts
  • Early Childhood Education/Liberal Arts
  • TESOL/Liberal Arts

Teacher Education Programs 

  • Elementary Education 
  • Elementary and Special Education
  • Elementary and Early Childhood Education
  • Art PreK-12
  • ESOL grades PreK-12
  • Art N-12
  • Secondary Education 
    • Biology
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • World Languages (French, Spanish)
    • Physics 
    • Social Studies

Dual Certifications

Unlike many other teacher preparation programs, most of our program completers are dual certified (in two, three or even four content areas).

The goal is to prepare teacher candidates to be able to teach all children regardless of learning style, differentiated or special needs, and racial or socio-economic status.

Dual or multiple certifications also increase the marketability of our graduates, furthering opportunities for meaningful employment.

Examples

  • Elementary Education, Early childhood Education, Special Education and TESOL
  • Mathematics and TESOL
  • Social Studies and Special Education

Additional Study Options

Some teacher candidates choose to explore other BA/MA areas of specialization. Examples include:

Check with your advisor to learn more about options that might be of interest to you.

Faculty

Course Matrix for Women's College Elementary Education BA/MAT Degrees
Required Professional Courses Bachelor of Arts Degrees - Elementary Education

*Notes - Some 300 and 400 level classes are taken as an undergraduate student

Elem. Educ.

Elem. & Special Educ.

Elem. & ECE

Elem. & TESOL

Elem, ECE, & Special

Elem, ECE, Special, & TESOL

EDU-300 or 556 Technology for Instruction and Management

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-303 or 510 Elementary Reading Materials

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-357 or 509 Processes & Acquisition of Reading

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-301 Educational Psychology AND PSY 203 Child and Adolescent Development (for 6 credits) OR

EDU-519 Human Development and Learning

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-307 Social Studies in Elementary School AND

312 Science in Elementary School (for 6 credits) OR

513 Science and Social Studies in Elementary School

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-308 or 508 Issues in ESOL

     

3 credits

 

3 credits

EDU-309 or 542 Instruction in Reading

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-310 or 592 Mathematics in the Elementary School

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-312 Science in the Elementary School

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-315 Curriculum Methods/Mat. for the Young Child

   

3 credits

     

EDU-346 or 546 Methods and Materials ESOL

     

3 credits

 

3 credits

EDU-347 or 547 Assessing Second Language

     

3 credits

 

3 credits

EDU-360 or 586 Techniques of Teaching Reading & Writing to Students with Limited English Proficiency

     

3 credits

 

3 credits

EDU-402 American Education in Historical Perspective

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-440 or 596 English Grammar for ESOL Teachers

     

3 credits

 

3 credits

EDU-460 or 511 Assessment of Reading

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU 602 Internship in the Elementary School

6 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-603 Internship in Early Childhood Education

   

3 credits

     

EDU 604 Analytic/Reflection/Research Seminar

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

 

3 credits

3 credits

EDU-611 Internship in TESOL Education

     

3 credits

 

3 credits

PSY-203 Child and Adolescent Development

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

SPE-326 or 526 Special Education for the Classroom Teacher

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

SPE-337 or 576 Communication Skills for the Special Educator

 

3 credits

   

3 credits

3 credits

SPE-321 or 546 Methods of Teaching Students with Special Needs

 

3 credits

   

3 credits

3 credits

SPE-344 or 544 Assessment in Special Education

 

3 credits

   

3 credits

3 credits

SPE-421 or 570 Elementary Curriculum Design and Adaptation

 

3 credits

   

3 credits

3 credits

SPE-475 or 601 Internship in Special Education

 

3 credits

   

3 credits

3 credits

TOTAL

45 credits

57 credits

48 credits

57 credits

57 credits

75 credits

ECE = Early Childhood Education TESOL = Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages

Some programs may require coursework during the summer and/or winterim. These six certification pathways do not cover the full range of possibilities.

What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University

With award-winning teacher certification programs nationally recognized by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, you can expect to benefit from small class sizes, expert faculty, and practical field experiences.

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What's Next: NDMU - MAT Program

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"NDMU has given me the confidence to be a capable and caring leader in my community. I’m so excited to get into the classroom this fall and move forward in my education." Next: NDMU - MAT Program

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Internship Opportunities

Internship placements are in professional development school environments through collaborative arrangements between Notre Dame and area school systems.

Teach Abroad

Education Careers

Graduates of NDMU are highly recruited for employment; many are offered teaching contracts even before completing their program of study.

See Our Award-Winning Teachers

For many, this first step in teaching leads to an entire career as a classroom teacher; for others it becomes a springboard for other education-related opportunities:

  • Master Teacher
  • Counselor
  • Media Specialist
  • Reading Specialist
  • Math Specialist
  • STEM Specialist
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • School-Based Administrator
  • Professional Development Coordinator

Veterans

As an approved provider of teacher certification in Maryland, Notre Dame also participates in the Troops to Teachers program.

Troops to Teachers