Dec 02, 2021  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Elementary Education

Offered by Education .

The elementary teacher is expected to be able to provide effective instruction in a broad array of content areas. For this reason, there are specific courses that all teacher candidates are required to take to ensure sufficient content background.

If chosen wisely, these courses can meet requirements of Education   and meet some of the General Education Program (GEP) of the university as well.

Teacher Certification and Licensure

Education  offers initial teacher certification programs that meet the standards set by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Teacher certification programs are completed in conjunction with undergraduate majors and may require coursework in the major field beyond the major requirements. Teacher candidates at UMBC who complete a certification program and pass the tests and performance assessments outlined by MSDE are recommended to Maryland State Department of Education for licensure by the UMBC Education Department.  More information about MDSE testing requirements can be found here:

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 76 credits
  • Minimum grade of 'C' in courses applied to the program
  • Completion of a UMBC major

Course Requirements

General Education Courses (31 credits)

Complete the following General Education courses. These courses may fulfill the student's GEP requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Social Studies

Complete one from the following courses:


Complete a minimum of one from the following courses. PSYC 200  is recommended.


Complete the following:

Fine Arts/Literature

Complete two courses in art, dance, music, film/video, theatre or literature, including a maximum of 3 credits in literature.