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Elementary/ Special Education

First year

Core Foundation (foreign language, PE)
A 4-credit lab course*
An English course (100 level)
MATH 111, 112, 120, 201, 202, or 207
PSY 101 or HIST 217 or 218

Core Foundation (including PE)
A 4-credit Science lab course*
PSY 101 or HIST 217 or 218 (if not taken in the fall)
An English course
MATH 112 or PSY 211**
One social science elective

Sophomore year

Core Foundation (foreign language if not completed)
EDUC 204
EDUC 223 or EDUC 236
An English couse (either semester)
A 4-credit Science lab course*
MATH 106**
Foreign language***

Core Foundation
EDUC 224****
EDUC 223 or EDUC 236
HIST 217 or HIST 218, if not already completed
MATH 107**
Foreign language***


*12 credits in science are required (at least one course must be a biological science course and at least one must be a physical science course). In order to finish in four years, it is essential that students enroll in three 4-credit science courses to fulfill the 12-credit science requirement. The Education Department strongly recommends completion of the 2-credit Physical Education Core requirement in the freshmen year and taking three 4-credit science courses beginning in the freshman year.

**12 credits in mathematics are required (MATH 111, 120, 201, 202 or 207; MATH 112 or PSY 211; MATH 106 and MATH 107). Students must satisfy the Hood Core with Math 111, 112, 201 or PSY 211.

***It is recommended that students complete their foreign language requirements by the end of their sophomore year.

****EDUC 204 must be taken before EDUC 224; PSY 101 must be taken before EDUC 223.

Study abroad: Elementary/Special Education (Dual Certification) majors who wish to study abroad in the junior year should keep this plan in mind when scheduling courses each semester. If they wish to study in a country where a foreign language is spoken, they must be sure to enroll in the appropriate language courses at Hood in the freshman and sophomore years. Students planning to study abroad should consult an Elementary/Special Education adviser when planning their course of study at Hood College.

Praxis: Students must obtain Maryland's minimum passing score on Praxis I before admission to Phase I. Elementary/Special Education students may not take any Phase I courses without having successfully met the minimum passing score on Praxis I.

Students must obtain Maryland's minimum passing score on the Elementary/Special Education Praxis II exams in partial fulfillment of program completion requirements. It is recommended that students take Praxis II prior to entering Phase III of the program.

Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) Requirement: Students must achieve a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) on a 4.0 scale and a minimum 2.75 GPA as well in education course work. Furthermore, a student earning a C- or lower in a required education course may not continue in the teacher education programs.

Internship: Almost all Education courses have a field placement component. Students seeking teacher certification must complete two consecutive semesters of the yearlong internship during Phases II and III. The internship placements are determined by the PDS Director.

Contact the Education Department for specific information regarding admission to and requirements for this program. The program coordinators for the Elementary/Special Education program are Dr. Christy Graybeal and Dr. Tricia Strickland.