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Programs Offered

Early Childhood Education Major, B.A.

The early childhood education program is designed to prepare teacher candidates to teach young children. Successful completion of the early childhood education program with the Phase II and Phase III yearlong internship and attainment of Maryland state minimum passing scores on Praxis I and II leads to Maryland state initial teaching certification to teach preschool, kindergarten and grades 1-3. The Phase III teaching internship requires two placements, one in kindergarten and one in a primary classroom. Beginning in the prerequisite phase, students have the unique opportunity to observe in the Onica Prall Child Development Laboratory School on campus, which offers preschool for children ages 3-4. The ECE program includes many field experiences and is based conceptually on the INTASC Principles and the NAEYC Standards.

Elementary/Special Education Major, B.A.

The elementary/special education program is designed to prepare teachers for dual certification in elementary and special education. Today’s special education and general education children are frequently taught together in the same classroom. The philosophy of inclusion supports this approach. The dual certification major strengthens the preparation of teacher candidates to instruct both special education and general education children who will be assigned to their classrooms. It meets the federal requirement for preparing “highly qualified teachers” a part of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation.

Education Majors and Programs: Secondary Education Certification

To obtain Maryland teaching certification at the secondary level, grades 7-12, students major at Hood College or another accredited institution in one of the following academic fields: art (preK-12), biology, chemistry, English, French, history, mathematics or Spanish. Three phases comprise the teacher certification program in secondary education, each of which has specific course requirements and field experiences based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium Principles.

Education Majors and Programs

Certification Options Students may enter certification programs as undergraduates majoring in early childhood education, dual certification in elementary and special education or secondary education in a specific subject area. ECE majors may complete a minor. Students who are seeking secondary

Mathematics Education Minor

The mathematics education minor is open only to students majoring in early childhood education or elementary/special education.

Curriculum and Instruction, M.S.

Program Director: Judy Sherman, Ed.D.;  301-696-3464

The Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers who want to enrich their professional knowledge and skills. The program draws from the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS) and the Maryland Teacher Technology Standards (MTTS) in advancing candidates’ knowledge and skills. The curriculum includes a core of professional education courses, with concentrations in five areas of education: early childhood education, elementary education, elementary school science and mathematics, secondary education and special education. Special education offers the choice of three areas of specialization: early childhood special education, elementary/ middle special education and secondary special education. This 36-credit program does not lead to initial teacher certification.  

Educational Leadership, M.S.

Program Director: Roger Stenersen;  301-696-3766

The Educational Leadership program provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the principles and practices of school administration and supervision. The Educational Leadership program offers two options: a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership and an Educational Leadership Certification program for those who hold a master’s degree in a related field. This program is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) for both Administrator I and Administrator II certification. Students who complete either option of the program will receive their certification through MSDE and not Hood College. The program is designed for:

Mathematics Education, M.S.

Program Director: Betty Mayfield, Ph.D.;  301-696-3736

The Master of Science in Mathematics Education is a 30-credit degree program consisting of 10 required and elective courses in mathematics, computer science and education. It is designed for current mathematics teachers seeking to enhance their professional qualifications through graduate study. Individuals who graduate from the program will acquire knowledge and skill in both mathematics and its teaching. Courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening, and in the summer, to accommodate working teachers.

Reading Specialization, M.S.

Program Director: Ellen Koitz, Ed.D.;  301-696-3466

The Master of Science in Reading Specialization degree program provides the understanding and competencies necessary for the reading specialist certificate. Open to certificated teachers who will have three or more years of teaching experience by the time the master’s degree is conferred, it is directed to the reading needs of all school children (K-12). A supervised experience in a reading clinic is the capstone to a course sequence that provides both breadth and depth in reading specialization. Graduation from this program leads to Maryland certification as a reading specialist.


The Hood College Education Department offers three graduate degree programs and one certificate program. For specific information regarding advanced certification program completers, refer to for Hood College's Institutional Report or to the Title II Institutional Report attachment in this

Certificate in Secondary Mathematics Education

Program Director: Betty Mayfield, Ph.D.;  301-696-3736

This 15-credit certificate program is designed for current middle and high school mathematics teachers. It combines courses in mathematics and education, and focuses on the mathematics covered in Maryland’s Core Learning Goals.