The Department of Secondary Education (SCED) offers 13 certification programs in the secondary subject areas: biology, chemistry, earth-space science, English, French, geography, German, history, mathematics, physics, school health, social science, Spanish. All Teacher Education Programs are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Upon graduation in one of these programs, students are eligible for certification to teach in Maryland.
Each of our programs require students to major in that subject area. Secondary Education is a certification area, not a major or minor. (Minors are unnecessary when working toward teacher certification.
If you are interested in programs for teaching kindergarten through grade 12 in art, dance, library/media, music and physical education, contact those academic departments.
If you are interested in specializing in middle school education, which is a dual content major (any combination of English, Social Studies, Mathematics, and Science), go to our Middle School page.
Departmental faculty members are uniformly committed to students. As an integral part of the developmental teaching/learning experience, and reflecting commitment to the university's intentional academic advising program, students work with advisers in a strategic and progressive planning process across all years at the university. Accordingly, to support their personal and professional success, all COE students are required to confer prior to registration each semester with their assigned advisers.
Students should apply for formal admission into the Secondary Program when they have met the following criteria:
Completion of at least 45 completed college units
a 2.75 cumulative GPA for all postsecondary institutions attended - official transcripts
required for all schools except Towson University (for which unofficial printouts are accepted).
Praxis 1 or SAT/GRE/ACT scores are not required for admission to the Secondary Education program but are required prior to taking CORE Secondary Education courses (usually the final 3 semesters before graduation.)