Elementary/Special Education (B.A.)

  • Major

About this Program

The elementary/special education program is designed to prepare and certify teachers for dual certification in elementary and special education.

Program Overview

Successful completion of the elementary/special education program leads to Maryland initial teaching certification in elementary (grades 1-6) and special education (grades 1-8). Program completers are prepared to teach children with and without disabilities in regular and inclusion classrooms.

The focus within special education is on teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities who have learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and/or emotional disturbance. The elementary/special education major includes many field experiences and is based conceptually on InTASC, Council for Exceptional Children(CEC), and Association for Children's Education International (ACEI) standards, as well as on the Maryland State Department of Education’s “Redesign of Teacher Education.”

The yearlong internship during the final two semesters takes place in two settings: one in an elementary classroom and the other in a special education program. The elementary/special education major is divided into sequential steps consisting of Prerequisites, Phase I, Phase II, and Phase III. The departmental unit assessment plan features a checkpoint at each step through which students must pass before advancing to the next phase.

The minimum requirement for a major in elementary/special education is the successful completion of Phase II coursework and field experiences. Completion of the certification program is contingent upon completion of Phase III and upon meeting Maryland’s minimum passing score on the Praxis II tests specific to elementary and special education and attaining a rating of "Proficient" or higher on the Exit Folio.

Degrees Offered

  • BA

Department Offering

LEAP Program

Gain professional development through our Leadership for Emergency Academic Preparedness program.

Experiential Learning

Collaborate with teachers and students at the Georgetown Hill at Hood College Lab School.

Local Connection

Internships with Frederick County Public Schools and other partners put you directly in the classroom.

Program Contact

Associate Professor of Education


Our faculty...

serve as consultants for a variety of organizations and conduct research across multiple disciplines, including mathematics, science, literacy and special education.

All Faculty
Kristine Calo

Kristine Calo

  • Professor of Education
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Early Childhood Education
Christy Graybeal

Christy Graybeal

  • Professor of Education and Mathematics
  • Chair, Department of Education
  • Program Director, Mathematics Education and Math Instructional Leadership
Rebecca Grove

Rebecca Grove

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Coordinator, Secondary Education
  • Director of First Year Seminar

Amy Kilpatrick

  • Assistant Professor of Special Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Multidisciplinary Studies in Education

Ellen G. Koitz

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Program Director, Master's in Reading Specialization

Marisel N. Torres-Crespo

  • Associate Professor of Education
  • Coordinator of Online Instruction
  • Program Director, Master's in Curriculum & Instruction