Secondary Education Certification

Grades 7 through 12

The Department of Education offers a certification for secondary education in Maryland. This program has been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. A student who fulfills the standards of the programs and meets the Maryland State Department of Education's Essential Dimensions of Teaching is recommended for secondary certification (Grades 7-12) in Maryland. Students who would like certification outside Maryland should contact the department of education of the state of their choice regarding reciprocity and that state's requirements. Maryland law prohibits anyone who has been convicted of a crime of violence or a crime against children from being certified to teach. Students enrolled in education courses may be required to be fingerprinted for fieldwork internship placements. Students desiring Maryland Teaching certification in secondary schools should consult with the chair of the Education Department during their freshman or sophomore year to ensure the timely completion of requirements. See list below for programs available that lead to certification at the secondary school level. Requirements include: Major in the academic program appropriate to area of certification. Courses identified for specific area of certification. (See list below.)

Courses in education

Note:

**Prerequisites for ED 353 include a recommendation from program and successful completion of Praxis I.

A minimum grade of B- in ED 353 and satisfactory completion of Praxis II are required to complete the certification program.

One academic course in each of the following:

  • U.S. history,
  • Mathematics (or placement in MA 170),
  • Non-Western culture.

Examples of Non-Western Culture are:

Writing proficiency requirement completed through the major.

Art
Requirements include a major in art with concentration in Studio Art and required courses in education.

Biological Sciences
Requirements include a major in Biological Sciences and required courses in education.

Chemistry Certification
Requirements include a major in Chemistry and required courses in education.

Dance Certification
Requirements include a major in Dance with a performance concentration and required courses in education.

English Certification
Requirements include a major in English, with a concentration in literature, and required courses in education.

French Certification
Requirements include a major in French and required courses in education.

History Certification
Requirements include a major in History and required courses in education.

Mathematics Certification
Requirements include a major in Mathematics and required courses in education.

Russian Certification
Requirements include a major in Russian and required courses in education.

Spanish Certification
Requirements include a major in Spanish and required courses in education.

Social Studies Certification
Requirements include a major in history and required courses in education.

Secondary Education Certification Checklist

Review the Secondary Education Certification Checklist (PDF) with your academic advisor to ensure that you are taking the necessary courses and credits to graduate. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or visit the Academic Advising website for more information.

Click here to download the peace studies minor advising worksheet (PDF).