Elementary Education


Criterion for Admission

Admission to the University does not constitute admission to the teacher education programs. Candidates who plan to become teachers must formally apply for admission to the teacher education program to be pursued. The course, "Foundations of Education and Teaching" (EDUC.200), is designed to be a part of the admissions procedure.  All graduates who are interested in becoming teachers should enroll in this course during their freshman year. The purpose of this course is to provide the candidate with basic understandings of the precepts and principles that undergird the discipline of education, and with experiences pertaining to the roles and responsibilities of teachers.  As a consequence of the aforementioned activities and understandings, the candidate can be more certain that his/her choice of teaching as a career is grounded in appropriate experiences.  Formal application to an undergraduate teacher education program may follow the completion of the aforementioned course, provided the applicant has satisfied all delineated criteria for admission to the program.

Transfer candidates who present course work equivalent to Foundations of Education and Teaching@ (EDUC.200) and who meet all admissions criteria may apply directly, using forms that can be obtained from the TEPD office. Candidates who fail to satisfy requirements for admission to teacher education at the end of the sophomore year are advised that it may not be possible to meet all requirements for graduation in the customary four-year period.

Criteria for admission to the Teacher Education programs are as follows.  The applicant:
1.    Has passed English 101 and 102 with a minimum grade of "C".
2.    Is not pursuing developmental courses at the time of application. (A minimum grade of "C" is required for passing a developmental course.)
3.    Has complied with the requirements of completing an application form and securing two (2) faculty evaluations (one of which must be prepared by a TEPD instructor),      

4.  Must have completed EDUC 200, ELED 210, and EDUC 301 with a minimum grade of "C"

5.   Has completed a minimum of 60 semester credits.
6.   Has satisfied the Maryland State Department of Education's score requirements for the "Praxis I Core".  The qualifying scores are:

  • 5712 Reading: minimal score of 156              
  • 5722 Writing: minimal score of 162               
  • 5732 Mathematics: minimal score of 150       


  • A composite score of 468

NB: The Praxis II examinations are content specific; therefore, the candidate must consult the Maryland State Department of Education's website for information on passing scores.
**Note: A criminal background check will be required prior to (or upon) the candidate's enrollment in the internship practicum.  

Program of Study

Majors are required to complete 120 credit hours of course work.  This includes 53 hours of major education courses, 40 hours of general education courses, 25 hours of supporting courses and 2 hours of university credits.  Scholars are also required to acquire and to maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75.

Performance Outcomes:
Morgan State teacher education program goals serve as the major premise upon which teacher behavioral outcomes are established.  These outcomes are interpreted as performances required of a teacher who has completed a Morgan State University teacher education program.  Hence, a teacher will:
 1.   Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of his/her subject matter.
 2.   Demonstrate skill in the implementation of basic principles of teaching and learning, and the integration of theory with practice.   Specifically he/she will demonstrate knowledge of the dimensions of learning and will employ appropriate teaching strategies for ensuring their acquisition by the learner.
 3.  Demonstrate a commitment to continuous professional growth by:  (1) regularly examining his/her own academic knowledge and competence, (2) assuming responsibility for his/her own learning         and development through engaging in the study of current research, (3) participating in the activities of professional organizations, and (4) manifesting an attitude of acceptance of change and a   willingness to experiment with new alternatives in teaching and learning.
 4.   Plan effective teaching-learning activities, stating objectives in terms of expected learner behavioral outcomes and assessing instruction in terms of the stated objectives.
 5.  Demonstrate a functional knowledge of the changing roles of education in our society, the goals of public education, and the organization of the school curricula as reflected in these goals.
 6.  Demonstrate respect for the independent worth and dignity of the learner by assessing the performance of each student according to his intellectual potential and individual needs.
 7.  Demonstrate intellectual, social, and emotional maturity and a professional attitude in relating to and communicating with learners, fellow teachers, school administrators, parents, and members of the urban community at large.
8.    Plan an instructional program and provide school activities emphasizing individual and collective involvement through small group interaction within the school and among the staff.
 9.   Guide pupil behaviors through classroom instruction, non-class activities, guidance, counseling and advising activities, and informal personal relationships.
 10.   Judge the merits of the fundamental aims, purposes, and goals of the school program and determine how the school program is fulfilling these ends as well as how his/her teaching is contributing to the attainment of these goals.  


Graduation Eligibility

As a condition for graduation, Morgan State University students are required to take a senior level examination.  The Praxis II Specialty Area tests constitute the senior level examination for education candidates.  Specifically, teacher education candidates must sit for the appropriate Praxis II Specialty Area tests and report their scores to the chairperson one month prior to the month in which they are expected to be graduated.  For Elementary Education majors, currently, the appropriate Specialty Area tests are: Elementary Education:  Instructional Practice and Application (test id 5019), and Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6  (test id 5622).  

For a candidate seeking certification at the secondary level, the appropriate Specialty Area tests are in the discipline for which he/she is seeking certification.  Elementary Education/Physical Education and M.A.T. candidates must earn a score that is equal to (or above) the minimum passing score required by the state of Maryland in order to be eligible for graduation.  Please consult the Praxis Bulletin, and/or personnel in the certification office of the Maryland State Department of Education for additional information.

Results from the PRAXIS examinations are an important source of data and information that are used to update and improve teacher education programs at the University.  Additionally, PRAXIS results are used by the Maryland State Department of Education for certification purposes and by the Local Education Agencies (LEA's) for employment purposes.