Elementary Education

Elementary Education

Criterior 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 "corrective courses" at the time of application. (A minimum grade of "C" is required for passing a "corrective course".)
3.    Has complied with the requirements of completing an application form and securing three (3) faculty evaluations; (one of which must be prepared by the instructor of the course, Foundations of Education and Teaching; one of which must be prepared by an instructor who has taught the applicant; the final form may be completed by an instructor of the student's choice).
 4.   Has completed a minimum of 60 semester credits.
 5.   Has completed (minimum grade of "C") the course(s), Foundations of Education and Teaching, and Seminar/PRAXIS I (Academic Skills Assessment).  The latter course is a requirement for elementary education majors, only.
 6.   Has completed satisfactorily the University's Speech and Writing Proficiency requirements.
 7.    Has satisfied the Maryland State Department of Education's score requirements for the "Praxis I Core".  The qualifying scores are:

  • PPST Reading (156)              
  • PPST Writing (162)               
  • PPST Mathematics (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.
 8.      Has earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2..75 (for students enrolling at MSU after Summer 2014).
***Note: A criminal background check will be required prior to (or upon) the candidate's enrollment in the internship practicum.  

Application Procedures for Admission to Teacher Education Programs

Admission to Teacher Education Programs at Morgan State University requires both candidate and faculty participation.  The candidates assisted by his/her EDUC.200 instructor is expected to begin the Teacher Education Program application process in EDUC.200.  The application process should begin during the semester in which the student enrolls in EDUC.200, and, it must be completed before each student enrolls in the "methods" course(s).  Consequently, it is required that each candidate register for the PRAXIS I tests by the end of the sophomore year.  The application process for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be completed by the candidate prior to his/her registering for the teaching internship; specifically, methods and student teaching. Note: Each practicum candidate must take the Praxis II assessment before or during the student teaching practicum.  Successful completion of the Praxis II assessment is a graduation requirement.
Candidates applying for admission are required to:
  1.  Submit an application for admission to Department of Teacher Education
 2.  Ensure that all sections of the application are completed by:
             A.  Dispositions Survey
             B.  Completed Degree Audit form (see your advisor) 
             C.  Application

             D.  Evidence of passing Praxis I CORE (please additionally have your scores directly sent to TEPD)

             E.  List of prior relevant experiences

             F.  List of Prior Relevant Expriences

              G.  2 letters of recommendation (1 must be from a TEPD instructor)

              H.  Goal Statement
3.   Return the completed application to the office of the Chairperson - Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development.
4.   Completed applications should not be returned to the Department of Teacher Education and Professional Development office until the applicant:
             A.  Has completed all "Corrective Courses" with a minimum grade of "C".
             B.  Has passed English 101 and 102 with a minimum grade of "C" respectively.
              C.  Has completed EDUC.200 and EDUC.222 (recommended for Secondary Education Majors) with a minimum grade of "C".
             D.  Has completed a minimum of 60 semester hours.           
             E.  Has earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50.
             F.  Has successfully completed the University's Speech and Writing Proficiency requirements.
             G.  Has obtained the Maryland State Department of Education's required scores on the Praxis I examinations. Students are required to pass the PRAXIS I tests before they are eligible to enroll in the "methods" courses (Phase I Internship).
              H.  Has complied with the University's requirements concerning satisfactory physical health.
***Note: A criminal background check will be required.
Candidates often fail to understand clearly the procedure for entrance into Morgan's teacher education programs; specifically,  the application procedures for (1) graduation from Morgan State with a degree in teacher education, and (2) teacher licensure.  Therefore, we encourage students to visit the Maryland State Department of Education website [www.msde.state.md.us] 

Program of Study

 Majors are required to complete 129 credit hours of course work.  This includes 56 hours of major eduction courses, 46 hours of general education courses, 25 hours of suppporting 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 Eligility

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 (5015), and Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 (0622).  The Principles of Learning and Teaching test is currently available only as a paper and pencil test.  However, effective July 2012, it will be available in a computerized format (5622).  Minimum passing scores on 5015 and 0622 (5662) are 161, and 160, respectively.
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, Secondary 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.  

Post Graduation Requirements

As a graduate from a NCATE approved program, Morgan=s teacher education candidates qualify for the Professional Eligibility certificate.  Prior to submitting a formal application for certification, applicants must submit a packet of information to the Certification Branch.  (Refer to Appendix E for details on the necessary materials.)  The packet will allow the Certification Branch to evaluate the eligibility of applicants.
Applicants are encouraged to apply online.  Please visit the website below for instructions on how to complete the application process.