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B.S. in Early Childhood Education

Towson University has a distinguished history in the preparation of classroom teachers and education specialists. The majority of graduates enter America's schools as teachers and specialists ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The mission of the Teacher Education Unit is to inspire, educate, and prepare educators as facilitators of active learning for diverse and inclusive communities of learners in environments that are technologically advanced.

This program is designed to prepare teachers for certification in the field of early childhood education. Students who successfully complete the program will obtain a degree from Towson University. The program will be taught by faculty from Towson University. Programs are NCATE accredited and approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Program Information

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The Towson University Early Childhood Program at the Universities at Shady Grove is a screened program and major at Towson. A graduate of early childhood education is prepared to teach children from birth through grade three. Upon successfully completing the requirements for the early childhood education major and attaining a score at or above the levels established on Praxis II - Content Area Assessment, students may apply to the Maryland State Department of Education for certification.

Note that the number of students admitted is determined by the number of seats available; there may be more students eligible for admission than are actually admitted.
Please also note that this program admits students in the fall ONLY, spring admission is not available.

To be considered for admission, students must:

  1. Be enrolled in the A.A.T.- Early Childhood Education program at Montgomery College or Frederick Community College.
    Students must complete the AAT prior to starting classes at USG.
      
  2. Complete and submit the online application.
    Students are encouraged to apply EARLY, preferably at the USG Fall Open House one year before they intend to transfer.  If students cannot attend the Fall Open House, interested applicants can contact Marisa Dudiak or Marcie Povitsky for application directions, including the password. 
     
  3. Submit official transcripts of all college work
    Students are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges attended. Students are encouraged to submit these transcripts at the time of application.
     
  4. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

  5. Have scores on the SAT, ACT or Praxis Core at or above the level of standards established by the Maryland State Department of Education. Information on qualifying scores can be obtained at http://www.ets.org/praxis/md/requirements
    Score submission deadlines*: USG Fall Open House (priority)| February 1 (final)

    Students are required to submit qualifying scores from ONE of the required tests, preferably prior to applying. 

    1. Praxis score reports must be sent from the test provider to Towson University (ETS I.D. number: RA5404)
    2. SAT scores must be sent from the test provider to Towson University (College Board I.D. number: 5404)
    3. ACT scores must be sent from the test provider to Towson Universtiy (ACT I.D. number: 1718)
       
  6. After admission, but prior to starting classes, students must attend two orientations: one at USG (typically in June) and one at Towson University (typically in July). 
    At one of these orientations, students will complete a Criminal Background Disclosure Form.

Application deadlines**: December 1 (priority) |   TBA (final)
Note: Students may apply prior to having met all admission requirements.
Students may be accepted to Towson University prior to meeting all requirements; however, they will not be admitted to the USG program until all requirements have been satisfied. 

*If the program admits the maximum number of students prior to February 1, the final deadline is no longer applicable. Students are encouraged to submit qualifying test scores prior to applying.

**The Early Childhood Education program admits a limited number of students on a first come, first served basis. We will accept applications until the final deadline posted above or until we have admitted the maximum number of students for that year, whichever comes first.

This program is designed to prepare teachers for certification in the field of early childhood education. Students who successfully complete the program will obtain a degree in Early Childhood Education (birth-grade 3).  The Towson University Early Childhood Education major is a 3-semester program and requires that students apply to the ECED major during their first semester at USG.  Students who are admitted to the USG program have already met the necessary requirements for acceptance into the three-semester professional program. 

Questions? Contact:

Marisa Dudiak
Program Coordinator
Department of Early Childhood Education
Towson University at the Universities at Shady Grove
5153 Building III, 9630 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850 
301-738-6085
mdudiak@towson.edu

If Professor Dudiak is unavailable please contact Marcie Povitsky at 301-738-6062 or shadygrove@towson.edu.
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