Elementary Education/Special 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.

This program is designed to prepare teachers for dual certification in the field of special education at the elementary/middle grade level. 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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Testing Requirements

The Towson University Elementary Education and Special Education Integrated Program at the Universities at Shady Grove is a screened program and major at Towson. Students who complete the program are eligible to become certified in both elementary education (grades 1-6) and special education (grades 1 - 8). This program, specifically designed to integrate both majors, prepares students as elementary classroom teachers and as special education teachers.

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.- Elementary Education Elementary Special Education program at a Maryland community college, including 
    Montgomery College* (View Pathway) | Frederick Community College 
    Howard Community College | Prince George's Community College
    Anne Arundel Community College
    *Students attending Montgomery College should consider applying for the 
    C R E A T E Teacher Cohort Program.
    Students must complete the A.A.T. prior to starting classes at USG.
  2. Take Praxis Core OR submit alternative qualifying scores the summer before you will graduate with your A.A.T.
    All score reports MUST be sent from the test provider to Towson University, utilizing the following codes:
    Praxis I/Praxis Core: R5404 | SAT: 5404 | ACT: 1718
    Qualifying test score deadlines:  USG Fall Open House (Priority)|  February 1 (Final)** 
    **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 or by the priority deadline
  3. 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 Jennifer Schnur or Marcie Povitsky for application directions, including the password. 
  4. 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. 

  5. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.


  6. Submit a writing sample. Write a one-page, double-spaced, narrative addressing the question:
    Why do you want to be an Elementary Education/Special Education teacher?
    Please submit your writing sample to
  7. 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).  Students will complete a Criminal Background Disclosure Form at one of these orientations.

Application deadlines*: December 1 (priority) |   USG Spring Open House (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. 

 *The Elementary Education Special 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Towson University program. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Schnur at 301-738-6066 or, or Marcie Povitsky at 301-738-6062 or

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