Towson University’s secondary education programs offers a strong academic foundation combined with transformative field experiences.
Towson University has been a leader in teacher preparation for 150 years and its programs are recognized for their high quality and innovation. We are the first state university in Maryland to offer a middle school major, and we produce the largest number of such majors in the state.
The program is known for its engaged faculty, strong internship experiences and integrated, well-rounded program of study. Our most recent cohort had a 100% placement rate.
With the increasing secondary and middle school-age population and the impending retirement of many veteran teachers, the need for secondary and middle school teachers is greater than ever. Find out more about the advantages of studying secondary education at Towson University.
As a middle school education major, you will choose two areas of academic content. Middle school certification programs are offered in these subject area combinations: English and math, English and science, English and social studies, math and science, math and social studies, and science and social studies.
- preparation as a facilitator of active learning in developmentally appropriate environments
- supportive, engaged faculty with a broad range of expertise in topics critical to the field
- field experience incorporating innovative, highly effective strategies for planning, instruction, assessment and technology integration
- an academic advising program with supportive faculty that includes one-on-one strategic and progressive planning across all years at the university
- supportive student cohort communities
The Center for Professional Practice connects students to student teaching internships.
Admission to the Major
Students are admitted to the major after first being admitted to the university. Before being admitted to the middle school education major, students must first declare a “Pre-Middle School Education” major and complete the lower-level prerequisites and other requirements.
The requirements for admission to the major are as follows:
- completion of at least 45 college units
- cumulative GPA of 2.75 for all for all postsecondary institutions attended. Official transcripts are required for all schools except Towson University (for which unofficial printouts are accepted)
- Praxis 1 or SAT/GRE/ACT scores are not required for admission to the Middle School Education program but are required prior to taking CORE Secondary Education courses (usually the final 3 semesters before graduation.)
- submission of a separate Application for Admission for the Major (PDF)
View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
why towson University?
- Towson University’s long history and reputation as an excellent teacher training institution Programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland State Department of Education and nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International
- 12:1 student-faculty ratio
- 100% of students begin part-time student teaching in their junior year
- teacher preparation in a wide variety of settings, including urban, suburban and rural schools
- technology training to extend and enhance learning experiences in the classroom
Interested in teaching math or science? Towson UTeach enables you to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree and all course work for middle and high school teacher certification in Maryland in just four years. You’ll also begin teaching in local schools your very first semester.