Human Development Major with Elementary Certification

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Bridget Bunten

Associate Professor of Education, Department Chair
Contact Professor Bunten if you have questions about the HDV major with certification.


The following list is for Human Development Majors with professional courses required for Maryland Approved Program Elementary Certification (Grades 1-6).

Students should be aware that the Maryland State Department of Education requires a grade of “C” or better in all courses applied toward certification.

Required Courses for Human Development major with Elementary Certification

  • EDU 211-214. Clinical Experiences/practica
  • EDU 251. Principles of Education
  • EDU 252. Educational Psychology
  • EDU 305. Qualitative Inquiry in Education
  • EDU 330. Diversity and Inclusion
  • EDU 351. Processes and Acquisition of Reading
  • EDU 352. Reading Instruction and Assessment
  • EDU 354./ENG 342. Children’s & Young Adult Literature
  • EDU 411. Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics and Natural Science
  • EDU 412. Curriculum and Instruction: Language Arts and Social Studies
  • EDU 413. Elementary Teaching Internship (part-time)
  • EDU 414. Elementary Teaching Internship (full-time)
  • EDU SCE. Senior Capstone Experience
  • PSY 202. Lifespan Developmental Psychology

An additional two courses will be selected, in consultation with the advisor, from the following:


  • ANT 215. Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • ANT 280. Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • ANT 300. Language & Culture
  • ANT 305. Ethnographic Methods
  • ANT 320. Race and Ethnicity


  • PSY 221. Social Psychology
  • PSY 231. Personality
  • PSY 234. Psychopathology II
  • PSY 302. Advanced Developmental Psychology with Lab
  • PSY 304. Theories & Processes of Counseling
  • PSY 309. Statistics and Research Design II with Lab
  • PSY 313. Learning & ABA with Lab
  • PSY 316. Cognitive Psychology with Lab
  • PSY 403. Behavior Modification with Lab
  • PSY 433. Child Assessment with Lab


  • SOC 212. Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 213. Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 221. Social Inequalities
  • SOC 250. City and Suburb
  • SOC 262. Self and Society
  • SOC 306. Research Methods in Sociology
  • SOC 313. Sociology of Childhood
  • SOC 341. Variant Behavior
  • SOC 351. Sociology of Religion

When completing the General Education requirements of the College, certification students will choose from the following list of courses in the distribution sequences:

Four Year Writing Requirement

W1 - First Year Seminar (any FYS course)

W2 - Process of Writing (EDU 251)

W3 - Writing in the Discipline (EDU 305)

W4 - Senior Capstone Experience (EDU SCE)

Natural Sciences - Two Courses

Students will take two courses in the natural sciences. The courses must have a laboratory component, and can be courses for non-majors or majors.

Students may complete any combination of the following courses:

  • BIO 100. Current Topics in Biology
  • BIO 104. Ecology of the Chesapeake Bay
  • CHE 110/ENV 110. Chemistry of the Environment
  • CHE 120. Chemical Properties of Organic Molecules
  • CHE 140. Reactions of Organic Molecules
  • ENV 140. Exploring the Solid Earth
  • ENV 141. Atmosphere, Ocean, and Environment
  • PHY 100. Concepts in Contemporary Physics
  • PHY 105. Astronomy

Preferred two-course sequences are:

  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology I, II
  • PHY 101, 102. College Physics I, II
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics I, II

Students pursuing a minor in a natural science or psychology should take one of the preferred two-course sequences.

Quantitative - Two Courses

Students will take two math courses and may choose from MAT 109 Statistics, MAT 135 Finite Mathematics, PSY 209 Statistics and Research Design I with Lab (for Psychology minors/double majors only), BUS 109 Managerial Statistics (for Business Management minors only), or any other mathematics course.

Humanities - Two Courses 

Students will fulfill the Humanities requirement by taking any two of the following courses:

  • ENG 207. Introduction to British Literature & Culture I*
  • ENG 208. Introduction to British Literature & Culture II*
  • ENG 209. Introduction to American Literature & Culture I
  • ENG 210. Introduction to American Literature & Culture II
  • ENG 213. Introduction to African American Literature & Culture I
  • ENG 214. Introduction to African American Literature & Culture II

*This requirement cannot be fulfilled with ENG 207 AND 208. If you take 207 or 208, your second ENG literature course must be one of the other ENG courses listed above.

Fine Arts - One Course

  • One course in art, drama, or music that will fulfill distribution in the Fine Arts.

Social Sciences - Three Courses

  • EDU 251. Principles of Education
  • EDU 252. Educational Psychology
  • HIS 201 or 202. History of the U.S.