Stevenson U. to Launch State's First Middle School Teacher Preparation Program
March 12, 2008
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Stevenson University will establish the state’s first teacher preparation program designed specifically for middle school education. The Maryland State Department of Education recently approved the University's application to add the program.
“We take educating the teachers of tomorrow very seriously,” says Stevenson U. President Kevin J. Manning, Ph.D. “This new program will allow us to provide teachers who can make a difference in the lives of middle school students.”
The new program will train highly qualified teachers for grades four
through nine. Stevenson U. will offer one track in English/Language
Arts and Social Studies and a second track in Math and Science.
“We know that adolescent learners are unique, and we know that
elementary and secondary teachers—however skilled—are often
ill-equipped to fully meet their needs,” says Maryland State
Superintendent of Schools Nancy S. Grasmick, Ph.D.
“With a high-quality Middle School Teacher Preparation Program in
place, we have the opportunity to capitalize on the momentum of
elementary school achievement, and really prime students for the rigors
of high school.”
The University currently has more than 200 students enrolled in teacher
preparation programs for Early Childhood Education and Elementary
Education. Current freshmen and incoming freshmen will have the
opportunity to enroll in the middle school program beginning this fall.
Stevenson U. students who enroll in the new option will spend their
entire senior year working in classrooms at nearby Pikesville Middle
“Our faculty and students look forward to this new opportunity,” says Deborah S. Kraft,
Ph.D., Director of the Education and Social Sciences Division at
Stevenson U. “We know the importance of meeting the particular needs of
middle school students.”