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Human Development Major with Certification

Human Development: With Elementary Certification

I. Elementary Education

The Elementary Certification Program is made up of three required components: 1) completion of selected core courses in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics-Natural Sciences; 2) an academic major, usually in Human Development; 3) a required sequence of Education courses and field experiences. Consultation with the Coordinator of Elementary Education should be held during the first semester of the freshman year to insure proper scheduling and selection of courses.

The required education courses for students who wish to become certified as elementary teachers are listed under the Human Development major.

The Human Development Major

Students selecting the Human Development major will study the individual in community and the world of schooling. The major provides a comprehensive preparation for prospective elementary school teachers, and an interdisciplinary program for students who wish to examine human development in the context of theory and practice in education but who do not wish to seek teacher certification.

The Human Development major is designed to help students answer the question, "How do children develop into fully mature, autonomous and self-aware human beings who are capable of both intimate and public communal relationships?" These studies will facilitate an understanding of the development of children in our multifaceted society within the comprehensive liberal arts foundation of the Washington College experience. The Human Development major provides the opportunity for enlarging our understanding of the development of school-aged youth. This is a particularly appropriate foundation for individuals wishing to become elementary school teachers.

The academic program includes sequenced study in educational foundations (the history, philosophy, and psychology of education), a developmental progression of study in pedagogical theory and practice, a demonstrated knowledge of content in selected liberal arts disciplines, and multi-disciplinary courses from the departments of anthropology, sociology, and psychology.

Field experiences and research are an essential component for the major. The major study for the teacher candidate requires a 100-day internship in a Professional Development School; for the non-teacher candidate, the major study includes field experiences in schools or other educational and social agencies.

Washington College places singular emphasis on the completion of a significant independent project as the culminating activity in a major program. The teacher candidate will develop and present a professional portfolio which includes an action research project; the Maryland Essential Dimensions of Teaching standards will provide guidance and evaluative criteria. The non-teacher major will develop and present an approved interdisciplinary thesis which includes field research.

Course Sequence For Human Development Majors

HD Major - Option 1: Course Sequence For Human Development Majors with Professional courses required for Maryland Approved Program Elementary Certification.

  • EDU 211-214. Clinical Experiences/practica
  • EDU 301. Principles of Education
  • EDU 302. Educational Psychology
  • EDU 351. Processes and Acquisition of Reading
  • EDU 352. Reading Instruction and Assessment
  • EDU 354. Literature for Children: K-8
  • EDU 394. Qualitative Inquiry & Action Research
  • EDU 411. Curriculum and Instruction: Mathematics and Natural Science
  • EDU 412. Curriculum and Instruction: Language Arts and Social Studies
  • EDU 413. Teaching Internship
  • EDU 414. Teaching Internship
  • EDU 430. Diversity and Inclusion
  • EDU SCE. Senior Capstone Experience

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


  • ANT 200. Introduction to Language (FLS 200.)
  • ANT 215. Sex, Gender, and Culture
  • ANT 305. Doing Anthropology
  • ANT 320. Race and Ethnicity


  • PSY 202. Life-Span Development
  • PSY 209. Research Design & Advanced Statistics with Lab
  • PSY 231. Personality
  • PSY 234. Psychopathology II
  • PSY 316. Cognitive Psychology with Lab
  • PSY 433. Child Assessment with Lab


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

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

Natural Science - 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. Genes, Nature, and Society
  • BIO 104. Society, Ecology, and the Chesapeake Bay
  • CHE 110/ENV 110. Chemistry of the Environment
  • PHY 100. Introduction to Gravity and Space-Time
  • PHY 110. Astronomy
  • PHY 140/ENV 140. Exploring the Solid Earth
  • PHY 141. Atmosphere, Ocean, Environment

Preferred two-course sequences are:

  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology
  • CHE 111, 112. General Chemistry
  • PHY 111, 112. General Physics

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, one of which must be MAT 221 Communication, Patterns and Invention in Mathematics. Students may choose from MAT 109 Statistics or PSY 209 Statistics and Experimental Design, or any other mathematics course.

Humanities (Two-Course Sequence)

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

  • AMS 201/ENG 211, AMS 202/ENG 212. Introduction to American Culture I and II
  • ENG 101, 102. Forms of Literature and Composition I and II
  • ENG 207, 208. History of English Literature I and II
  • ENG 209, 210. Introduction to American Literature
  • ENG 213, 214. Introduction to African American Literature
  • Fine Arts - One course in art, drama, or music that will fulfill distribution in the Fine Arts.

Social Science - Three Courses

Students will take:

  • EDU 301. Principles of Education
  • EDU 302. Educational Psychology
  • HIS 201 or 202. History of the U.S.

Senior Capstone Experience

Human Development majors selecting the non-certification route will complete and present a research study.