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TU’s new middle school education major wins national excellence award

Towson University’s secondary and middle school education department (SMED) is once again turning heads nationwide, winning the Outstanding Middle Level Teacher Education Program award from the National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education (NAPOMLE). The award was presented earlier today (Friday, Oct. 16) at AMLE’s annual meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

Towson University’s College of Education received the award for outstanding teaching and quality supervision of field experiences for candidates. The program was also lauded for its proven success of employment and recruitment of its graduates.

“We are proud to say our graduates are highly qualified middle school specialists who are prepared to work with unique developmental needs of the young adolescent,” said Molly Mee, associate professor and key organizer of SMED. “We are proud to contribute to the advancement of middle level education in the state by preparing highly qualified middle school teachers.”

The program was also commended for its speed in designing and implementing the major. The award committee was impressed with its growth and success only two years since its inception.

The major prepares its participants to meet the unique needs of students in grades four through nine. It is a dual-content program, so students choose to concentrate on any combination of English, social studies, mathematics and science, in addition to their education classes. TU, Maryland’s largest producer of teachers, is the first public school in the state to offer the program.

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