FROSTBURG, Md. (AP) — Frostburg State University says it’s been approved to offer a 2-in-1 teaching certificate that is unique among Maryland colleges and universities.

President Jonathan Gibralter said Thursday that the dual certification covers both elementary and middle schools.

He says middle-school administrators historically have had to choose between teachers trained as either elementary generalists or secondary specialists.

The Frostburg State program balances an elementary teacher’s knowledge of educational development with a secondary teacher’s knowledge of particular subject. It also includes classes and field experience geared to middle-school students.

The program required approval from the University System of Maryland, the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Maryland State Department of Education.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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