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School of Education Resources

The School of Education is committed to the preparation of teachers for today and for tomorrow. A broad and integrated liberal arts core is a foundation for teachers at all levels. Through this curriculum, prospective teachers.

Education Student Resources

Academic Advising

Advising is a form of teaching. Faculty advising of students involves formal matters such as approving course schedules prior to registration, helping students devise plans for their majors and other academic programs, and prompting students to monitor their own academic progress toward the degree. Faculty advising also includes conversation about students’ developing academic life and aspirations for the future. As students move toward graduation, faculty advisors, together with the Career Center staff, can offer guidance about employment and about graduate and professional school. Students should cultivate this advising relationship and draw on it throughout their time at Mount St. Mary’s.

Assignment of Faculty Advisors to Students

During freshman year, Symposium instructors advise first-year students. This ensures that students will see their advisors regularly and that the advisor will know the academic progress of his or her symposium students. Beginning in the sophomore year, students who have chosen a major are assigned a faculty advisor from their major department(s)

Internships and Practicums

Requirements for Teacher Internships:
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • Recommendation of the chair.
  • There is a fee of $219 for the Internship I program, generally payable upon registration for the first course in Internship I. There is a fee of $272 for Internship II, generally payable upon registration for the first course in Internship II.
Students must arrange their own transportation to internship placements and assignments.

Internship I

Due Dates:

  • March 31 for Adult undergraduate and Elementary and Elementary/Special Education MAT applications;
  • October 31 for traditional undergraduate and Secondary MAT applications.
*Note: Maryland passing scores for Praxis I must be earned prior to entering Internship I, or equivalent test scores must be on file, such as SAT or ACT (GRE scores are acceptable for MAT candidates). Information about qualifying Maryland equivalent scores can be found at MSDE Praxis I Information. For MAT candidates in social studies, business, English, mathematics or foreign language, Maryland passing scores on the content portion of Praxis II must also be earned prior to Internship I.

Internship II


Due Date:

  • March 31

Internship Contacts

For additional information regarding internships contact: For additional information regarding practicums contact:

Pi Lambda Theta - Education Honors Society

Pi Lambda Theta is an international education honor association that recognizes scholarship and leadership in the field of education. The University’s chapter, Gamma Tau, holds an initiation ceremony once each spring semester. Nomination for initiation is made by Education faculty. To be nominated, a candidate must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, have achieved sophomore status, and a demonstrated record of leadership.Pamphlets containing more information can be found on the wall outside the school office. Nominations are considered each December.Mount St. Mary’s University recognizes graduating students who are members of Pi Lambda Theta at the Spring Honors Ceremony and commencement activities.

Faculty Activities

Scholarly Publications

Carolyn Cook

  • “Storytelling: One Way to Understand Complex Text” with Grant, A., Pennsylvania Reads: Journal of the Keystone State Literacy Association, Fall 2019.
  • “The Motivation to Write Profile-College: A Tool to Assess the Writing Motivation of Teacher Candidates” with Solar, E., Mucci-Guido, A., and Marinak, B., Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, August 2019.

Laura Frazier

  • “Presenting K-12 Educators with the Knowledge Needed to Navigate the “New Norm” of Online Learning Environments,” with Palmer, B., K-12 Online Learning E-Book Collection, IGI Global,  2020

Barbara Marinak

  • “The Motivation to Write Profile-College: A Tool to Assess the Writing Motivation of Teacher Candidates” with Solar, E., Mucci-Guido, A., and Cook, C., Teaching/Writing: The Journal of Writing Teacher Education, August 2019.

Ernest Solar

  • “The Motivation to Write Profile-College: A Tool to Assess the Writing Motivation of Teacher Candidates,” with Mucci-Guido, Cook, C., and Marinak, B., The Journal of Writing Teacher Education August 2019.
  • “Mindfulness for Teacher Candidates: A Pilot Study to Examine Teacher Self-Efficacy, Stress, and Awareness,” The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry, December 2019. 

Scholarly Presentations

Kara Brady

  • “Literacy Motivation: Research to Practice,” (Paper Presentation) with Marinak, B., Applegate, M., Applegate, T., Roberts, L., Parsons, S., Solar, E., Cook, C., Parsons, A., and Ives, S., Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Corpus Christi, Texas, November 2019.

Carolyn Cook

  • “Literacy Motivation: Research to Practice,” (Paper Presentation) with Marinak, B., Applegate, M., Applegate, T., Roberts, L., Parsons, S., Brady, K. Solar, E., Parsons, A., and Ives, S., Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Corpus Christi, Texas, November 2019.

Barbara Marinak (in absentia)

  • “Literacy Motivation: Research to Practice,” (Paper Presentation) with Applegate, M., Applegate, T., Roberts, L., Parsons, S., Brady, K. Solar, E., Cook, C., Parsons, A., and Ives, S., Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Corpus Christi, Texas, November 2019.

Michelle Ohanian

  • Pre-Service Teachers’ Online Writings Related to Diversity, Race, and Identity,” American Educational Researcher Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA, April 2020.
  • “A Narrative Inquiry of Photo Journaling: What Undergraduates Discover about Global Consciousness through Service Learning in Costa Rica,” Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER), Corpus Christi, TX, November 2019.

Ernest Solar

  • Literacy Motivation: Research to Practice,” (Paper Presentation) with Marinak, B., Applegate, M., Applegate, T., Roberts, L., Parsons, S., Brady, K., Cook, C., Parsons, A., and Ives, S., Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, Corpus Christi, Texas, November 2019.
  • “Development of the Graphic Novel Motivation Profile,” Association of Literacy of Educators and Researchers (ALER), Corpus Christi, TX, November 2019. 

Professional Activities

Stacey Brown Hobbs

  • Team Leader (Training), Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), October 2019.
  • Team Leader (Training), Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), Westfield State University, November 2019-April 2020.
  • PPAT Training, with Marinak, B., Cook, C., Frazier, L., Monahan, E., Ohanian, M., Solar, E., Hoover, M. and Palmer, B. Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, February 2020.

Michael Hoover

  • Co-editor, Saplings of Sherwood, June-July 2020.

Michelle Ohanian

  • Reviewer, Action in Teacher Education, 2020.
  • Reviewer, Journal of Multicultural Perspectives, 2019.

Patrick Ryan

  • Reviewer, Teacher and Teacher Education Journal, April 2020. 

Ernest Solar

  • Media Appearance (CPI Podcast), How RA Crisis Management Skills Reduced Reported Behavior Incidents with Special Guest: Dr. Ernest Solar, September 2019. 
  • Reviewer, Journal of the American of Special Education Professionals, 2019.
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Education Research, 2019, 2020.

Community Activities

Stacey Brown Hobbs

  • Board Member, St. John Regional Catholic School, Frederick, MD, May 2018-Present.
  • Board Member, Carroll Lutheran School, Westminster, MD, December 2018-Present.  

Michael Hoover

  • Judge, PA Four-County Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition, Gettysburg, PA, February 2020.
  • PAL Program, Provide-a-Lunch Hanover Area Council of Churches, Hanover, PA 2019.

Michelle Ohanian

  • Translator, Just Neighbors Immigration Clinics, Reston, VA, September 2018 – Present.  
  • Vestry Member, St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, Reston, VA, March 2020 – Present.