College of Education
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The four-year programs in Elementary Education are designed to offer students a curriculum of general education and professional and elementary education theory, application, and practice in teaching children in grades K through six. The curriculum is designed to develop a community of learners who are competent and reflective professionals able to teach any child in any setting.
The courses and extensive field based component develops beginning educator's knowledge, skills, and dispositions relevant to content, the learner and the learning environment, teaching and learning process, and professionalism.
Graduates of the ELED major will be certified to teach in kindergarten to grade six or in a middle school, the ELED/ECED dual major will be certified N-3rd and K-grade 6, the ELED/SPED integrated major will be certified K through 6 in ELED and K through 12 in special education within the schools of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Changes made at the State certification level may impact the following requirements.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has made some recent changes in teacher certification requirements. Anyone applying for teacher certification after December 31, 2012 will be subject to different program and certification requirements. These requirements will be published pending approval by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.
ALL teacher education students should be in frequent consultation with their academic advisors to make sure they are meeting the appropriate program and certification requirements which will vary depending on a variety of circumstances.
Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education Major*
Bachelor of Science - Dual Early Childhood and Elementary Education Major*
Bachelor of Science - Integrated Elementary Education and Special Education Major*
- Required General Education courses: English 103 and an English Literature course, Math 105 (a grade of "C" or higher is required) and another three credits of Math.
- Required Professional Education courses: PSED 161, PSED 242, SPED 105, MCOM 262
- Required major courses: Elementary Education courses - ELED 132, 264 (PRAXIS I required)
- Apprentice I courses: ELED 342, 343, 346, 351
- Apprentice II semester in a PDS cohort: ELED 311, 344, 345, SPED 351, REED 313 or REED 315 and REED 311
- Special Education courses: SPED 201, 210, 214, 215, 314
- Student teaching semester: ELED 430, SPED 421, 420
- Additional Requirements:
- 3.0 GPA for admittance to the Department;
- 3.0 GPA overall for eligibility for Student Teaching;
- 3.0 GPA in major for Student Teaching
*Program will no longer be available for new students as certification ends 12/31/2012.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has established specific requirements for all candidates in teacher preparation programs. For admission into the initial teacher certification program, students are required to have a 3.0 QPA, pass the Praxis I academic skills assessments prior to taking ELED 264 or ECED 262, and complete 6 credits of math (Math 105 grade of "C" or higher and another 3 credits of Math) and 6 credits of English (English Composition and Literature course) along with various clearances.
Please refer to the College of Educations section in this catalog for specific requirements for admission into teacher education. Majors in Elementary Education or Integrated ELED/SPED majors should meet regularly with their academic adviser so they are oriented to their major program and the requirements and procedures for admission into each program.
Students must be admitted into the department prior to taking any 300 or 400 level major courses. A description of the Admittance process is available in the department office. Specific transfer credits are evaluated by the department chair for equivalent university courses.
Experiences in the Field
There are multiple opportunities throughout each program to gain experience in early childhood, elementary education, and middle school classrooms including urban and inclusive settings. These various field experiences are connected to courses and are an integral, required part of the respective programs. Two unique opportunities are listed below.
Professional Development Schools (PDS)
The Professional Development School Apprenticeship is taken the semester prior to the Resident student teaching semester. The Apprentice II cohort semester in a Professional Development School integrates five courses (ELED 311, 344, 345, REED 313, SPED 315) along with weekly fieldwork in an elementary classroom and involvement in a professional learning community. For more information see your academic adviser or contact the Office of Field Experiences and Partnerships at 570-422-3471.
Student Professional Program
The program offers a full year of field experience in early childhood and elementary schools. (Refer to ELED 497 and ELED 498 Student Professional Programs at the end of the course descriptions.)
Resident Student Teaching
A full semester of student teaching is required for certification in ELED. Passing scores for the Praxis II Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge test must be submitted to your adviser by July 31 for Fall Student Teaching candidates; November 30 for Spring Student Teaching candidates In order to be approved for student teaching. Students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA overall and in their major prior to student teaching and for certification in the State of Pennsylvania.
Elementary Education Course Descriptions