Pre-K-4 Education Certification
Learn to create an effective learning environment for children in grades pre–K–4.
- Make sound judgments concerning the needs, abilities, and behavior of young children
- Plan curriculum, materials, and teaching strategies conducive to a pre–K–4 effective learning environment
Total credits for major: 69
Middle-Level (4-8) Education Certification with Concentration in English/Reading and Language Arts
Acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes appropriate for teaching children math, science, social studies, and a concentration in English/reading and language in fourth through eighth grade.
- Understand human development and the teacher-student learning process
- Utilize technology in the planning of effective instruction
- Evaluate and prepare curriculum materials
Total credits for major: 101
Secondary Education Specialization
In cooperation with other academic departments, students can prepare to teach a content area on the secondary level (grades 7–12). Majors include Biology,* Chemistry,* English, Communication, Mathematics, and Social Studies (with a concentration in History). Students who major in Spanish may get K–12 certification in cooperation with Eastern University and must take three credits of linguistics in addition to the 39 credits listed here.
*These programs are not accepting incoming students as new majors.
- Observe, tutor, and teach in secondary school settings
- Create, deliver, and analyze effective oral communication, including use of voice and communication design, for the purpose of informing in classroom-like settings
- Develop and implement effective classroom language-use strategies and activities for improving content understanding and increasing higher-order thinking
Total credits for major: 39
Pre-K-8 Special Education Specialization
Meeting the requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Certificate, Teacher of the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped, the Special Education Pre-K–8 curriculum prepares teachers to understand their professional roles, including the history and legal implications, and the nature of students with special needs.
- Create an educational environment where all students have equal opportunity to develop academically as well as socially
- Consider affective needs
- Implement behavior management principles
- Manage the learning environment