University of Pittsburgh BradfordAcademics
Early Level Education Pre K-4 - BS

Program Contact:

Dr. Donna Dombek, Director of Education Program, Associate Professor of Education, and Coordinator of Early Level Education

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Were you the kid who always wanted to play school? You’d pretend to be the teacher while your friends were your students? You’re not alone. You’re one of the reasons we offer an elementary education major.

In our elementary education program, you’ll observe classrooms. You’ll study learning styles. You’ll learn how to manage a classroom. You'll host elementary schoolchildren at events on campus. You’ll explore the needs of exceptional children. And, before you graduate, you’ll student teach. Yes, you’ll be the teacher.

Then, with your degree in elementary education and your teaching certificate, you’ll be ready to be an elementary school teacher. Only this time, it will be for real.

See what you can do with a major in Early Level Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

Course Requirements in the Major

Total Credits for Major: 122

Additional Information:

You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 60 credits.

Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate PAPA Modules, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course.  Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements.