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
You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.
Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major. 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.
For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website
Dr. Donna Dombek
Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education
151 Swarts Hall
Dr. Wayne Brinda
Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education
150 Swarts Hall
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