Undergraduate College

Degree Requirements

Effective January 2013, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will implement new certification standards. Students graduating before that time must complete 72 credits and will, upon satisfactory completion of all elements of the Education Program as described herein, be eligible for certification to teach grades K-6.  (Additional information in 2013 Certification Standards tab.)

Major Requirements for a B.S. in Elementary Education

Students are required to complete a minimum of 125 to 126 credits to graduate, 72 of which are education courses.

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

Elementary Education students are able, with the prior approval of the Director of Teacher Education, to apply nine credits, three courses, of their Education requirements towards the General Education curriculum.

Required Courses

The course requirements detailed below have been developed to meet the new certification standards set out by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Development, Cognition, and Learning
EDU-0201Observation and Analysis3 credits + 60 hours
EDU-0240Topics in Learning3 credits
PSY-0200**Developmental Psychology3 credits
Subject Matter Pedagogy Content
EDU-0200Development of Education in the U.S.3 credits
EDU-0250Early Childhood3 credits
EDU-0370Children’s Literature3 credits
EDU-0420Teaching RELA: N-43 credits
EDU-0421Teaching RELA: 5-83 credits

(not required for class of 2013 and beyond)


EDU-0425Teaching Mathematics: N-43 credits
EDU-0426Teaching Mathematics 5-83 credits

(not required for class of 2013 and beyond)


EDU-0403Teaching Science3 credits
EDU-0404Teaching Social Studies3 credits
EDU-0405Teaching the Arts in Elem. School3 credits
EDU-0395Teaching Phys. Educ. and Health1.5 credits
EDU-0427Technology in the Curriculum1.5 credits
Assessment
EDU-0385Educational Assessment and Statistics3 credits
Family and Community Collaborative Partnerships
EDU-0230The School, the Family and the Community3 credits
Professionalism
EDU-0220Effective Teaching Strategies in K-12 Classrooms3 credits
PHI-0310**Ethics and Social Values3 credits

Required Supporting Courses

Students must demonstrate that they have competencies related to adaptations and accommodations for diverse students, that is students with disabilities, gifted students, and ELL students.

EDU-0270Classroom and Behavior Management(New PDE Requirement)
EDU-0280Fundamentals of Special Education(New PDE Requirement)
EDU-0380Working with Disabled and Gifted Students(New PDE Requirement)

in an Inclusion Program
EDU-0355Principles and Practices of Working with(New PDE Requirement)

English Language Learners
Total Education Courses = 72 credits

General Education Courses not part of the Education Major = 56 to 57 credits (including 9 credits in education courses, see above)
Student Teaching = 6 credits

Total = 125 to 126 credits (actual credits, counting the 9 – see above – only once)

**Denotes a course that can fulfill General Education requirements.

Requirements for Secondary Education Certification

Students seeking Secondary Education Certification may choose Studio Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, History/Social Studies, French, Mathematics, or Spanish as a major. Students should arrange their course schedule with their major mentor and the Director of Teacher Education, who serves as a second mentor, such that all required coursework is completed prior to student teaching.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits to graduate. Requirements for individual majors will vary. Please review carefully the requirements for the chosen major as stated elsewhere in the catalogue.

General Education Requirements 57 to 58 credits

Students may apply six credits of the courses required in Education or their major subject towards General Education requirements.

Required Courses 36 to 45 credits

Students seeking Secondary Education Certification may choose Studio Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, History/Social Studies, French, Mathematics, or Spanish as their major. Please see individual majors for requirements.

Education Requirements 33 credits

The following courses are required for certification at the 5-8 or secondary level in the Undergraduate College.

Development, Cognition, and Learning
EDU-0201Observation and Analysis3 credits + 60 hours of classroom observation
EDU-0240Topics in Learning3 credits
PSY-0200*Developmental Psychology3 credits
Subject Matter Pedagogy Content
EDU-0200Development of Education in the U.S.3 credits
EDU TBDMethods of Teaching3 credits

{major subject specific}


EDU-0427Technology in the Curriculum1.5 credits
Assessment
EDU-0385Educational Assessment and Statistics3 credits
PSY-0330**Adolescent Psychology3 credits
Family and Community Collaborative Partnerships
Professionalism
EDU-0350Principles and Practices of Secondary Education3 credits
PHI-0310 **Ethics and Social Values3 credits

Additional Requirements 6 credits

Students must demonstrate that they have competencies related to adaptations and accommodations for diverse students, that is students with disabilities, gifted students and ELL students.
EDU-0280Fundamentals of Special Education
EDU-0355Principles and practices of Working with English Language Learners
Total Education Requirements = 37.5 credits

Gen. Ed. = 56 to 57 (2 courses in Education count towards GE requirements)
Major = varies
Student Teaching/Seminar = 6 credits

Total = varies with subject area major

**denotes a course which may be cross-listed with another department

Required Supporting Courses

Students wishing to be certified at the 5-8 or high school levels must also meet the requirements for formal entry into the Teacher Certification Program as detailed earlier in this section.

Additional Courses Required for Teacher Certification in Hearing Impaired Education 24 credits
ASL-0150American Sign Language I3 credits
ASL-0151American Sign Language II3 credits
EDU-0201Observation and Analysis3 credits + 60 hours
EDU-0280Fundamentals of Special Education3 credits
EDU-0270Classroom and Behavior Management3 credits
EDU-0380Working with Disabled and Gifted Students in an Inclusion Program3 credits
EDU-0455Student Teaching/Seminar6 credits

Note:

Students must also demonstrate background in Psychology and related fields. This is NOT a major. It is a supplemental certification program.

Additional Courses Required for Certification in Foreign Language Education 6 credits
EDU-0320Linguistics of Communication3 credits
EDU-0340Teaching Foreign Languages in the Schools3 credits
EDU-0455Student Teaching6 credits

Degrees Offered

B.S., Bachelor of Science in Education

Secondary Education Certification with other major