Bachelor of Science in Education
Teachers play a crucial role in child development. More than educators, they serve as mentors and advocates to students and their families. If you’re passionate about making a positive impact and inspiring a lifelong love of learning in the next generation, then Rosemont’s Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education is right for you.
Do you want to teach elementary-aged students?
You have options: Students pursuing a BS in Elementary Education may work toward certification to teach grades PK-4. Or you can pursue certification in both PK-4 and PK-12 Special Education. The double certification not only makes you a more well-rounded educator better equipped to serve your students—it enhances your marketability to future employers, too.
View degree requirements for:
- BS in Elementary Education with PK-4 Certification
- BS in Elementary Education with PK-4 & PK-12 Special Education Certification
Do you want to teach a specific subject, such as English or Social Studies?
Maybe you’ve always had interest in a particular class and think you’d enjoy teaching it. Or perhaps one of your teachers was so inspiring that you developed a passion for a subject and want to pass that onto others. If this sounds like you, you can major in the subject you aspire to teach and take a specific set of Education courses. Rosemont offers paths to certification in the following areas:
- Art (PK-12)
- Spanish (PK-12)
- Biology (7-12)
- Chemistry (7-12)
- English (7-12)
- History/Social Studies (7-12)
- Mathematics (7-12)
Why Study Education at Rosemont?
Our program has a 100% job placement rate. We give credit to our outstanding, committed faculty, who are all seasoned practitioners at local schools. They are genuinely invested in each student’s success, providing firsthand insight on how to not just land a job, but thrive as an educator at schools of all types. In fact, you'll receive one-on-one mentoring with the Director of Education beginning your first year. The Education department also offers networking opportunities, help with resume writing, and engagement in mock interviews with teachers and administrators who work at area schools.
In addition to developing the theoretical expertise needed to lead a classroom, you’ll put your learning into action early on. Field experience begins upon acceptance into the program, exposing you to elementary, middle, and secondary education settings. Our students complete their student teaching requirements at a variety of public school districts--including Lower Merion, Colonial, Haverford, Central Bucks, Radnor, Norristown, and Philadelphia—as well as many private, parochial and charter schools.
Our campus community is close-knit and highly engaged. Rosemont’s intentionally small class size also allows our students to make deep connections to a diverse mix of peers and faculty, helping you find your unique voice and untapped potential. Our intimate academic environment means that you’ll be an active participant in your learning: contributing to discussions, engaging with different viewpoints, and thinking critically about your own.
First year students are admitted into the major and certification programs on a provisional basis as a "pre-education" major. The Pennsylvania Department of Education promulgates the requirements for "formal" admission to any approved teacher preparation program in Pennsylvania. After these criteria are met, students may then declare the major in PK-4 Elementary, PK-4 Elementary with PK-8 Certification, or the certification track.
The requirements set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education are as follows:
- Students must complete 48 credits of general education and introductory education courses.
- A GPA of 3.0 (or reasonable expectation of achieving a 3.0 prior to student teaching).
- Six credits of college-level mathematics
- Three credits of English composition and three credits of English Literature
- Interview with the Director of Teacher Education
- Passing scores in the Basic Skills Requirement tests for educators*
*The Basic Skills Requirement can be satisfied by passing scores on the following.
Education Majors must, in most circumstances, maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to be certified in Pennsylvania. Students must also pass the appropriate PECT and current instructional content assessments. As of March, 2016, PDE is permitting students to use “mixed” test scores from vendors for the basic skills requirement. Please see the Director of Teacher Education for specific details.
Please follow this link to the requirements and steps to become certified in Pennsylvania on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
From Our Alumni
“Being an elementary school teacher has been my dream since I was in first grade. Now, I’m teaching in that same school district! Rosemont’s Education program helped make my dream a reality thanks to the mentorship provided by my professors. They worked closely with me during my classes and student teaching to make sure I was successful, and their familiarity with local schools was a huge help in my job search. My classmates were extremely supportive, too. Even after graduation, we’ve all stayed in touch and support one another as we begin our careers.” - Frankie DiGironimo
Education Program Director
Denise M. Falconi, Ed.D.
Director of Teacher Education and Certification Officer
610-527-0200 xt. 2321