Undergraduate Programs and Information
- Undergraduate Programs and Information
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recently made changes to teacher certifications. Certification areas include either Early Childhood (PreKindergarten-4), or both Early Childhood (PK-4) and Special Education (PreKindergarten-8). Because of this, the School of Education has made adjustments in its teacher education programs. Please review our new programs beginning in Fall 2009.
Students who are already enrolled in a program before these changes will continue in those programs. Also, some transfer students may be eligible to transfer into one of these previous programs.
Degree Programs and Requirements
- B.S. Early Childhood Education (PK-4)
- B.S. Early Childhood (PK-4) and Special Education (PK-8)
- A.S. Preschool Education
- A.A. Human Services and Developmental Disabilities
Previous Degree Programs
- B.S. Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Education
- B.S. Elementary Education/ Special Education
- B.S. Special Education/ Elementary Education
* For questions on your particular program of study, please see the appropriate department:
B.S. Elementary Education- Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Education department
B.S. Elementary Education/ Early Childhood Education- Early Childhood and Special Education department
B.S. Elementary Education/ Special Education- Early Childhood and Special Education department
B.S. Special Education/ Elementary Education- Early Childhood and Special Education department
Students who fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor's degree also complete an accredited program leading to Pennsylvania teacher certification. The School of Education further requires students to meet liberal arts and and grade point average standards in order to gain teacher candidacy. More information can be found on the School of Education website.
In order to become certified teachers, students must also meet testing requirements set by the Commonwealth. As such, the School of Education holds the same requirements. Students must take and pass the Praxis I exams in order to gain teacher candidacy and continue in their majors. Additionally, before student teaching, teacher candidates must take and pass the Praxis II exams for their areas of study. More information about Praxis testing can be found on the School of Education website or at the Educational Testing Service.
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Registration and Advising
Registration typically occurs halfway through the semester before you will take classes, so students will register in the Fall for courses they will take in the Spring, and they will register in the Spring for courses they will take in the Fall. Different students register at different times. Students will be notified by email of their exact registration date, or they may check on SCOTS for details.
In order to register for classes, students need a PIN. They must meet with their advisors to choose courses or review their plans of study, and receive their PIN before registering. The PIN changes each semester, so students must meet with their advisors each semester. Students should plan ahead so that they can secure the desired courses. Faculty contact information can be found in the menu to the left.