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4 + 1 Early Childhood Education + MED Reading


Accelerate your career in education with the only 4+1 Early Childhood Education + M.Ed. Reading program in northwestern Pennsylvania. You’ll earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years when you enroll in PennWest Edinboro’s five-year program in Early Childhood Education and M.Ed. Reading.

Why Edinboro Stands Out

Teacher education is a hallmark of PennWest Edinboro. When you enroll in this unique 4+1 program, you not only receive the highest quality of education, but also enjoy all the benefits of our CAEP-accredited program.

You can start in the Early Childhood Education program and apply for entrance to the 4+1 program at any time. Officially enroll in graduate school after you’ve attained 75 credit hours and a 3.0 GPA.

Our team of highly qualified teachers, all who hold doctoral degrees in Reading and Literacy, will become your mentors and guides. And if you like, you can opt for a minor in Dyslexia Intervention, which provides you with additional skills that are in high demand in today’s educational job market.

You’ll graduate well-prepared to help young children learn in today’s challenging environment.

We are pleased to offer our students the opportunity to expand their options in the workplace through this accelerated program. And because the Master’s portion is 100% online, students can continue to work and gain even more experience while they complete their degree.”

Dr. Kristin Webber,
Professor, Early Childhood and Reading Department

How Edinboro Supports You

At PennWest Edinboro, we understand the importance of completing your degree in a timely and affordable manner. During your first four years, you will be earning some graduate credits at an undergraduate tuition rate. That saves you time as well as money. What’s more, you will learn by doing.

At the undergraduate level, you will complete 150 hours of field work and a 12-week student teaching experience. If you follow the Dyslexia Intervention minor course of study, you will have an additional 27-hour practicum. At the graduate level, a one-week clinical experience includes intensive work with an individual student who struggles with reading and writing.

Once you’ve completed your undergraduate requirements, you will move to the online graduate program. Courses are structured in eight-week sessions, which allows you several options. Choose to take two consecutive courses during each semester and complete your Master’s earlier. Or take just one course per session and enjoy a healthy balance with employment or other obligations.

Your Future

In today’s educational environment, holding multiple degrees or areas of certification will expand your employment possibilities and provide you with the knowledge and skills to become the best possible educator for your future students.

As you pursue your undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education, you may be interested in other graduate programs, such as:

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Kristin Webber
Professor, Early Childhood Education and Reading
316 Butterfield Hall
Email: kwebber@pennwest.edu
Phone: 814-732-1350

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