B.S.Ed. Early Level (PreK-4) Education
The Leading Teacher Program (LTP) in Grades PreK-4 (Early Childhood) Education is designed to prepare leading teachers for pre-school and elementary classrooms. Teacher candidates who successfully complete the requirements for this degree will be qualified to teach in pre-school and early elementary classrooms, through fourth grade. Throughout the program, teacher candidates have the opportunity to develop professional and personal competence by participating in experiences that are both theoretical and applied in the nation’s schools. All teacher candidates complete a set of core experiences in teaching methodology and participate in guided fieldwork.
The Grades PreK-4 (Early Childhood) Education program is guided by Pennsylvania state standards and by standards of national professional organizations. In 2006, the Early Childhood program earned national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Elementary Education program earned national accreditation from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI). Teacher candidates address professional standards in each of the early childhood and elementary school curriculum areas through course projects and implement the standards in their fieldwork. All of the experiences in the Grades PreK-4 Early Childhood Education program reflect the themes of leadership, diversity and technology and are based on the five domains of the Leading Teacher Program.
The Grades PreK-4 (Early Childhood) Education program is a 129 credit program that consists of courses and experiences organized into three major areas of study: University Core/General Education (36 credits); Foundations of Education (36 credits); Professional Preparation (57 credits). The majority of the General Education and Foundations courses are completed in the first two years of study.