104 McKay Education Building
Elementary Education/Early Childhood
The Department of Elementary/Early Childhood Education’s mission statement is aligned with and reflective of the College mission, but is designed to specify the particular goals of the program. The goal of the Elementary Education/Early Childhood Department is to equip our graduates to meet the professional challenges of classrooms and school communities for the 21st century.
Susan Argyle, Sean Colbert-Lewis, Kim Creasy, Carmine DeCarlo, Sherry DuPont, Cinda Findlan, Thomas Gordon, Rose Heilman-Houser, Herbert Hunt, Geraldine Jenny, James Preston, Suzanne Rose, Anne Slanina, Robert Snyder, Pamela Soeder, Mary Vetere, Christine Walsh, Deborah Wells, Judy Werner, Lee Williams, Marilyn Yensick
The Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood will offer an undergraduate certification program in elementary education until August 2013 and will offer certification in Early Childhood Education (PK-4) after then. Prospective elementary teachers take balanced course work that provides a broad educational experience. Included are liberal studies courses as well as both professional and elementary education courses. Students (in this certification area) are required to complete 20 contact hours with elementary children during the freshman and sophomore years. This early experience is followed by numerous field experiences in early childhood and elementary classrooms as well as student teaching during the senior year. Students are offered the opportunity to complete part of their student teaching in an international or urban setting. The primary objective of the elementary/early childhood education program is to develop competent, caring and effective state-of-the-art teachers.
Multiple Certification Programs
While not required, it is strongly recommended that students complete a second area of certification, a minor, or an area of concentration in addition to elementary education. Our students have completed additional certifications in early childhood education, special education, environmental education and modern languages. Students have also minored in many areas including dance, history, math and Spanish. Students seeking multiple certifications should declare their intent as early as possible in their academic career and recognize that this may require additional credits beyond those required for the baccalaureate degree. Students seeking multiple certifications may expect to complete student teaching experiences in each of the certification areas. Specific requirements for additional certification, minors, and areas of concentration are available from advisors and the Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood office, room 104 McKay Education Building. Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic advisor in choosing and declaring these other options.
Persons possessing a bachelor’s degree may apply for admission to the post-baccalaureate program leading to elementary education certification. This program is designed for those who have completed degree requirements in a non-education major or who desire a second certification after graduation.
The post-baccalaureate program includes up to 80 credits of coursework and a required practicum. The practicum must be completed in an elementary/early childhood classroom under the supervision of a university faculty member, even if the student is certified in another area.