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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Education

The COLLEGE OF EDUCATION is the professional school established to conduct and coordinate programs for the preparation of teachers and other educational personnel. Membership is held in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and in the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators. The college is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for the preparation of elementary teachers, secondary teachers, and school service personnel, with programs ranging through the doctoral level. (See also Teacher Education Programs.)

RESIDENT INSTRUCTION--All undergraduate majors offer specialization in various professional fields and meet the University's requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree. Students completing the college's teacher certification requirements are eligible for an Instructional I teacher certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition to a wide range of teacher preparation programs, the college offers undergraduate programs in education and public policy, and rehabilitation and human services. Beyond the undergraduate curricula, each of the college's academic units emphasizes advanced, graduate-level studies in education, which lead to master's and doctoral degrees. (See also the Penn State Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin.)

RESEARCH--Research and development are principal responsibilities of the college, informing and enriching its other missions. Faculty and advanced students pursue new knowledge and educational development along with other scholarly and creative activities. Individuals and teams develop programmatic research contributing to knowledge in the many disciplines within the college. Faculty engage in sponsored research funded by federal agencies, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, regional and local school districts, foundations, and the corporate sector.

CONTINUING EDUCATION AND DISTANCE EDUCATION--The college extends its instructional services to professional school personnel at many locations in Pennsylvania through organized credit and noncredit courses, workshops, conferences, studies, and other forms of professional association. Short courses, institutes, workshops, and other programs also are conducted on the University Park campus during the entire year. Requests for information on items of special interest should be addressed to Continuing Education and Distance Education, College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, 277 Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802-3206.

Selected courses, certificates, and degrees are also available through Penn State's World Campus. Information about these courses can be found at: www.worldcampus.psu.edu

ADMISSION AND SELECTIVE RETENTION

ADMISSION TO THE COLLEGE--Students who meet the secondary school unit requirements published in the front of this Bulletin meet with representatives from the Office of the Dean prior to enrolling in the University. The student's personal qualifications and the results of aptitude and interest tests are considered in terms of the specific degree program the student proposes to pursue.

ENTRANCE TO A MAJOR--To be eligible for entrance to a major in this college, a degree candidate must be enrolled in the college or satisfy requirements for entrance to the college. In addition, entrance-to-major requirements of the chosen program area must be met. Under certain circumstances, the University may need to limit enrollments in the college or in certain majors because of space limitations. Upon completion of their first year, students review their academic accomplishments and professional goals with their academic advisers before a decision about entrance to a specific major is made. In this declaration of major process, students and advisers review the students' grade-point averages and performances in written and oral communications; in psychological, sociological, and philosophical studies; and in those courses explicitly designed for specialization in the students' chosen majors. See Teacher Education Programs for details.

DEGREES AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS--The undergraduate majors lead to the B.S. degree. By careful planning, students in some majors may choose to meet University Faculty Senate requirements for earning simultaneous degrees by completing at least 30 additional credits beyond those required in the degree having the fewer total required credits. Alternatively, it is possible for a student in a degree program to meet graduation and teacher certification requirements for multiple majors and teacher certification options. Students should seek additional information from the University Certification Office, The Pennsylvania State University, 228 Chambers Building, University Park, PA 16802-3206.

RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PLANS

Recommended Academic Plans provide, in table form, the courses students might schedule semester by semester as they pursue a specific undergraduate degree. Each college or campus maintains Recommended Academic Plans for its own majors/degree programs. Links to these plans are on the Division of Undergraduate Studies website at: http://www.dus.psu.edu/semplans.htm. Questions concerning the Recommended Academic Plans should be directed to the college or campus involved or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  

 

ACADEMIC DEPARTMENTS

Learning and Performance Systems
PROFESSOR ALISON A. CARR-CHELLMAN, Head

This department offers undergraduate programs in Workforce Education and Development. In addition, the department offers graduate programs in Adult Education, Instructional Systems, and Workforce Education and Development. Courses offered are taken for required or elective purposes by students in various undergraduate and graduate programs.

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education
PROFESSOR SPENCER G. NILES, Head

This department offers undergraduate programs in Special Education, Rehabilitation and Human Services, and graduate programs in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Special Education. Courses are also taken for required or elective purposes by students in various undergraduate and graduate programs.

Curriculum and Instruction
PROFESSOR CARLA ZEMBAL-SAUL, Department Head

There is a growing demand for graduates of teacher education programs. This department offers professional programs leading to certification in early childhood (PK-4), middle-level education (grades 4-8), and in a variety of discipline areas leading to certification at the secondary-school level. Admission to a specific teacher certification program occurs only after a student applies to a particular program during or at the conclusion of the freshman year. This department also provides a variety of clinical field experiences, including student teaching.

Education Policy Studies
PROFESSOR GERALD LeTENDRE, Head

This department offers an undergraduate program in Education and Public Policy. The department offers courses in College Student Affairs, Comparative and International Educaiton, Educational Leadership, Educational Theory and Policy, and Higher Education, which are taken as required and as elective courses by students in various undergraduate and graduate programs.

 

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

DAVID H. MONK, Dean

GREGORY J. KELLY, Associate Dean for Research, Outreach, and Technology

STEPHANIE L. KNIGHT, Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies

 

COLLEGE ORGANIZATION

LEARNING AND PERFORMANCE SYSTEMS--ALISON A. CARR-CHELLMAN, Department Head
   Adult Education--GARY W. KUHNE and FRED M. SCHIED, Program Co-Coordinators
   Instructional Systems--SIMON R. HOOPER, In Charge
   Workforce Education and Development--DAVID PASSMORE, In Charge

EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY, COUNSELING, AND SPECIAL EDUCATION--KATHLEEN BIESCHKE, Department Head
   Counselor Education--RICHARD J. HAZLER, In Charge
   Rehabilitation and Human Services--JAMES HERBERT, In Charge
   Special Education--RICHARD KUBINA, In Charge; KATHLEEN McKINNON, Coordinator of Teacher Education
   Educational Psychology--RAYNE SPERLING and ROBERT STEVENS, In Charge
   School Psychology--JAMES C. DiPERNA, In Charge

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION--CARLA ZEMBAL-SAUL, Department Head
   Childhood and Early Adolescent Education--GWENDOLYN LLOYD, In Charge
   Early Childhood Education--JAMES E. JOHNSON, In Charge
   Graduate Programs--GLENDON W. BLUME, Coordinator
   Language and Literacy Education--GAIL BOLDT, In Charge
   Mathematics Education--ROSE MARY ZBIEK, In Charge
   Science Education--SCOTT P. McDONALD, In Charge
   Secondary Education--FRAN ARBAUGH, In Charge
   Social Studies Education--GAIL BOLDT, In Charge
   World Languages Education--MATTHEW POEHNER, In Charge

EDUCATION POLICY STUDIES--GERALD LeTENDRE, Department Head
   College Student Affairs--PHILIP BURLINGAME and NEAL HUTCHENS, Program Co-Coordinators
   Comparative and International Education--DAVID P. BAKER, Program Chair
   Education and Public Policy--DANA MITRA, In Charge
   Educational Leadership--PRESTON GREEN, In Charge
   Educational Theory and Policy--MINDY KORNHABER, In Charge
   Higher Education--DOROTHY EVENSEN, Program Coordinator

    
   

 

 

2/18/14