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Undergraduate Degree Programs


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 Certification 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:


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 Programs, Degrees, and Certifications for details. (See also Teacher Certification Programs.)

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 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: Questions concerning the Recommended Academic Plans should be directed to the college or campus involved or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.  





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

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



Curriculum and Instruction

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.

   Childhood and Early Adolescent Education
   Early Childhood Education
   Language and Literacy Education
   Mathematics Education
   Science Education
   Secondary Education
   Social Studies Education
   World Languages Education

Education Policy Studies

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.

   Education and Public Policy
   College Student Affairs
   Comparative and International Education
   Educational Leadership
   Educational Theory and Policy
   Higher Education

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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.

   Special Education
   Rehabilitation and Human Services
   Counseling Psychology
   Counselor Education
   Educational Psychology
   School Psychology

Learning and Performance Systems

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

   Workforce Education and Development
   Adult Education
   Learning, Design, and Technology








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