Elementary and Early Childhood Education, B.S.

Program Code: CEAED_BS

Program Description

The Elementary and Early Childhood Education (CEAED) major prepares candidates to teach all content areas in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 4 (PK-4). Requirements for successful completion of the major include coursework specific to elementary and early childhood learning environments, child development, and field experiences in grades PK-4 classrooms, as well as content and teaching methods courses specific to teaching language and literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies. Students who successfully complete this major will have met all coursework and field experience requirements for the PK-4 Instructional I Certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In addition, they will have been prepared for the appropriate PECT exams, which are the standardized assessment required by PDE for this certification.

What is Elementary and Early Childhood Education?

The Elementary and Early Childhood Education (EECE) major prepares teachers of children from birth through fourth grade. Students in this program explore progressive theories of teaching and learning; learn how to be professional educators in diverse school settings; and develop skills in educational leadership, inclusive education, and professional inquiry. Our program is distinct in the opportunities it offers to work in exceptional preschools, an award-winning Professional Development School, and other educative settings.

You Might Like This Program If...

You want to do the critically important work of teaching young children, and you recognize that being an educator is a learned profession that is both demanding and rewarding.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ELEMENTARY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Entrance to Major

Students must apply for admission to the major. Students interested in the major should contact their adviser and enroll in a CI 295 field experience, which features participation in the classroom.

Baccalaureate degree candidates must meet the following requirements 1-3 by the end of their third semester:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  2. Satisfaction of any basic-skills or entrance testing requirements as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education in force at the time of application for entrance to the major.

Requirements 3-8 must be met by the end of the fourth semester when students typically participate in the Entrance-to-Major process.

  1. A grade of "C" or better in all specified courses.
  2. Completion of an early field experience specified by the certification program.
  3. Completion of a core of Education courses specified by the certification program.
  4. Completion of additional credits as specified by the certification program.
  5. Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including ENGL 15 or ENGL 30H , six credits of quantification, and three credits of natural science and three credits of literature.
  6. Approval from the professional education adviser or the head of the pertinent certification program.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary & Early Childhood Education PK-4, a minimum of 127 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Requirements for the Major 109-110

27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GH courses, 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GS.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CI 280Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners Keystone/General Education Course3
CI 295AIntroductory Field Experience for Teacher Preparation3
CI 495AClinical Application of Instruction - PK-43
CI 495DPracticum in Student Teaching--Childhood and Early Adolescent Education12
CI 495FProfessional Development Practicum3
ECE 451Instruction in Early Childhood Education Derived from Development Theories3
ECE 479The Young Child's Play as Educative Processes3
EDPSY 14Learning and Instruction Keystone/General Education Course3
EDTHP 115Education in American Society Keystone/General Education Course3
KINES 126The Health Program for the Elementary School Child1.5
KINES 127The Physical Education Program for the Elementary School Child1.5
LLED 400Teaching Reading in the Elementary School3
LLED 401Teaching Language arts in Elementary School3
LLED 402Teaching Children's Literature3
MATH 200Problem Solving in Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course3
MTHED 420Teaching Mathematics In The Elementary Schools3
MUSIC 241Music for Classroom Teachers3
SCIED 458Teaching Science in the Elementary School3
SPLED 400Inclusive Special Ed Foundations: Legal, Characteristics, Collaboration, Assessment, and Management4
SPLED 403AEvidence-Based Instruction for Elementary Students with Disabilities in Reading, Math, and Writin3
SSED 430WTeaching Social Studies in the Elementary Grades3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AED 303The Visual Arts in the Elementary School3
or CI 460 The Creative Child
HDFS 229Infant and Child Development Keystone/General Education Course3
or EDPSY 11 Educational Implications of Individual Differences in Childhood Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data in Education Keystone/General Education Course
Statistical Concepts and Reasoning Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select any MATH course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of Economic Geography3
Select 3 credits in literature3
Select 3 credits of US History3
Select 9 credits: 3 credits each (including one course with a lab) from biological science, earth science, and physical science9
Select 3 credits of family and relationships from the following:3
parent Involvement in Home, Center, and Classroom Instruction
Family Development
Program Development in Family Relationships
Family Relationships
Family Development in an Economic Context
Family Disorganization: Stress Points in the Contemporary Family
Family Change in the Global Economy
Sociology of the Family Keystone/General Education Course
Language, Culture and the Classroom: Issues for Practitioners
Select 6 credits of educational selections from the following:6
Teaching English as a Second Language
Development and Administration of Child Service Programs
Sexual Identity over the Life Span
Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families
Program Development in Family Relationships
Developmental Sport & Exercise Psychology
Infant Development
Advanced Child Development
Experience in Preschool Groups
Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescence
Content Area Reading
Children's Literature in the Classroom
Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching
Evaluating Schools Performances and Programs with English Language Learners (ELLs)

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

College of Education
Advising and Certification Center

228 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-0488
ed@admissions.psu.edu

Abington

Ann Martinelli
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7914
axd14@psu.edu

Altoona

Leigh Ann Haefner
Associate Professor of Education
Hawthorn Building 229, 3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5638
lab194@psu.edu

Berks

Lauren Zuidema
Lecturer in Education
Gaige 236
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6455
lzz40@psu.edu

Erie

Jennifer Lane-Myler, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor of Education
151 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-7010
jal370@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2021-22 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, B.S. at University Park Campus and Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H*#3Math Selection3
MATH 200*#†3Earth Science Selection*†33
Biological Science Selection*#†33U.S. History Selection*†43
EDTHP 115*#3EDPSY 14*#3
EDUC 100*1Literature Selection#†53
Art Selection*3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Physical Science Selection*†33CI 295A*#3
EDPSY 11 or HDFS 229*#†3CAS 100A*#3
GEOG 30N, 123, or 126*†3Elective3
Arts Selection3Family and Relationships Selection*63
STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101*#†3-4KINES 126 (or Health and Physical Education)*21.5
CI 280*†3ECE 451*3
 18-19 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A or 202B*3LLED 400*3
SPLED 400*4LLED 401*3
KINES 127 (or Health and Physical Education)*21.5LLED 402*3
Educational Selection*73CI 460 or AED 303*3
Educational Selection*73MUSIC 241 or CI 497*1-9
ECE 479*3 
 17.5 13-21
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTHED 420*3CI 495D*112
SCIED 458*3CI 495F*13
SSED 430W3 
CI 495A*3 
SPLED 403A*3 
 15 15
Total Credits 126-135

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Additional Notes:

  • Must complete at least 3 cr. of United States (US) and 3 cr. of International Cultures (IL).
  • ETM notes a course is required for entrance to major/certification program.
  • All students must complete one lab course as indicated on the Natural Sciences (GN) Course Selection List.
  • Summer study could reduce some of the credit loads above.
  • Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
  • Academic Advising Notes: The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through this curriculum.   Please be sure to also use the curriculum checksheets and degree audits, as well as consult with an adviser about appropriate scheduling sequences, clearances for field experiences and Testing requirements. Advisers also can assist students in identifying coursework offered at Penn State in the SUMMER.

*MATH 200 and any 3 credits of GQ are accepted for ETM.

**Using KINES 126 and/or 127 for the GHW requirement will require 1.5-3 credits of additional electives.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, B.S. at Abington Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15*#3Literature Selection (GH ET)*#†53
Mathematics Selection (GQ) (MATH 34, 35, 36)*#23STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101 (GQ)*#†23-4
Earth Selection (GN) EARTH 2, 103, BiSci 3, GEOG 210, SUS 150N*#†13-4Biological Science Selection (GN) (Bio 120N, Bio 11, 12 or BiSci)*#†13-4
EDTHP 115*#3U.S. History Selection GH *63
EDUC 100 (EDUC 100 Praxis Support Sustainability 150N is substitute)3EDPSY 14*#3
 Take Praxis Core Tests in summer between first and second year
 15-16 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 295*#3Arts Selection (GA)3
HDFS 229 (GS)*#†3Arts Selection (GA)3
Economic Geography (GEOG 30N)*†3Family & Relationship Selection (SOC 30, EDTHP 297, RHS 402 or HDFS 315 suggested)*3
Physical Science Selection 10, 11, 1 or CHEM 13CAS 100A (GWS)3
MATH 200*#†23NUTR 2513
CI 2803Education Selection (SPLED or ELL option)*33
 18 18
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A or 202B (GWS)3LLED 400*3
ECE 4513LLED 401*3
ECE 4793LLED 402*3
SPLED 400*4CI 497*3
Education Selection, SPLED or ELL option*33CI 4603
 SPLED 403A*3
 16 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 495A (with Seminar (T/TH))*3CI 495D (Student Teaching)*12
MTHED 420*3CI 495F (Seminar)*3
SCIED 458*43Student Teaching Sequence is not optional
SSED 430W3 
Education Selection, SPLED 461, SPLED 419 or ELL option3 
 15 15
Total Credits 130-133

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, B.S. at Altoona Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H*#3Math Selection3
MATH 200*#†3Earth Science Selection*†33
Biological Science Selection*#†33U.S. History Selection*†43
EDTHP 115*#3EDPSY 14*#3
EDUC 100*1Literature Selection#†53
Art Selection*3 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Physical Science Selection*†33CI 295A*#3
HDFS 229*#†3CAS 100A*#3
GEOG 30N, 123, or 126*†3Elective3
Arts Selection3Family and Relationships Selection*63
STAT 100, 200, or EDPSY 101*#†3-4KINES 126 (or Health and Physical Education)*21.5
CI 280*†3ECE 451*3
 18-19 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A or 202B*3LLED 400*3
SPLED 400*4LLED 401*3
KINES 127 (or Health and Physical Education)*21.5LLED 402*3
Educational Selection*73AED 303*3
Educational Selection*73MUSIC 241*3
ECE 479*3 
 17.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
MTHED 420*3CI 495D*112
SCIED 458*3CI 495F*13
SSED 430W3 
CI 495A*3 
SPLED 403A*3 
 15 15
Total Credits 128-129

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Additional Notes:

  • Must complete at least 3 cr. of United States (US) and 3 cr. of International Cultures (IL).
  • ETM notes a course is required for entrance to major/certification program.
  • All students must complete one lab course as indicated on the Natural Sciences (GN) Course Selection List.
  • Summer study could reduce some of the credit loads above.
  • Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.
  • Academic Advising Notes: The course series listed above is only one of many possible ways to move through this curriculum.   Please be sure to also use the curriculum checksheets and degree audits, as well as consult with an adviser about appropriate scheduling sequences, clearances for field experiences and Testing requirements. Advisers also can assist students in identifying coursework offered at Penn State in the SUMMER.

*MATH 200 and any 3 credits of GQ are accepted for ETM.

**Using KINES 126 and/or 127 for the GHW requirement will require 1.5-3 credits of additional electives.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, B.S. at Berks Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15 or 30H (GWS)*‡#3CAS 100A (GWS)3
MATH 200 (GQ)*‡#3MATH 201 (or General Education Course (GQ))3
EDTHP 115A*#3HDFS 229 (GS)*#†3
General Education Course (GN)*#3EDPSY 14*#3
General Education Course (GA)3Literature Selection*#†3
First-Year Seminar1 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 295A*#3ENGL 202A or 202B (GWS)3
STAT 100 (GQ)*‡#3SOC 30*3
GEOG 30N (GS)*†3General Education Course (GN)3
SOC 205N*3General Education Course (GN)3
U.S. History Selection*3General Education Course (GA)3
 General Education Course (GHW)*†1.5
 15 16.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 280 (GH)*†3AED 303*3
ECE 451*3LLED 400*3
ECE 479*3LLED 401*3
LLED 497*3LLED 402*3
SPLED 400*4MUSIC 241*3
General Education Course (GHW)*†1.5SPLED 403A*3
 17.5 18
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 495A*3CI 495D*12
CI 405*3CI 495F*3
MTHED 420*3 
SSED 430W (Course fulfills the Writing Across The Curriculum Requirement.)3 
SCIED 458*3 
 15 15
Total Credits 128

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EDUC 1001CI 280*3
EDTHP 115A (or spring)*#3MATH 201 (or MATH)*#†3
U.S. History Selection*3Literature Selection*#3
HDFS 229*#†3Natural Science with Lab (Earth)*†3
MATH 200*#†3ENGL 15*#†3
EDPSY 14*#3Education Selection (3 credits fall or spring)*0-3
 16 15-18
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CAS 100A*†3CI 295A*#†3
GEOG 30N or 126*†3EDPSY 101 or STAT 200*#†3-4
Family & Relationships Selection (ECE 453 or SOC 30)*†3SPLED 461 (or Education Selection)*3
Natural Science (Physical)3ENGL 202A or 202B*†3
RHS 100 (minor) or Education Selection*3KINES 127 (Health and Wellness)*1.5
CSD 146 (minor) or Education Selection*0-3Arts Selection3
 15-18 16.5-17.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 460*3SPLED 403A*3
ECE 479*3LLED 402*3
LLED 400*3ECE 451*3
SPLED 400*4SSED 430W*3
KINES 126 (Health and Wellness)*1.5Natural Science (Biological)3
SPLED 419 (minor) or Education Selection (fall or spring)*0-3 
 14.5-17.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CI 495A*3CI 495D*12
MTHED 420*3CI 495F*3
SCIED 458*3 
LLED 401*3 
CI 405*3 
 15 15
Total Credits 122-132

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Additional Notes:

  • All students are required to take two Education selections of their choice. These may be as a minor or can be their selection.

Career Paths

Education is a profession and all teachers are expected to continue studying and developing new skills throughout their careers. In most U.S. states, teacher certification is a multi-stage process, with graduate study beyond a bachelor’s degree expected early in a teacher’s career. Graduates of this program who work in public schools usually go on to earn a master’s degree, and often use those studies to earn additional credentials in areas like counseling, reading, teaching English learners, or special education. Graduates who work in early childhood education or nonformal settings also have the option of earning advanced degrees, and, as with public school teachers, have access to continuing education (CE) through school intermediate units, museums, and other nonprofits, and web-mediated CE systems. Alumni who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level through Penn State can do so at University Park and through the University’s World Campus.

Careers

In addition to resources such as the College’s Advising and Certification Center and Penn State Career Services, the University hosts large education career fairs in both the fall and spring semesters, which bring recruiters to campus from throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREERS OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ELEMENTARY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Accreditation

The College of Education educator preparation program is currently NCATE accredited and is seeking accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP) in Spring 2019. CAEP advances excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ACCREDITATION OF THE ELEMENTARY AND EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM

Professional Licensure/Certification

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Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
141 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-1500
lloyd@psu.edu

https://ed.psu.edu/c-and-i/undergrad

Abington

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7914
axd14@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/ee

Altoona

DIVISION OF EDUCATION, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Hawthorn Building 229, 3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5638
lab194@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/bachelors-degrees/elementary-early-childhood-education/request-information

Berks

HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6455
lzz40@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-elementary-and-early-childhood-education

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Kochel
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HumSocSci@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences