Pre K-4 Program

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s changes to the certification programs, the Education Department offers the Pre K-4 Program beginning Fall Semester of 2010. This program is only open to the Class of 2014 and beyond.

The Pre K-4 certification program is built upon a foundation of field-based experiences and a full complement of special methods courses. The program contains a core of requirements in the area of general studies and a complement of courses in pedagogy and can be completed in conjunction with any major.

Required Cognate Courses
  • One (1) composition/writing course (satisfied through the First -Year Seminar)
  • MTH 114: Fundamentals of Mathematics or MTH 116: Shape & Symmetry
  • One (1) additional mathematics course (MTH 114 or 116 recommended)
  • One (1) British or American Literature course
  • One (1) biological science course
  • One (1) physical science course
  • GEO 101: World Geography


Professional Core Courses
  • EDU 101: History and Politics of American Education
  • EDU 104: Educational Psychology: Child Learning and Development
  • EDU 191: Arts in Education
  • EDU 201: Introduction to Special Education
  • EDU 202: Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • EDU 204: Integrating Curriculum & Instruction for Young Learners
  • EDU 212: Inclusive Education for Emergent Bilingual Students
  • EDU 326: Language and Early Literacy*
  • EDU 327: Literacy and the Integrated Social Studies Curriculum*
  • EDU 334: Mathematics Education for Young Learners*
  • EDU 344: Science Education for Young Learners*

    *Open to students who have been formally accepted into the program. Please see Admission Requirements for the criteria for Formal Acceptance.


Professional Semester
  • EDU 410: Assessment and Evaluation
  • EDU 420: Studies in Professional Education
  • EDU 950: Student Teaching I
  • EDU 951: Student Teaching II

Sample 4-Year Schedule