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Elementary Education (With Early Childhood Education and/or Special Education)

Penny Hammerich, Lead Professor, Elementary Education

The Elementary Education program is designed to prepare teachers to work in programs servicing children in nursery school, kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades. It is designed to help students gain an appreciation and understanding of children, develop personally and professionally, and acquire a sound philosophy of education. 

By working directly with children several times prior to student teaching, the student can study the reactions of children of various ages to different situations and thereby gain insight into the creation of learning situations and the planning of teaching procedures which meet the needs of children. 

Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses (see adviser). Observation, participation, and teaching within the practicum are further extended during student teaching where competency of teaching skills is demonstrated.

Early Childhood Education and Special Education Options

Cathleen Soundy, Lead Professor, Early Childhood Education
(215) 204-1520
Terry Maddock, Lead Professor, Special Education Options
(215) 204-8073

In the new undergraduate program, all students will obtain certification in Elementary Education. Students must then choose an additional area for certification in either Early Childhood Education or Special Education. In addition, a third certificate may be obtained by taking additional course work (beyond the 128 credits required for the double certificate program). 

General Studies, Professional Course Sequence and Core Requirements
Several restrictions and additions to the requirements listed above (see Other Requirements for College of Education Students) apply to students in this program: 

  1. The Literature requirement must be met by taking any one of the following:
    • C056 American Literature; 
    • X084 Introduction to Literature; 
    • W082 Introduction to Fiction; 
    • English 0114 Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660; 
    • 0115 Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900; 
    • W116 Survey of American Literature I; 
    • 0117 Survey of American Literature II 
  2. A required course in Linguistics, English 0111 (Introduction to Linguistics) or Communication Sciences 0108, or Anthropology 0127 must be taken and passed with a grade of C or better. This course must be taken before English Education 0120 or 0 121. 
  3. In addition to the required two-course sequence in Science, students must take at least one additional course in another science. 
  4. Two additional courses in Social Science must be taken from the following list (choose one of the following):
    • Economics CO50: Principles of Economics
    • Economics C051: (Macroeconomic Principles)
    • Economics C052: (Microeconomic Principles) 
    • Economics C054: (Economic Principles for Education majors) 
    • Economics C055: (Global Economic Issues)
    • Geography and Urban Studies W050: (Environment and Society) 
    • Geography and Urban Studies C060: (World Urban Patterns) 
    • Geography and Urban Studies C080: (Geography of the United States) 
    • Geography and Urban Studies R055: (Urban Society: Race and Class). 

Program Requirements (for existing program)

Elementary Education



Practices in Early Childhood/Special Education 

   3 s.h.


Art/Music/Dance/Creative Performance

   3 s.h.

Elementary Education


Reading/Language Arts Practicum

   2 s.h.


Mathematics/Science Practicum

   2 s.h.

English Education


Teaching Integrated Language, Reading & Writing 

   6 s.h.

Math Education


Teaching Mathematics: N-6 

   3 s.h.

Science Education


Teaching Science: N-6

   3 s.h.

Social Studies 


Teaching Social Studies: N-6

   3 s.h.


Student Teaching in Elem/Spec Ed/ Ech Ed

   9 s.h.



 34 s.h.

Students must choose a minimum of one additional area of Certification:

Early Childhood Education


Childhood Development & Implementation in Early Childhood Programs

    3 s.h.         


Family/School/Community Environments for Young Children

    3 s.h.         


Observing, Documenting, & Assessing Young Children's Learning:  A Field-Based Seminar

    3 s.h.         


Special Education


Inclusive Learning Environments

    3 s.h.         


Best Practices in Special Education

    3 s.h.         


Cognition, Language & Literacy

    3 s.h.         



University Core, General Education & Professional Education Core Courses

     76 s.h.

Elementary Education Courses

     34 s.h.

Additional Certificate Courses (Early Childhood or Special Education) 

       9 s.h.

Additional Credits

       9 s.h.


   128 s.h.


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