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  Academic Programs / Education

Elementary Education

Dr. Aida Nevarez-LaTorre, Lead Professor
(215) 204-6189

Note: Department chairs frequently change at the beginning of the academic year.  Students should contact departments for updated information.

Elementary Education (with Early Childhood Education and/or Special 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 choose an additional area for certification in either Early Childhood Education or Special Education or both (a third certificate may be obtained by taking additional course work beyond the 128 credits). Students must be accepted into the certification program prior to taking methods courses (see advisor). 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, Early Childhood, Lead Professor
(215) 204-6129
 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: 

Program Requirements (for existing program)

Elementary Education

Early Childhood Option

Special Education Option for Students Admitted Prior to 2003

Special Education Option for Students Admitted for Fall 2003

All requirements for the Elementary Education program must be completed, and five s.h. of Student Teaching Elementary/Special Education 0381 must be in a Special Education placement. In addition, the following courses must be completed.

Note: A new sequence of courses for special education certification will be required for students admitted after July 1, 2003. Students should contact the Office of Student Services for specific details about these requirements.

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