Elementary Education

Coordinator: Foram Bhukhanwala, Ph.D.

About the Program

The Elementary Education program is designed to allow students seeking Elementary Education certification to attain a master’s degree concurrently. The degree is not required for certification, and individual requirements for certification may vary based on academic transcripts. Students should expect field observations to be part of course requirements and should anticipate demands on morning or afternoon times to fulfill observations. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to gain field experience by visiting schools, volunteering, or conducting extracurricular activities with schoolchildren.

Master of Education Degree Program Requirements (M.Ed.), Elementary Education Concentration

1. Foundation Courses (6–9 credits) chosen in consultation with the adviser from the following: ED 501–510

2. Concentration Courses (21–24 credits) chosen with the adviser to include but not limited to the following:

  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
  • ED 521 The Teacher and the Classroom, Elementary
  • ED 526A Learning and Assessment in Elementary Mathematics
  • ED 552 Issues and Methods in Elementary School Science
  • ED 562A Teaching Citizenship and Social Science K–6
  • ED 564 Creative Expression
  • ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 601 Developmental Literacy
  • ED 604 English Language Arts
  • ED 605 Writing to Improve Literacy
  • ED 606 Strategic Instruction for Emergent and Content Literacy, K–6
  • ED 608 Literature for Children and Youth

In addition to the above courses, when applicable the student may consult with the adviser to pursue advanced study in one or more of the elementary subject areas (Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Art/Music, Technology, Special Education/Inclusion or Curriculum).

3. Culminating Activity (0-3 credits) — Arranged in consultation with the adviser at the time of completing the Degree Candidacy Application. For students completing certification and master’s degree concurrently, the Culminating Activity is ED 470 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Elementary (6 credits; credits not applicable to degree).

Elementary Education Certification Requirements

Pennsylvania Instructional Teacher Certification (variable credit depending on previous academic credentials)

  • ED 503 General Foundations of Education in the United States
  • ED 517 Human Development: The School Years, K–12
  • ED 521 The Teacher and the Classroom, Elementary
  • ED 526A Learning and Assessment in Elementary Mathematics
  • ED 552 Issues and Methods in Elementary School Science
  • ED 562A Teaching Social Studies, K–6
  • ED 564 Creative Expressions
  • ED 565 Introduction to Instructional Technology
  • ED 580 Introduction to Inclusive Education
  • ED 601 Literacy Foundations
  • One of the following (chosen with adviser):
    ED 602 Literacy Problems, Multicultural Classroom: Assessment/Instruction,
    or ED 604 English Language Arts,
    or ED 605 Writing to Improve Literacy
    or ED 606 Emergent and Content Literacy K-6
    or ED 608 Literature for Children and Youth
  • ED 470 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: Elementary (6 credits; credits not applicable to degree)
    or ED 583B Fieldwork (for previously certified students) (3 credits; credits not applicable to master’s degree)

Additional Certification Requirements

1. Completion of all subject area coursework required to meet the general and specific certification standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This will be determined by the Coordinator.

2. A grade of “B” or better in the Graduate Student Teaching Practicum and the Fieldwork course.

3. Completion of all Praxis examinations is required prior to enrolling for the Student Teaching Practicum.

Praxis I

  • Passing scores on Reading, Writing and Mathematics tests are required for admission to the program.

Praxis II

  • Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (30511)
  • Qualifying Score: 150
  • **Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (10011)
  • Qualifying Score: 168

**Required for initial instructional certificate. Candidates completing an approved program and adding either Early Childhood or Elementary Education to an existing PA instructional certificate are only required to take Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge.

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