The Science of Learning Translated into the Art of Teaching
In order to develop into a great first-year teacher, pre-service teachers must become ignited by the idea of teaching and learning, be involved in a deep practice of the craft and science of teaching, and be carefully coached and mentored in that practice. Arcadia University’s School of Education programs are guided by this belief and the research that supports it. Our professors are dedicated to designing meaningful and rich courses that are connected to essential fieldwork which is mentored by classroom teachers, professors, and supervisors.
Arcadia University Education students will:
Hone their teaching skills through mentored guided practice , starting in your first Education course.
Enjoy camaraderie, idea sharing, and collaboration with other students and faculty in Arcadia’s close-knit undergraduate programs.
Have an opportunity to explore global learning and teaching experiences through Arcadia’s accessible and acclaimed study abroad program
At the end of undergraduate studies, pre-service teachers will have the skills needed to design meaningful and rich learning opportunities for PreK-12 students and have a sophisticated understanding of 21st Century teaching and learning.
School of Education Program Highlights
More than 20 certification programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
Extensive fieldwork and student teaching partnerships with urban and suburban schools
Opportunities to study abroad
Institutional grants to collaborate with faculty on research and opportunities to present at regional, national, and international conferences
Membership opportunities in honorary societies such as Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honorary Society in Education and Phi Kappa Phi Arcadia University Honor Society
Student memberships in state and local professional education organizations such as the Pennsylvania State Education Association
Leadership and Recognition
Arcadia University has been awarded state grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Special Education to train teachers statewide in inclusive practices at the Arcadia Annual Inclusion Institute and in Positive Behavior Supports for schools. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the National Science Foundation awarded Arcadia major funding to train special educators and secondary English, social studies, science, and mathematics educators. Arcadia has been recognized and funded for its work in developing Professional Development Schools through the Lawrence J. and Anne Rubenstein Foundation and the Philadelphia Education Fund. The Autism Certificate Program is Endorsed by the Commonwealth of PA, and the Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate leads to National Board certification with successful completion of an internship and passing the national Board exam. The School of Education was also awarded a state grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to develop an undergraduate dual certification program in Secondary Education and Special Education.
Our graduates have received regional and statewide recognition for the work they do after graduation. Graduates of Arcadia’s Education program are currently employed or have been employed across the nation and in international locations.
Requirements for the B.A. in PreK-4 and PreK-4/Special Education PreK-12 (Dual Certification)
The Bachelor of Arts programs provide the necessary training for students interested in teaching at the PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-12 levels.
All Education programs are fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Graduates are recommended by the University after meeting all requirements for the Instructional I Certificate.
Study Abroad Strengthens Education Majors’ Teaching Skills
Education majors and certification students are urged to consider spending a semester abroad. Students who study abroad enhance their knowledge of the field of education through the courses they take while abroad.
Depending on the program, sophomore year is the most convenient times for Education majors and certification students to plan to study abroad. Students are encouraged to make these decisions early in their program in order to adequately plan for appropriate course selection, and in the case of student teaching, to adequately prepare, plan and place students abroad.
Since it is important that students plan ahead for study abroad, they should consult with their advisers as soon as possible and make their intentions known to the Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning and the Office of Study Away.