Elementary Education (PreK-4): Student Teaching and Careers

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Elementary Education (PreK-4): Student Teaching and Careers

Student Teaching Internships

The student teaching experience provides the opportunity for the pre-service teacher to engage in pedagogy that embraces the constructivist model. During the course of this assignment, you will work in two public school classrooms and attend weekly practicum. Discussions focus on current materials, constructivist teaching strategies and techniques, technology in the classroom, and Pennsylvania school laws relevant to the work of the classroom teacher. In addition to these school-based experiences, you are encouraged to engage in a series of community and cultural events with the surrounding school community.

Note: If you are a Pennsylvania certified teacher in another specialty area, you are not required to take the internship.

Career Opportunities

Career prospects for graduates in the Master of Education in elementary education program are encouraging; potential employers include adoption agencies, boards of education, elementary and middle schools, tutorial learning organizations, community recreation centers, camps, publishers, school service supply companies, and child abuse centers. Students with graduate degrees in these fields advance faster than their counterparts and have more earning potential.  An advanced degree is required for specialists, education administration, college teaching and other professional positions. 

Cal U prepares you to enter the workforce with knowledge, integrity, character and experience. With the help of Career Services, we'll connect you to potential employers through networking events, job shadowing opportunities, on-campus recruiting, job and internship fairs, and organizational visits.

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Where Some Of Our Graduates Are Working

  • Bethel Park School District
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Canon-McMillan School District
  • Elizabeth Forward School District
  • Extended Day Services
  • Farma Care
  • Gateway Rehabilitation Center
  • Holy Family Institute
  • Mt. Lebanon School District
  • National City Bank
  • Pittsburgh Public Schools
  • Pittsburgh Board of Education
  • South Butler County School District
  • South Park School District
  • Trinity School District
  • Uniontown Hospital
  • Uniontown Area School District
  • Upper St. Clair School District
  • Valley Senior High School
  • Valley School of Ligonier
  • Waynesburg Central Elementary
  • Yough School District