Grades PreK-4 Education
Make a world of difference teaching students in grades pre-K to 4.
Turn your love for children into a rigorous and rewarding career with a bachelor's degree in grades pre-K to 4 education from California University of Pennsylvania. With a combination of research-based instruction and hands-on experience, this degree program will give you the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential to becoming a successful classroom leader.
This program is rooted in the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Upon successful completion of your bachelor's degree, you will be eligible for a Pennsylvania teaching certificate for pre-kindergarten to grade 4.
You'll also receive the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Integrative STEM Education Endorsement, an additional credential that documents your ability to integrate science, technology, engineering and math concepts into early childhood and elementary education.
Cal U's comprehensive teacher training will give you a competitive edge:
- Gain in-depth knowledge of early childhood education, elementary education, human development and learning.
- Complete a professional electronic portfolio that will impress future employers.
- Participate in supervised field experiences and student teaching in Pennsylvania. Even first-year students gain classroom experience.
- Earn the Integrative STEM Education Endorsement as part of your four-year teacher education program.
Apply to become a Rutledge Institute Scholar.
Founded through a gift from Karen and Tom Rutledge, the Rutledge Institute for Early Childhood Education supports scholarships that cover tuition, fees and room costs for a select group of highly qualified undergraduates enrolled in the early childhood education program at Cal U.
Each year, 10 Rutledge Scholars are selected to enter the program as first-year students and continue through their senior year at Cal U. Learn more about the Rutledge Institute at Cal U and how you can apply to become a Rutledge Institute Scholar.