2021-2022 Academic Catalog

M.Ed. in Teacher Education: Pre-K-4 (with certification)

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Program Description

The Master of Education in Teacher Education: Pre-K-4 with certification program is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking a master's degree and Pennsylvania elementary education certification (grades pre-K-4). 

Program Coordinator

Michael Ulderich

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on-ground, face-to-face delivery with some online/distance elements)


This graduate degree program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Cal U's education programs have also been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).


Course Credits
ECE 703  Literacy Development  3
EDE 701  Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment 3
ELE 621  Instructional Strategies 3
ELE 701  Teaching and Assessment in Language Arts 3
ELE 702  Teaching and Assessment in Reading 3
ELE 703  Field Experience 3
ELE 711  Teaching and Assessment in Mathematics 3
ELE 721  Teaching and Assessment in Science 3
ELE 731  Teaching and Assessment in Social Studies 3
ELE 741  Diverse Arts and Culture in Education 3
ELE 795  Student Teaching 9
ESP 610  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 612  Evidence-based Practices for Pre-K-8 Inclusion 3
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Analysis 3
PSY 712  Advanced Psychology of Learning 3
RES 800  Methods of Research 3
Total 54

Additional Requirements

Students who are not certified in Pennsylvania must pass the PECT test. It is possible to earn the master's degree and pre-K-4 certification in the same program.

Candidates for Pennsylvania certification must have completed undergraduate or graduate coursework that includes the following:

  • College-level mathematics (6 credits)
  • English composition and American/British literature (3 credits/3 credits)
  • Health and wellness (3 credits)
  • Citizen: geography, political or economy (3 credits)
  • English language learners (3 credits)
  • Instructional technology (3 credits)
  • U.S. history (3 credits)
  • Physical science (3 credits)
  • Environmental/earth science (3 credits)
  •  Biology (3 credits)

The courses listed above apply only to the Master of Education with certification program. Students entering the program without all, or part, of the undergraduate requirements may meet them with additional coursework or by competency tests while they are taking the graduate classes.


Pennsylvania Act 24, 34, 114, 131 and 151 clearances (or appropriate clearances for non-Pennsylvania residents) are required for field-based course registration but not admission. Applicants may be admitted to the program but will not be able to register for field-based courses until all of the up-to-date clearances are submitted.

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