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).
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).
|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|
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.