Elementary Education Pre-K-Grade 4

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Master of Education - Pre-K-Grade 4 with certification - Credits:  54 (program code:  0906)
Master of Education - Pre-K-Grade 4 without certification - Credits:  45 (program code: 0908)

Program Description

The elementary education program is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking a master's degree or Pennsylvania elementary education (grades Pre-K-4). This program is appropriate for students who wish to broaden their knowledge of elementary/early childhood education and teachers certified in other areas, and for those with an undergraduate degree outside of education.

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.

Students who hold Pennsylvania teacher certification may also satisfy Act 48 requirements by successfully completing graduate courses.

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

  • College-level mathematics (6 credits)
  • English composition and English/American 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.

Delivery Mode

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


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation ( CAEP, formerly NCATE)

Admission Criteria





Students in the Pre-K-4  education program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Website


Program Coordinator

Michelle Early Torregano, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University), B.A., M.A. (Xavier University of Louisiana)
          Web page: https://www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Michelle-Torregano.aspx
           E-mail: torregano@calu.edu
           Phone: 724-938-4499

Program Faculty

Peter Cormas, Ph.D. (University of Texas at Austin), M.S. (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), Post- baccalaureate (Yale University), B.A. (University of Pittsburgh)

Holly Diehl, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (Frostburg State University), B.S. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor

Diane Fine, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (West Virginia Wesleyan College)

William Hug, Ph.D., M.S. (Pennsylvania State University), B.S. (Western Illinois University),  Associate Professor

Rebecca R. Maddas, Ed.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), M.Ed., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania) 

Christine Peterson, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.S. (Johns Hopkins University), B.S. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor 

Clover Wright, Ph.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College)

For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm.