Elementary Education Pre-K-Grade 4

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Master of Education - Teacher Education: Elementary Education (Pre-K - Grade 4) with certification - Credits:  54 (program code:  0906)

Master of Education - Teacher Education: Elementary 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 and Pennsylvania elementary education certification (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 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.

Delivery Mode

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

Accreditation

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

Curriculum - Master of Education: Teacher Education: Elementry Education with certification 

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

Curriculum - Master of Education: Teacher Education: Elementry Education

Course Credits
ECE 703  Literacy Development  3
ECE 707  Leadership and Management in Early Childhood 3
EDE 701  Development and Organization of School Curriculum 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 718  Teaching and Assessment in Expressive Arts 3
ELE 721  Teaching and Assessment in Science 3
ELE 731  Teaching and Assessment in Social Studies 3
ESP 610  Special Education: Foundations and Collaboration 3
ESP 612  Evidence-based Practices for Pre-K-8 Inclusion 3
ESP 701  Introduction to Behavior Principles 3
PSY 712  Advanced Psychology of Learning 3
RES 800  Methods of Research 3
Total 45

Advisement

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 they are 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

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/education-campus/elementary-education/certification.aspx 

Program Coordinator

Michelle Early Torregano, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University), B.A., M.A. (Xavier University of Louisiana), Associate Professor

Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/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), Assistant Professor

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

Diane Fine, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), M.Ed. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (West Virginia Wesleyan College), Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Reading Specialist Program

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) , Assistant Professor

Diane Nettles, Ph.D., M.Ed., B.S. (University of South Florida), Chair

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

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

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/