Childhood Education

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Faculty

Dr. Diane H. Nettles (chair) | Dr. Peter Cormas | Dr. Holly L. Diehl | Dr. Diane Fine | Dr. J. William Hug | Dr. Rebecca Maddas | Dr. Christine Peterson | Dr. Michelle Torregano | Dr. Clover Simms Wright

Purpose

 The Department of Childhood Education is part of a professional learning community (including students, faculty, staff, Professional Development School partners and advisory committee members) that shares a commitment to the preparation of highly effective professional educators and the belief that all learners deserve a quality education that meets their individual needs. This community is collaborative, inclusive and committed to the purposeful improvement of teaching and learning, using research-based, data-driven decision-making practices to ensure the well-being of each learner. 

Members of this community have multiple opportunities to learn and demonstrate the knowledge, pedagogical skills and dispositions of excellent teachers detailed in national, state and local standards.

Current national affiliations include accreditation by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE), as well as national recognition by the Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE). Educators who graduate from these programs are prepared to work with all learners, using developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive practices. These professionals are educational leaders who adapt to change by fusing current research, practices and modern technologies seamlessly into complex teaching and learning contexts. (NOTE: NCATE accreditation is current, but NCATE has been consolidated with the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, or CAEP. The CAEP accreditation review and visit will be in the Spring of 2021.)

Programs

The Department of Childhood Education offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree with teacher certification in early childhood education (Pre-K to grade 4) and middle level learning (grades 4 to 8). 

Certification in grades Pre-K through 8 can also be obtained through a post-baccalaureate certification-only program.

In addition, the department offers a noncertification program in Professional Studies in Education that leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. The department also offers an Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Honor Society

Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, has a California University of Pennsylvania chapter. Students in education who have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement are invited to apply for induction.

Careers

With the anticipated retirements of millions of public school teachers, the future looks bright for those students interested in a professional career in early childhood and middle level education.

Career prospects for Professional Studies in Education graduates are also encouraging. Potential employers include adoption agencies, tutorial learning organizations, community recreation centers, camps, publishers, school service supply companies and child abuse centers.

Students with undergraduate degrees in these fields are prepared to pursue advanced study in a variety of disciplines. The Career Services office provides assistance to students seeking positions locally and out-of-state.

Admission to the Pre-K to Grade 4 and Middle Level Education Certification Programs

Students accepted into a teacher certification program must be admitted to Teacher Education before they may register for upper-level, restricted courses. Please refer to the Teacher Education Program Student Handbook for details on Admission to Teacher Education requirements.