2020-2021 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Grades PreK-4 Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Grades PreK-4 Education degree prepares students to teach children at the pre-kindergarten to grade 4 levels. Pennsylvania certification in pre-K to grade 4 education is awarded upon graduation and completion of state certification requirements.   

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


This undergraduate 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).


The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
HIS 101  OR  HIS 102  US History  3
MAT 120  Elementary Topics in Math I 3
PSY 205  Childhood Psychology  3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
Any Approved American/British Lit Course 3
Second Semester 15
CHD 200  Introduction to PreK-Grade 8 Ed. 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK  3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ESP 210  Special Ed Fnd. and Collaboration 3
MAT 130  Elementary Topics in Math II 3
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 18
ELE 300  Emergent Literacy  3
ELE 310  Teaching PreK STEAM 3
ELE 410  PreK-4 Field 3
GEO/POS/ECO 102  Social Sciences  3
Any Fine Arts Course 3
Elective #1 3
Fourth Semester 15
CHD 250  Health and PE for PreK-4  3
CHD 312  Instructional Leadership in Childhood Education 3
ESP 311  Assessment Positive Behavior Intervention 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology  3
Any Natural Science Course with lab 3
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
CHD 350  Family and Community Collab. and Partnerships 3
ELE 301  Literacy Foundations I: Lang. Arts*  3
ELE 302  Literacy Foundations II: Reading*  3
ELE 331  Teaching Social Studies K-4* 3
Elective #2 3
Sixth Semester 15
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Exp.* 3
EDU 333  Technology for Teach. Learn. 3
ELE 311  Teaching Math K-4*
ELE 321  Teaching Science K-4* 3
Elective #3 3
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy for Teach.*
EDU 350  Supporting English Lang. Learners 3
EDU 375  Intro to Integrated STEM Ed. 3
ELE 411  Field Experience K-4* 3
ESP 412  EBP for PreK-8 Inclusion* 3
Eighth Semester 12
ELE 461  Student Teaching and School Law* 12
Total 121

Program Notes

  • Course titles in bold indicate a block of courses that are scheduled together and must be taken at the same time.
  • Courses marked with an asterisk require admission to Teacher Education before registration. 
  • All courses required for certification must earn C or better.
  • CHD 200 and ELE 220 require current clearances and minimum 2.0 GPA to register for courses.
  • ALL other EDU, ELE, ESP and CHD courses require current clearances and minimum 2.5 GPA to register for courses.
  • Candidates must follow policies for admission to Teacher Education as stated in the Teacher Education Handbook.
  • Pre-requisite for all courses marked with an asterisk (*) is admission to Teacher Education.
  • Pre-requisites for ELE 221 and all 300-level ELE and CHD courses are ELE 200 and ELE 220.
  • State licensure exams must be passed before Student Teaching.
  • Current clearances are required prior to enrolling in program courses.

Approved British or American Literature Courses

  • ENG 107  Introduction to Fiction
  • ENG 125  The American West
  • ENG 127  Woman as Hero
  • ENG 148  Horror in Literature
  • ENG 150  Baseball in Literature
  • ENG 155  Black Literature                                         
  • ENG 160  Introduction to British and American Literature
  • ENG 203  Great Books
  • ENG 301  English Literature I (pre-requisites ENG 101, 102)
  • ENG 302  English Literature II (pre-requisites ENG 101, 102)                
  • ENG 337  Survey of American Literature I (pre-requisite ENG 102)
  • ENG 338  Survey of American Literature II (pre-requisite ENG 102)
  • HON 250  Honors Comp II (pre-requisite HON 150)

Accelerated Bachelor's-to-Master's Program

Accelerated bachelor's-to-master's programs are also available to undergraduate students who qualify, including:

  • B.S.Ed. in Grades PreK-4 Education to M.Ed. in Reading Specialist
  • B.S.Ed. in Grades PreK-4 Education to M.Ed. in Integrative STEM Education K-12

Curriculum requirements are listed under the "Accelerated Programs" section of this catalog.

Additional Requirements

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. 

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