2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S.Ed. in Grades Pre-K-4 Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Education in Grades Pre-K-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).


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I
Health and Wellness
CHD 250  Health and Physical Education for PreK-Grade 4
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology for Teaching and Learning
ESP 210  Special Education Foundations and Collaboration
Fine Arts
Approved Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Approved Natural Sciences Course with Lab
3 or 4
Social Sciences
GEO 102  Geographic Systems for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  POS 102  American Government for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  ECO 102  Economics for Elementary Education (1 credit)
Ethics and Multicultural Emphasis 
CHD 350  Family and Community Collaborations
General Education Options
  • MAT 130  Elementary Topics II
  • Approved British/American Lit Course (see program notes)
  • HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877
Required Major Courses 60
CHD 200  Intro to PreK-Grade 8 Education 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
ELE 300  Emergent Literacy 3
ELE 301  Literacy Foundations I: Lang Arts* 3
ELE 302  Literacy Foundations II: Reading* 3
ELE 310  Teaching PreK STEAM 3
ELE 311  Teaching Math K-4* 3
CHD 312  Leadership and Advocacy in Childhood Ed 3
ELE 321  Teaching Science K-4* 3
ELE 331  Teaching Social Studies K-4* 3
EDU 375  Introduction to Integrated STEM Education 3
ELE 410  PreK-4 Field Experience 3
ELE 411  K-4 Field Experience*  3
CHD 413  Content Area Literacy Field Experience*
CHD 450  Assessment and Data Literacy* 3
ELM 461  Student Teaching and School Law* 12
Required Related Courses 12
ESP 311  Assessment and Positive Behavior Interventions 3
ESP 412  Evidence Based Practices* 3
PSY 205  Child Psychology 3
PSY 208  Educational Psychology 3
Free Electives 9
Total 121

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): ELE 461 Student Teaching PreK-Grade 4
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): ELE 410 PreK-4 Field Experience AND ELE 411 K-4 Field Experience
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Approved Natural Sciences Course with Lab

* Pre-requisite for all courses marked with an asterisk is Admission to Teacher Education.

Program Notes:

  • 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-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 American/British Literature Courses are: ENG 107, 125, 127, 148, 150, 155, 160, 203, 301, 302, 337, 338 and HON 250. (HON 250 has a pre-requisite of HON 150; the 300-level ENG courses have pre-requisites of ENG 101 and 102.)

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 Pre-K-4 Education to M.Ed. in Reading Specialist
  • B.S.Ed. in Grades Pre-K-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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