2021-2022 Academic Catalog

B.S. in Professional Studies in Education

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in Education degree is designed for students who are interested in education but who are not seeking Pennsylvania teaching certification. Coursework develops skills and knowledge relevant to working with young children, and students gain hands-on experience through internships. 

Delivery Mode

Traditional (on campus)


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I (or any approved Comp menu course)
Public Speaking
EDU 350  Supporting English Language Learners (or any approved Public Speaking menu course)
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 120  Elementary Topics I (or any approved Math and QL menu course)
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
EDU 333  Technology in Teaching and Learning (or any approved Tech Lit menu course)
ESP 210  Special Education Foundation and Collaboration (or any approved Humanities menu course)
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Select one of the following:
  • PHS 120  Basic Physical Science 
  • PHS 137  Environmental Chemistry 
  • PHY 101  College Physics 
  • EAS 100  Intro to Earth Sciences
  • GLG 150  Intro to Geology
  • CHE 101  General Chemistry
  • Any approved Natural Sciences menu course with lab 
3 or 4
Social Sciences
GEO 102  Geographic Systems (1 credit)  AND  POS 102  American Government for Elementary Education (1 credit)  AND  ECO 102  Economics for Elementary Education (1 credit) (or any approved Social Sciences menu course)
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis
CHD 350  Family and Community Collab. Part.
General Education Options
  • Approved American/British Literature Course
  • MAT 130  Elementary Topics II (or any approved Math and QL menu course)
  • HIS 101  U.S. History to 1877  OR  HIS 102  U.S. History since 1877 (or any approved History menu course)
Required Major Courses 30
PSE 200  Intro to Professional Studies in Education 3
ELE 220  Instruction and Assessment in PreK 3
ELE 221  Instruction and Assessment in K-4 3
CHD 250  Health and Physical Education Methods for PreK-Grade 4 3
ELE 300  Emerging Literacy 3
ELE 310  Teaching PreK STEAM 3
CHD 312  Instructional Leadership in Childhood Ed. 3
ELE 410  Field Experience PreK-4 3
CHD 322  Professional Education Internship (x2) 6
Minor Courses* 18 to 24
Free Electives 23 to 32
Total 120 or 121

Additional requirements not counted toward the General Education requirements and included in this program are:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): CHD 322 Professional Education Internship
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): ELE 410 Field Experience PreK-4 AND CHD 322 Professional Education Internship
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Approved Natural Science Course with Lab

* In consultation with your adviser, choose one minor from the university approved minors list.

Program Notes: 

  • The following courses need a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher to pass: MAT 120, MAT 130, ENG 101, Am/Brit Lit course and all ELE, CHD or ESP courses.
  • PSE 200 requires a 2.0 GPA and current clearances. CHD/ELE 200 and ELE 220 require a 2.0 GPA and current clearances; all other ELE, CHD and ESP courses require current clearances and a minimum 2.5 GPA to register.
  • 40% of courses (16 courses) must be 300 to 400 level.
  • At least one minor must be selected.
  • Internship application, training and guidelines must be completed a semester in advance of registration.
  • Internship: must take at least two 3-credit internships. Can repeat up to 12 credits. Consult your dept. adviser.
  • Approved American/British literature courses: 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. in Professional Studies in Education to M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • B.S. in Professional Studies in Education to M.Ed. in School Counseling

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

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