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    Education, K-12


    Students who are passionate about teaching art, business computer and information technology, Chinese, environmental science, French or Spanish to students ranging from kindergarten to high school, will find this certification is perfect for them. 

    Candidates will be able to:

    • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of content and pedagogical skills in planning and preparation.
    • Establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment for learning.
    • Recognize research trends, preferred teaching styles, and desired learning outcomes
    • Use a variety of instructional strategies to engage K-12 students
    • Address instructional needs of ESL and special needs students within the regular classroom setting
    • Show evidence of effective classroom management skills
    • Employ effective instructional technologies
    • Exhibit professionalism in all aspects that occur both in and beyond the classroom
    • Abide by the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

    Requirement for K-12 Certification
    In addition to the courses listed below, candidates must satisfy the requirements for a major in an academic degree program related to their area of certification and have a minimum of six (6) credits in English [one (1) composition, one (1) literature] and six (6) credits in college mathematics (100-level or above).

    Courses in psychology (12 credits)
    PY 115 Educational Psychology* - 3 credits
    PY 214 Adolescent Psychology* - 3 credits
    PY 290 Psychology/Education of the Exceptional Student - 3 credits
    PY 381 Educational Testing - 3 credits

    Courses in basic pedagogy (16 credits)
    ED 100 Foundations of Education* - 3 credits
    ED 205 Strategies and Techniques of Instruction - 2 credits
    ED 208 Classroom Partnerships and Inclusion - 3 credits
    ED 220 Academic Intervention and Differentiation in the Content Areas - 2 credits
    ED 300-306 Teaching in the Content Area (discipline area) - 3 credits
    ED 390 Teaching Nonnative and Culturally Diverse Students - 3 credits

    Field experiences (17 credits)
    ED 103 Field Experience I: K-12 and Secondary** - 1 credit
    ED 206 Field Experience II: Strategies and Techniques of Instruction - 1 credit
    ED 322 Field Experience III: K-12 and Secondary Instruction and Theory - 1 credit
    ED 400 Field Experience IV: Pre-Student Teaching Practicum - 2 credits
    ED 410 Field Experience V: Student Teaching Internship  - 8 credits
    ED 411 Professional Seminar - 3 credits

    Education courses required specifically for secondary Social Studies
    ED 109 Physical and Cultural Geography* - 3 credits 

    *Also fulfills Core Curriculum requirements.
    **ED 207 (Practicum in Education I) may be substituted for ED 103


     K-12 Certification Content Majors:
    Chinese Language and Culture Minor with History Major
    Art
    Spanish
    French
    Environmental Education
    Business, Computer and Tech