Why Major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education?
A bachelor of science degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education prepares undergraduate teacher candidates to earn Pennsylvania level I certification to teach in preschool to fourth-grade public school classrooms.
The Elementary and Early Childhood Education teaching option at Penn State Altoona is designed to support the development of teachers of young learners through fourth grade. This program views education as much larger than standards or performance-based assessments and is designed from research on teaching and teacher education. At Penn State Altoona, we see teaching and learning as a process of collaboration among faculty, teachers, students, parents, and communities. We seek to prepare teacher leaders and advocates, not only for children and schools but also for the profession of teaching.
As a student in this program, you will work closely with faculty who are leaders in teacher education and education research, and experience high-quality mentoring and supervision in classroom/school field experiences. We coordinate in-depth observation and teaching experiences with our partner schools in order to provide you with as many hands-on experiences in PK-4 classrooms as possible during your four-year program.
Create Your Professional Identity
Penn State Altoona offers teacher candidates many opportunities to build their professional identity, develop leadership skills, and cultivate their passion and advocacy for children and schools. Students in the program will complete multiple, local, internships throughout different years. They will work with high-quality mentor teachers to observe teaching, apply proven methods and strategies, and collaborate with administrators and other professional colleagues.
Penn State Altoona education majors may also join the college’s award-winning and nationally recognized chapter of Kappa Delta Pi (KDP), an international honor society in education, and our student PSEA group. Both groups actively engage with local children, schools, and community resource centers.