Early Level Education Pre K-4 - BS

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  • “Small classes allowed me to speak with my professors and really get to know the people in my major.”

    Rubie Nelson of Shrewsbury, PA, 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in early level education

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    Program Contact: Dr. Donna Dombek

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    Were you the kid who always wanted to play school? You'd pretend to be the teacher while your friends were your students? You're not alone. You're one of the reasons we offer an elementary education major.

    In our elementary education program, you'll observe classrooms. You'll study learning styles. You'll learn how to manage a classroom. You'll host elementary schoolchildren at events on campus. You'll explore the needs of exceptional children. And, before you graduate, you'll student teach. Yes, you'll be the teacher.

    Then, with your degree in elementary education and your teaching certificate, you'll be ready to be an elementary school teacher. Only this time, it will be for real.

    See what you can do with a major in Early Level Education. Suggested 4-year plan of study.


    Degree Requirements



    General Education Program Requirements and Requirements-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.


    You need to formally apply to be admitted to the teacher certification program after you complete 48 credits.

    Requirements for admission include successfully passing the appropriate basic skills assessments, maintaining a 3.0 overall GPA and receiving no lower than a C- in any course required in the major.  Three letters of recommendation as well as a Career Goals Statement are part of the application process. Admission to the program does not guarantee certification but the program is designed to help teacher candidates meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education teacher certification requirements. 

    For more information about admission requirements, please see the Teacher Education website

    Armstrong Donna

    Dr. Donna Dombek


    Director of Education Program, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Early Level Education


    151 Swarts Hall

    Brinda Wayne

    Dr. Wayne Brinda


    Associate Professor of Education and Coordinator of Secondary Education


    150 Swarts Hall

    Chitiyo, Jonathan

    Dr. Jonathan Chitiyo


    Assistant Professor of Special Education


    149 Swarts Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Pre-kindergarten teacher, Elk Ridge Elementary School, Buckley, WA
    • Teacher, Brockway Area School District, Brockway, PA
    • Elementary librarian, Otto-Eldred School District Eldred, PA
    • Fifth-grade teacher, Charles E. Boger Elementary, Concord, NC
    • Fourth grade teacher, Smith Station School District, Fredericksburg, VA
    • Kindergarten teacher in Somerset School District, Somerset, PA
    • First-grade teacher, George G. Blaisdell Elementary School, Bradford, Pa
    • Pre-K teacher, Charlotte DeHart Elementary School, Winchester, VA 
    • First-grade teacher, r. Homer Andrews Elementary School, Burlington, NC
    • First grade teacher, Discovery School, Glendale, AZ