Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Description of the major
Students successfully completing this major will have met all the requirements and are eligible to apply for the PK-4, Instructional 1 certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Teachers make collective and individual decisions about life in classrooms in order to help students to develop as active, knowledgeable citizens of a multicultural world. These decisions are based on teachers' understandings of themselves, their students, human development and diversity, subject matter, educational theory, curricular design, instructional method, federal, state and institutional regulations, and political, social and moral relationships between education and community and world affairs. Teachers develop their understanding continuously through systematic intensive inquiry into these matters involving problem posing, data gathering through educational literature, product analysis, observation and discussion, probing, the historical conditions which yielded the present circumstances surrounding these matters, and acting on this new knowledge. That is, teachers demonstrate the power of education for their students and society by constructing reflective practice from the intellectual and practical sides of their responsibilities in and out of schools.