Education

Degree Requirements

Education Studies

Since 1904, Susquehanna University has prepared liberal arts students for teaching careers. In the teacher education program, students master professional knowledge and skills necessary for state certification and for developing successful and rewarding careers in education.

Upon completion of the education program, students will have learned to:

  • Design instruction and prepare for all aspects of managing a classroom;
  • Instruct students and assess their learning;
  • Maintain a classroom environment that is welcoming, respectful and productive; and
  • Fulfill other professional responsibilities.

Learning goals:

  • Understand how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
  • Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills.
  • Create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  • Prepare and plan instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, curriculum goals, and formal and informal assessment strategies.
  • Include every student—accommodating, adapting and/or differentiating instruction as appropriate, considering readiness, history, interests, achievement and learning styles; cultural, racial, social and ethnic affiliations; and exceptional needs and abilities.
  • Use effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interactions in the classroom.
  • Function effectively within community-wide systems of education.
  • Evaluate the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents and other professionals in the learning community) through ongoing reflective practice and actively seek opportunities to grow professionally.

Teacher Certification. The Susquehanna University Department of Education offers the following programs for teacher certification approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education:

  • Early childhood education (preK-4)
  • Secondary (7-12) and (K-12) in areas listed below under Majors Approved for Teaching Certification
  • Music education (K-12). See the Music Department for information about this program.

The Elementary Education Major. Students taking the course of studies necessary to gain one of the Pennsylvania teaching certificates for the elementary grades will major in elementary education. This major combines courses in various disciplines with teacher education courses, including student teaching.

Early Childhood Certification. Students who enter SU's elementary education program will earn a bachelor's degree in elementary education and prepare for preK-4 certification.

Middle Grades Certification. At this time, SU does not offer a program for middle-grades certification (grades 4-8).

Secondary Certification. Students who earn certification in secondary education must major in the subject they will teach. They earn a teaching certification in grades 7-12 by completing the teacher education program, which includes student teaching in the spring semester of the senior year. Courses required for the secondary teacher education program are listed below.

The Teacher Intern Program is a route to certification for those who have a bachelor's degree in an approved major. It is an option for students who do not complete certification requirements as undergraduates, including those who decide to pursue teaching late in their undergraduate program. For information about the program, contact the director of the Teacher Intern Program in the Susquehanna education department office or see the department's website.

Majors Approved for Teaching Certification:

Major

Teaching Certification

Communications

Communications (7-12)

Communications/

Journalism Track

Communications (7-12)

Elementary Education

Early Childhood (preK-4)

English

English (7-12)

Creative Writing

English (7-12)

Spanish

Spanish (K-12)

French

French (K-12)

German

German (K-12)

Mathematics

Mathematics (7-12)

Music Education

Music Education (K-12)

Biology

Biology, General Science (7-12)

Chemistry

Chemistry, General Science (7-12)

Physics

Physics, General Science (7-12)

Biochemistry

General Science (7-12)

Psychology

Social Studies (7-12)

Sociology/Anthropology

Social Studies (7-12)

History

Citizenship Education,
Social Studies (7-12)

Political Science

Citizenship Education,
Social Studies (7-12)

(Some certifications, such as social studies, and some majors, such as biology, may require extra coursework because of state or university requirements.)

Certification Requirements. To qualify for teaching certification in Pennsylvania, students must complete a bachelor’s degree in the appropriate major with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. They must also complete an accredited teacher education program, such as that offered by Susquehanna University, and pass the PAPA, PECT and/or Praxis tests required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). More detailed information about these and other certification requirements is available on the PDE website.

Declaring Interest in Education. Students who wish to pursue early childhood, K-12 or secondary education certification should notify their academic adviser and the head of the education department when they make that decision. They should also inform the Office of the Registrar by completing the Declaration of Academic Program form, available in that office.

Applying to the Teacher Education Program. PDE requires that education students apply and be admitted to a teacher education program before student teaching. The application packet is available through the education department's website and in the education department office in Seibert Hall. Students may apply for admission to the teacher education program as early as the spring semester of their sophomore year if all requirements have been met. Students must apply and be admitted no later than the second semester of their junior year.

Requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program

  • Completion of at least 48 credit hours of coursework, including three semester hours of English composition, three semester hours of English/American literature and six semester hours of college-level mathematics;
  • Successful completion of EDUC:101 Introduction to Education and Society;
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.00 or a cumulative GPA of 2.80 and successful completion of PAPA examinations;
  • Completion of one 40-hour externship (see below), with completed forms returned to the education department;
  • Current Act 24, Act 34, Act 151 and Act 114 (FBI) clearances;
  • Two reference forms completed by Susquehanna University faculty; and
  • A completed application form.

Externship. An externship consists of 40 hours in a school for observing and aiding in classrooms and other areas of the school, conducting staff interviews, etc. Applicants must complete an externship prior to admission to the education program. Externship information and forms can be obtained from the education department office or the education department website.

Student Teaching. Student teaching usually occurs in the spring semester of the senior year. To participate in student teaching, students must already be admitted to the teacher education program. Students must also have current TB test results and clearances through Act 24, Act 34, Act 151 and Act 114. Student teachers must have completed all courses required for the major and all education courses except the student teaching block. Students should not take any additional courses during student teaching without written permission from the head of the education department.

Professional Conduct. The education department faculty reserves the right to make a judgment on the suitability of students for professional teaching practice. Practicum students (those in the schools observing and/or aiding a teacher) and student teachers must follow the policies of the host school district. Practicum students and student teachers are held to a professional standard of behavior as specified by the Pennsylvania Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators and will be removed from a school site by a building administrator for unprofessional conduct. A student asked to leave a school site may be assigned academic work outside of student teaching to complete the credits needed for graduation. Grades will be assigned by the education department faculty based on the work completed and evaluations from Susquehanna faculty and the cooperating teachers.

Departmental Honors. Departmental honors may be awarded to elementary education majors who meet the following criteria:

  • Overall GPA of 3.50 and GPA of 3.50 or higher in education courses;
  • Completion of early childhood education program for graduation;
  • Submission of a formal application for honors to the education faculty by the second Friday of September of the senior academic year and before implementation of the research project;
  • Acceptance of the application by the education faculty committee;
  • Selection of an honors adviser from the education faculty;
  • Development, in consultation with the selected adviser, of a proposal to execute, interpret and report on the individual research project;
  • Approval by the education faculty committee of the project proposal;
  • Enrollment in EDUC:601 Independent Study (1–4 semester hours);
  • Completion of the research project and a public presentation of results;
  • Submission of a final written report on the project to the honors adviser on or before the last day of classes for the semester of graduation; and
  • Determination of honors status by the education faculty based on student performance.

Education Honor Society. Susquehanna University has a chapter of the international education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi. Education students with a GPA of 3.40 or higher who qualify for admittance to the teacher education program will be invited to apply for membership.

Education Course Requirements

Please note: Elementary, K-12 and secondary education students are required to include the following courses in their certification program:

EDUC:260 Introduction to Special Education (4 SH)

EDUC:270 Instruction of Exceptional Students (4 SH)

EDUC:350 English Language Learners (4 SH)

The exception to this rule is that music education students must follow requirements of the music education curriculum, which may allocate this content to different courses.

Early Childhood (preK-4) Course Requirements. Candidates for an early childhood (preK-4) teaching certificate must complete university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following required courses for a Bachelor of Science in elementary education:

semester hours

12

Coursework required by PDE for admission to the teacher education program:

 

3

semester hours of English composition

 

3

semester hours of English/American literature

 

6

semester hours of college-level mathematics (100 level or higher) (Please note that PDE's requirement for 2 semester hours of math beyond Susquehanna's Central Curriculum may be met by any math course that has a math prefix and a course number of 100 or higher. It may be taken at any accredited institution of higher education and does not have to be accepted by Susquehanna as a transfer course.)

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Education courses taken before student teaching:

 

2

EDUC:101 Introduction to Education and Society

 

2

EDUC:102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

 

4

EDUC:240 Cognition and Classroom Learning: Early Childhood

 

4

EDUC:260 Introduction to Special Education

 

4

EDUC:270 Instruction of Exceptional Students

 

4

EDUC:300 Arts in Education

 

4

EDUC:310 Math Methods: Pre-school

 

4

EDUC:311 Math Methods: Primary Grades

 

4

EDUC:330 Technology in Education

 

4

EDUC:350 English Language Learners

 

4

EDUC:365 Pre-school Language and Emergent Literacy

 

4

EDUC:366 Primary Literacy Development

 

4

EDUC:367 Literacy Assessment and Intervention

 

4

EDUC:380 Instructional Design

 

2

EDUC:389 Assessment

 

4

EDUC:400 Social Studies Methods: Early Childhood

 

2

EDUC:410 Family and Community

 

4

EDUC:430 Science Methods: Early Childhood

 

4

EDUC:490 Pedagogy and Classroom Environment

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Cognate courses (some may also satisfy university Central Curriculum requirements):

 

4

PSYC:101 Principles of Psychology

 

4

PSYC:238 Developmental Psychology: Conception through Childhood

 

4

HIST:111 United States History to 1877 or HIST:112 United States History Since 1877

 

4

INTD:320 The Sciences

14

Student teaching courses taken during the spring semester of the senior year (students may not enroll in other courses during this semester without written permission from the head of the Department of Education):

 

4

EDUC:501 Preparation and Planning

 

4

EDUC:502 Classroom Teaching

 

4

EDUC:503 Classroom Management

 

2

EDUC:600 Seminar

Secondary Education (7-12) Course Requirements. Candidates for a secondary teaching credential must major in an approved subject, meet all of the university’s requirements for a bachelor’s degree in that subject (see that department’s section of the catalog) and complete the required courses listed below. All courses required for secondary teacher certification must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

semester hours

12

Coursework required by PDE for admission to the teacher education program:

 

3

semester hours of English composition

 

3

semester hours of English/American literature

 

6

semester hours of college-level mathematics (Please note that PDE's requirement for 2 semester hours of math beyond Susquehanna's Central Curriculum may be met by any math course that has a math prefix and a course number of 100 or higher. It may be taken at any accredited institution of higher education and does not have to be accepted by Susquehanna as a transfer course.)

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Education courses taken before the senior year:

 

2

EDUC:101 Introduction to Education and Society

 

2

EDUC:102 Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education

 

4

EDUC:250 Educational Psychology

 

4

EDUC: 260 Introduction to Special Education

 

4

EDUC: 270 Instruction of Exceptional Students

 

4

EDUC: 350 English Language Learners

 

2

EDUC:380 Instructional Design

 

2

EDUC:330 Technology in Education

8

Education courses taken during the fall semester of the senior year (the secondary methods block):

 

4

EDUC:479 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Secondary Education

 

2

EDUC:420-427 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

 

2

EDUC:483 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Education

14

Student teaching courses taken during the spring semester of the senior year (students may not enroll in other courses during this semester):

 

4

EDUC:501 Preparation and Planning

 

4

EDUC:502 Classroom Teaching

 

4

EDUC:503 Classroom Management

 

2

EDUC:600 Seminar



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