Education Course Requirements

Please note: All elementary, K-12 and secondary education students graduating in 2014 or later are required to include the following courses in their certification program:

EDUC:260 Introduction to Special Education (4SH)

EDUC:270 Instruction of Exceptional Students (4SH)

EDUC:350 English Language Learners (4SH)

Music education students must follow requirements of the music education curriculum, which may allocate this content to different courses.

Elementary Education (K-6) Course Requirements. The elementary education (K-6) certification and (K-6) plus early childhood certification will not be available from PDE after August 2013. Students wishing this type of Pennsylvania certification must complete their studies and student teaching and apply for certification before that date. Replacing it will be an early childhood (preK-4) certification (see below).

Candidates for a teaching certification in elementary (K–6) or elementary (K-6) with early childhood emphasis 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

 

 

Please note that PDE's requirement for two 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:250 Educational Psychology or EDUC:240 Cognition and Classroom Learning

 

4

EDUC:300 Arts in Education

 

4

EDUC:374 Methods of Mathematics Instruction

 

4

EDUC:375 Literacy I: Building Blocks for Teaching Literacy

 

4

EDUC:377 Literacy II: Assessment, Intervention and Instruction for the Elementary Classroom

 

2

EDUC:380 Instructional Design

 

2

EDUC:330 Technology in Education

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Cognate Course Requirements (some of these courses may also satisfy university Central Curriculum requirements)

 

4

U.S. History : HIST:111, HIST:112 or HIST:313

 

4

Public Speaking: COMM:192

 

4

American Government: POLI:111 or POLI:216

 

4

Psychology: PSYC:101

 

4

Geography: EDUC:202 or ANTH:162

 

4-8

Science: Students may meet the science requirement in one of the following ways:

1) by taking INTD:320 alone

2) by taking INTD:320 and one course from either group A or B below

3) by taking two different courses, one from group A and one from group B below

(A) BIOL:010, BIOL:101, HONS:250 or ECOL:100

(B) EENV:101, EENV:102, EENV:103, EENV:104, EENV:213 or ECOL:100

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Concentration or minor courses:

A concentration consists of at least 24 semester hours completed with a grade of C- or better in a liberal arts major or interdisciplinary program. Course levels in a concentration must be no lower than: two at the 100 level, three at the 200 level and one at the 300 level.

Requirements for a minor are explained in the university catalog in the sections for each academic department. Students may also minor in interdisciplinary programs listed in the catalog.

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Education courses taken during the fall semester of the senior year (these constitute the elementary methods block):

 

4

EDUC:476 Principles of Learning and Teaching in Elementary Education

 

2

EDUC:482 Differentiated Instruction and Classroom Management for Elementary Education

 

4

EDUC:481 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Education

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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 Education Department):

 

4

EDUC:501 Preparation and Planning

 

4

EDUC:502 Classroom Teaching

 

4

EDUC:503 Classroom Management

 

2

EDUC:600 Seminar

Early Childhood Education Course Requirements. This is the K-6 version of early childhood certification (see below for the new preK-4 version). The K-6 early childhood emphasis allows students in the elementary (K-6) program to obtain dual certification in elementary and early childhood education (this dual certification will not be available after August 2013). To earn dual certification, students must complete the requirements listed above for elementary education (K-6) plus the following:

semester hours

4

EDUC:384 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

4

EDUC:485 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

4

PSYC:238 Developmental Psychology: Conception Through Childhood

Early Childhood (preK-4) Course Requirements. The new early childhood (preK-4) certification replaces the elementary (K-6) certification and the elementary (K-6) certification with early childhood emphasis. 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 two 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

 

4

EDUC:389 Assessment

 

4

EDUC:400 Social Studies Methods: Early Childhood

 

4

EDUC:410 Family and Community

 

4

EDUC:430 Science Methods: Early Childhood

 

4

EDUC:490 Pedagogy and Classroom Environment

12

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. Please note that all education students graduating in 2014 and later must add EDUC:260, EDUC:270 and EDUC:350 to the following list of requirements. (Music education majors should consult the Department of Music requirements.) 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 two 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.)

12

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

 

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