With the new English as a second language program specialist certification, you can gain the experience and expertise to support English language learners. The special education certification will prepare you to work with students with special needs.
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Make a difference that lasts a lifetime
Preschool to fourth grade are crucial years for children. You can be the teacher who inspires and guides them.
Our early childhood education program will grow your teaching skills with courses in education theory and practice. Study history, geography, science, math, language arts, literature and music—all subjects you'll incorporate in your classroom.
Add a certification in English as a second language (ESL) programming or special education to make yourself even more marketable.
In your first weeks at Susquehanna, you'll have rich, real-world academic experiences in area classrooms—through classroom observations, one-on-one tutoring, small group instruction and more.
Our award-winning Global Opportunities program in Chester, England, gives you international classroom experience that will make your résumé shine.
You'll start your senior year of student teaching with more than 150 hours of classroom experience.
Lead a classroom with confidence
We've been training quality teachers since 1904. We know how to help you find a position out of the gate. Nearly all of our graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within six months of graduation.
Our graduates teach at all levels—from preschool to higher education—and all over the world.
We make sure you have the skill and cultural competence to work with students from all backgrounds, so you'll be comfortable in your classroom no matter where you land.
Recent graduates are employed at:
Abington School District, Abington, Pa.
Academy Primary School, Montgomery County, Md.
Academy of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, N.J.
Accomack County School District, Accomac, Va.
Alamance-Burlington School System, Burlington, N.C.
Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore
Beginnings Learning Center, Philadelphia, Pa.
Bound Brook School District, Bound Brook, N.J.
Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, Va.
Danbury Public Schools, Danbury, Conn.
Danville Area School District, Danville, Pa.
Diocese of Scranton, Scranton, Pa.
Eugenia Maria de Hostos Charter School, Philadelphia, Pa.
James W. Smith Elementary School, Cove City, N.C.
Lewisburg Area School District, Lewisburg, Pa.
Livingston Public Schools, Livingston, N.J.
Lower Kuskokwim School District, Quinhagak, Alaska
Loyalsock School District, Williamsport, Pa.
Manhattan School for Children, New York City
Manheim Township School District, Manheim Township, Pa.
Midd-West School District, Middleburg/Beaver Springs, Pa.
Otto Eldred School District, Duke Center, Pa.
Palisades School District, Bucks County, Pa.
River Ridge Academy, Bluffton, S.C.
Selinsgrove Area School District, Selinsgrove, Pa.
Shamokin Area School District, Shamokin, Pa.
Sirindhorn School, Mueang Surin, Thailand
Somerset Hills Learning Institute, Bedminster, N.J.
Sprague School District, Baltic, Conn.
Stafford County Public Schools, Stafford County, Va.
St. Michael the Archangel School, Coopersburg, Pa.
Success Academy Charter School, South Bronx, N.Y.
Teach for America
Warrior Run School District, Watsontown, Pa.
Wellsboro Montessori Children's Center, Wellsboro, Pa.
Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:
Bank Street College of Education, New York City
Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa.
King's College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia
Touro College of Education, New York City
University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Baltimore
University of Virginia, Richmond, Va.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.
West Chester University, West Chester, Pa.
Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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: Theory and Instruction (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. EDUC-290 will be taken in place of EDUC-270 by Elementary (ECE) students who elect to complete the Special Education Dual Certification.
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:
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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.)
68 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 Children|
|4 EDUC-300 Arts in Education|
|4 EDUC-310 Math Methods: Pre-school|
|4 EDUC-311 Math Foundations: Primary Grades|
|4 EDUC-330 Technology in Education|
|4 EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction|
|4 EDUC-365 Pre-school Language and Emergent Literacy|
|4 EDUC-366 Primary Literacy Development|
|4 EDUC-367 Literacy Assessment and Interventions|
|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|
16 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 INTD-320 The Sciences|
4 United States History (HIST-111, HIST-112 or HIST-115)
|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|
|4 EDUC-600 Seminar|
Forging Partnerships for Teaching and Learning
Teacher candidates possess a foundation in liberal arts that supports and enhances studies and experiences about educational theory, research, collaboration, reflection and professional development. Current trends, best practices and performance assessment are inherent in the program design. Academic standards of basic education, program licensure standards, performance standards and the code of professional conduct are embedded in regulation, educational research and professional practice. The Education Department encourages the on-going participation of the educational community in program planning and evaluation in support of the conceptual framework for teaching that includes preparation and planning, classroom environment, instruction and professional responsibilities.
In support of this we are committed to:
- Honoring and supporting each child
- Developing learning communities
- Exploring career paths and educational opportunities
- Collaborating with all stakeholders
- Modeling reflective teaching, decision making, and leadership
- Advancing integrated instructional technology
- Articulating high expectations for all children
- Celebrating diversity
ESL Program Specialist dual certification
In response to the significant need for well-trained ESL and mainstream teachers, Susquehanna's ESL certificate program offers a set of four challenging and practical courses that prepare teachers to work effectively with English Language Learners (ELLs) PreK-12.
Through this program, students develop a foundation in English usage, linguistic awareness and second language acquisition. They also learn to adapt and develop instructional materials for ELL students, to administer and interpret a variety of formative and summative assessments, to become knowledgeable about support services for ELLs, and to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Because each course includes fieldwork, students have frequent opportunities to teach ELLs throughout the program, immediately applying newly-learned concepts and skills.
Prerequisite: A- or higher in EDUC 350: English Language Learners required to begin ECE/ESL coursework.
- LANG 360—Intro. to Second Language Acquisition
- EDUC 440—ELL Lang. and Literacy Development
- EDUC 441—Contexts for Teaching and Learning Language
- EDUC 442—Foundations of Language Teaching
Special Education dual certification
Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood program, the four courses specific to the special education certification, and student teaching that includes a placement in a special education classroom, teacher candidates will be eligible to apply for the special education (PreK-8) certification in addition to their early childhood education (PreK-4) certification.
Prerequisite: B+ or higher in all Education courses required to begin ECE/SPLED coursework
- EDUC 290—Instruction: Mild Disabilities
- EDUC 320—Instruction: Moderate & Severe Disabilities
- EDUC 340—Behavioral Interventions
- EDUC 414—Assessment in Special Ed.
Susquehanna University has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide the Teacher Intern Program. This program invites holders of baccalaureate degrees to gain teaching certificates by completing professional education courses at an approved Pennsylvania college or university. Once accepted into the program, candidates may earn a salary and education credits while teaching under supervision.Read More