Shaping young lives, warming all hearts

It takes a certain kind of person to teach small children. Some consider it a calling, but to become a true educator takes more than just feeling charmed when a child enters the room. If you have a passion for understanding child development, if you’re fascinated by how children of different ages think, learn and experience the world, if you believe that all children should receive the teaching, respect and care that they need to thrive, then early childhood education at Susquehanna University is for you.

At Susquehanna, you’ll have abundant opportunities to enter elementary school classrooms, put your learning to practical use and start making a difference right away. Under the supervision of your experienced and caring professors, you will design lessons, create interactive multimedia assignments and harness children’s playful curiosity to help them grow. These unforgettable, real-world experiences will shape the course of your life as an educator.

Because you will be learning and growing too, Susquehanna provides opportunities for you to develop your unique talents and interests in a myriad of ways. You can minor in second-language learning within the department of education or branch out across campus to pick up one of the dozens of other minors. Whatever your interests, you will gain the classroom experience you will need to achieve excellence in the education of our youngest learners.

of seniors complete a supervised research project analyzing their own practice
of students receive student teaching placements in both a preschool and early elementary setting

The teacher is in

Kathryn Olson ’23 participated in the Memphis Teacher Residency program, which she describes as the “biggest blessing” and will return to Tennessee to teach language arts in Nashville after graduation.

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“Through engaging coursework and a variety of practical field experiences, Susquehanna education majors acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for effective teaching and school leadership.”

David McLaughlin, department head

Potential Careers

  • School administrator
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Preschool teacher
  • Education liaison
  • International school teacher

Recent Employers

  • New York Department of Education
  • Wahiawa Elementary School, Hawaii
  • Allen W. Roberts Elementary School, New Jersey
  • Lewisburg Area School District, Pennsylvania
  • Danville Area School District, Pennsylvania

Average Salary


2021 median pay for elementary school teachers

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Taking lessons across the pond

Broaden your teaching horizons by taking advantage of Susquehanna’s Global Opportunities Chester education program in collaboration with  the University of Chester in northwest England, near Wales, which you will also visit during your time in the UK.

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Studying for a Degree in Early Childhood Education

Explore the courses you’ll take on your journey to earning a degree in early childhood education at Susquehanna.

Explore other programs and opportunities

See the full list of related programs on the School of Humanities page.


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Valerie Allison, interim department head

Sara Wenrich, education department coordinator