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Inspire the future

That's the job of a great educator. And we will give you the tools to get you there.

Our curriculum will prepare you for certification in these areas:

Creative Writing
Music Education
Political Science
Teaching Certification
English (7-12)
English (7-12)
Spanish (PreK-12)
French (PreK-12)
German (PreK-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Music Education (7-12)
Biology, General Science (7-12)
Chemistry, General Science (7-12)
Physics, General Science (7-12)
General Science (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Citizenship Education, Social Studies (7-12)
Citizenship Education, Social Studies (7-12)

Interested in STEM? We received a $1.2 million grant to fund special scholarships for students interested in teaching chemistry, physics and math in high-need school districts.

You'll be in a classroom early and often-doing 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 resume shine. Add a certification in English as a second language (ESL) programming to make yourself even more marketable.

You'll start your senior year of student teaching with more than 150 hours of classroom experience.

The classroom is calling you

We've been training quality teachers since 1904. We know how to help you find a position and 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—all over the world.

We make sure you have the academic expertise to shine in your discipline, and the 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.
America Reads
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.

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.

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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 (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.)

24      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 Children
4 EDUC-350 English Language Learners: Theory and Instruction
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-421-427 Methods of Curriculum, Instruction and Management

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
Valerie A. Allison, Ph.D.

Department: Education
Associate Professor of Education

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4240

David S. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Department: Education
Associate Professor of Education

Sarah Edwards Moore, Ph.D.

Department: Education
Assistant Professor of Education

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4723

Susan Welteroth, D.Ed.

Department: Education
Lecturer Education

Sara J. Wenrich

Department: Provost
Education Department Coordinator

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4236

Christine Tiday

Department: Education
Director of Teacher Interns and Auxiliary Programs

Lorraine Munion

Department: Education
Visiting Assistant Professor Education

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4685

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.

ESL and Special Education Certifications

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.

Secondary Education
Secondary Education

Teacher Intern Program

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.

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Teacher Intern Program

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