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
General Science (7-12)
Biology, General Science (7-12)
Chemistry, General Science (7-12)
English (7-12)
English (7-12)
French (K-12)
German (K-12)
Citizenship Education, Social Studies (7-12)
Mathematics (7-12)
Music Education (K-12)
Physics, General Science (7-12)
Citizenship Education, Social Studies (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Social Studies (7-12)
Spanish (K-12)

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. Our interdisciplinary minors, like leadership and diversity studies, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

Recent Education 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
  • AmeriCorps
  • Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore
  • Beginnings Learning Center, Philadelphia,
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shikellamy School District, Sunbury, 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.
  • Michael the Archangel School, Coopersburg, Pa.
  • Success Academy Charter School, South Bronx, N.Y.
  • Teach for America
  • Warrior Run School District, Turbotville, Pa.
  • Wellsboro Montessori Children's Center, Wellsboro, Pa.

Recent Education 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.
  • 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
David S. McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Department: Education
Associate Professor of Education

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4508

Valerie A. Allison, Ph.D.

Department: Education
Associate Professor of Education

Leigh Ann Kurz

Department: Education
Assistant Professor of Education

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4685

Sarah Edwards Moore, Ph.D.

Department: Education
Associate Professor of Education

Hilario Lomelí

Department: Education
Visiting Assistant Professor Education

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4738

Susan Welteroth, D.Ed.

Department: Education
Lecturer Education

Christine Tiday

Department: Education
Director of Teacher Interns and Auxiliary Programs

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4251

Sara J. Wenrich

Department: Provost
Education Department Coordinator

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

This four-course program consisting of LANG-360, EDUC-440, EDUC-441, and EDUC-442 is only open to students enrolled in an Education program.  The program is most compatible with the program requirements of Early Childhood Education (ECE) majors, but it is also open to students pursuing a secondary education certification and to Music Education majors. Upon successful completion of the four courses and their integrated field experiences (60 hours), teacher candidates will be eligible for the dual certification and potential employment as ESL Program Specialists in PreK - 12 settings. The ESL program prepares teachers to address the learning needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in inclusive settings, as well as to coach and support classroom teachers who are not similarly trained but have ELLs in their classrooms.

Students seeking the ESL Program Specialist certification are eligible to begin course work upon completion of prerequisite courses (EDUC-101, -102 and -350) and sophomore class standing. Students must earn an A- in EDUC-350 and must submit a program application available through the Education Department in order to enroll in ESL certification courses.

ESL and Special Education Certification

With the 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.

Teacher Intern Program

Holders of baccalaureate degrees can gain teaching certificates by completing professional education courses. Certified teachers can also add certifications in English as a second language (ESL) and special education.

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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