Childhood and Early Adolescent Education

Childhood and Early Adolescent EducationAmerica’s classrooms are changing in many ways, but there are constants, too. Regardless of economic, technological, and demographic shifts, our youngest learners need teachers who are able to design and deliver high-quality instruction in a thoughtful, age-appropriate, caring manner.

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College’s Bachelor of Science in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (PK-4 Option) is extended from Penn State’s College of Education. The teacher certification program prepares undergraduates to teach children in preschool through fourth grade; the degree meets or exceeds all requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Pennsylvania Level I instructional certification. (It also meets or exceeds certification requirements for any state that requires a bachelor’s degree.)

Penn State Behrend’s degree program, in affiliation with The Pennsylvania State University’s College of Education, is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Middle States Accreditation, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Contact Dr. Meg Burke, Program Chair of Childhood and Early Adolescent Education with any further questions (

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