EECE Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Recommended Academic Plans and Checksheets for more detailed course recommendations and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Elementary and Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) bachelor's degree program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest.

 

SEMESTER 1

  • First-Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Human Development and Family Studies (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Biology Course (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Literature Course (3 credits)

Total Credits:  16

 

SEMESTER 2

  • Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)
  • Problem Solving in Mathematics I (3 credits)
  • Earth Science Course (3 credits)
  • U.S. History Course (3 credits)
  • Family and Relationships or Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  16.5

 

SEMESTER 3

  • Educational Psychology (3 credits)
  • Introductory Field Experience (3 credits)
  • Economic Geography (3 credits)
  • Problem Solving in Mathematics II (3 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  16.5

 

SEMESTER 4

  • Competing Rights: Issues in American Education (3 credits)
  • Analysis and Interpretation of Statistical Data (3 credits)
  • Early Childhood Education/Development Theories (3 credits)
  • Physical Science Course (3 credits)
  • Education Elective (3 credits)
  • Physical Education for Elementary School Children (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  16.5

 

SEMESTER 5

  • Inclusive Special Education Foundations (4 credits)
  • The Young Child’s Play as Educative Processes (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing (3 credits)
  • Family and Relationships or Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Education Elective (3 credits)
  • Health Programs for the Elementary School (1.5 credits)

Total Credits:  17.5

 

SEMESTER 6

  • Teaching Reading in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • Teaching Children’s Literature (3 credits)
  • The Visual Arts in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • Music for Classroom Teachers (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15

 

SEMESTER 7

  • Teaching Mathematics in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • Teaching Science in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School (3 credits)
  • Clinical Application of Instruction, PK-4 (3 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Instruction for Students with
    Disabilities in Reading, Math, and Writing (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15

 

SEMESTER 8

  • Practicum in Student Teaching (12 credits)
  • Professional Development Practicum (3 credits)

Total Credits:  15

 

This is meant to be representative of a typical course sequence. Your schedule will vary depending on your interests; it is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling courses. See bulletins.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook for specific degree requirements.


Curriculum Overview

The Curriculum: Semesters 1-4

In addition to general education, during semesters 1-3 students prepare for entrance into the Education major by completing coursework in such areas as Educational Theory and Policy, Educational Psychology, and Curriculum and Instruction.

Entrance to the Major

Students seek entrance to the major through an online Entrance to Major process with the help of their Academic Advisor. Students are formally assigned a specified spring semester, typically in the sophomore year, at which time they have the opportunity to seek entrance to the major. Note: Students have only one opportunity to participate in the Entrance To Major (ETM) process.

Entrance to Major Requirements

Requirements 1 and 2 for entering the major must be met by the end of the fall semester immediately preceding the entrance to major semester:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00
  2. Qualifying scores from the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) series Reading, Writing, and Mathematics.

Requirements 3-9 must be met by the end of the spring semester during which the student participates in the Entrance to Major process:

  1. A grade of "C" or better in all specified courses, including practicums.
  2. Completion of an early field experience specified by the certification program.
  3. Completion of a core of Education courses specified by the certification program.
  4. Completion of additional credits as specified by the certification program.
  5. Completion of at least 48 semester credit hours, including ENGL 015 or 030, three credits of literature, and six credits of quantification.
  6. Approval by the program coordinator.

The Curriculum: Semesters 5-8

Teacher candidates follow a carefully sequenced curriculum during the junior and senior years, including:

  • LL ED ART & LITERACY BLOCK — in this 15-credit block, students study the teaching of reading, language arts, and children's literature and current theory and practice of music and art education. Students also spend considerable time observing and implementing a variety of literacy methods in a local, rural school district under the supervision of their Literacy Block professor.
  • DI BLOCK — in the Discipline Inquiry Block students attend methods courses in Social Studies Education, Science Education, and Math Education. The Block also includes a field experience in a local, urban school district, in which students spend two days per week in an area classroom observing and implementing pedagogical methods learned in their DI Block classes under the supervision of the DI Block professors.
  • STUDENT TEACHING PRACTICUM — Student Teachers engage in full-time classroom instruction in an area elementary school. Student Teachers are supervised by University personnel and practicing teachers. Students also attend a seminar on campus one evening per week.

Exit Criteria

Eligibility for a teacher certificate is based on:

  1. Successful completion of the baccalaureate degree.
  2. A minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  3. A grade of C or better in all specified courses, including practicums.
  4. Approval by the program coordinator and by the university certification officer.
  5. Successful completion of any clearances and tests as specified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.