Resources for Satisfying Education Work Experience Requirement

Before you can complete Entrance to Major (ETM), you must complete documentation of at least 40 hours of volunteer or paid education work experience. This work experience must occur with learners of the age group you plan to teach (6th -12th grade), with younger learners in your intended content area (MATH), or with adults with special needs. At least some of the young people with whom you work must be from a different background (e.g., race/ethnicity, home language, culture, socio-economic status) than you.

All hours must be documented on the appropriate Volunteer Service Form and be signed by the individual supervising your work experience. Please keep in mind that these 40 hours are in addition to any observation hours you do for courses (e.g., CI295) and must occur after graduation from high school. 

A list of resources is provided below. These are just suggestions; hours may be fulfilled in other ways but they must be age-appropriate and involve direct contact with students. Please discuss your plans for the 40 hours with your advisor to ensure their appropriateness.

Resources for 40 Hours of Education Work Experience

Opportunity Contact Person Other Information
Barber National Institute Kathy Bastow ( Barber National Institute/ongoing opportunities throughout the academic year
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Paula Hayes (814-866-4566)

Must commit for a year; requires 3-6 hours per week on a consistent basis (

CHAMPS Afterschool Program

Lorri Bland (

Afterschool program (2:30-5:30) at Central Tech, East, and Strong Vincent (October-May)

Eastside YMCA Coaching

Dustin Rhodes (814-899-9622)

Primarily soccer and basketball

Erie Neighborhood Art House


Mostly after school programs

Gears Program

Lorri Bland ( Science, Technology, and Activity activities for Erie City students in 7-8 grades
Gliding Stars of Erie

Linda Althof (

Ice Skating Program for Individuals with Special Needs (

Center for Financial and Consumer Outreach

Erica Jackson (

High School Symposium on Financial Literacy and College Success/May

Inner-City Neighborhood Art House

Sr. Margaret Ann Pilewski (

Assist teachers in classes; partner with special needs children 
September 16, 2014-May 13, 2015
Monday-Friday 2:45-5:15 PM



Volunteer to assist individuals with disabilities


Courtney Nagle (

Gannon University/February

Math Options

Courtney Nagle (

Penn State Behrend/May

Multicultural Community Resource Center

Carol Pifer (814-455-0212 x354;

Center for Hispanic and Refugee community

Penn State Behrend Open House

Courtney Nagle (

Penn State Behrend/Fall and Spring semesters

Science Olympiad

Chuck Yeung (

Penn State Behrend/held during Penn State’s Spring Break

Sister Gus’ Kids Cafe

Stephanie Taylor (814-878-2922)

Tutor and interact with inner-city children during an after-school program; 2:30-5:00 Monday-Friday

Stairways GED Tutoring


Tutoring for GED students in reading, writing and math

Talent Search Tutoring

Sherri Welsh (

Central Tech High School and Wilson Middle School ($10/hour)

TOPS Soccer

Dan Perritano (898-6296;

Penn State Behrend/Spring semester/12-15 hours

TOPS Basketball

Dave Niland (898-6398;

Penn State Behrend/Fall semester/12-15 hours

TREC (Therapeutic Riding Equestrian Center)

814-474-5276, Ext. 11

No riding experience necessary; Program is most mornings (including Saturdays) and some evenings

Urban Erie Community Development Corp.

Veronica Rexford (814-899-3904, or

IMPACT after school program (