Early Childhood/ Pre-K - 4

The Early Childhood Education degree will prepare you to be certified to teach children from birth to age eight. The new certification laws in Pennsylvania make this degree mandatory if you want to teach Pre-K through fourth grade in a Pennsylvania public school (effective January 2013). Your courses will provide a strong foundation of basic child development theory and an appreciation for both the historic and contemporary status of children. Throughout your four-year program, and beginning in your second or third semester, you will have active, hands-on interaction with young children putting research and theory into practice.


Pennsylvania Department 
of Education (PDE) 


In your senior year, you will complete over 80 hours in both pre-primary and primary childhood classrooms. Your assignments will usually be within a 50-60 mile radius of LHU campus. You are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.

Upon graduation and certification, you will be qualified to teach in elementary schools, pre-schools, and Head Start programs as well as to direct a day care center. Our graduates have a high success rate in finding employment in schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the country.

The program is accredited by the NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, NCATE, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and PDE, the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Special Education Certification Program

Certification in special education prepares you to teach persons with mental and physical disabilities. This includes individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities, mental retardation, physical disabilities, brain injuries, and emotional or behavior disorders.

Any Early Childhood, Middle Level, or Secondary Education major can choose to take courses leading to special education certification. The dual certification program follows a planned sequence of courses that has been designed to meet the Pennsylvania State guidelines for certification in both areas. Special education certification parallels the chosen content certification: preschool through grade 6, or grade 7 through grade 12.

Dual Certification

You will increase your marketability for future employment by completing coursework and field experiences for a dual degree. This will provide you excellent preparation for inclusionary classrooms, as well as for part-time and full-time special education settings. You will have practical classroom experiences from your freshman year through your senior year student teaching placements. During your 15 week student teaching experience, you will have the opportunity to teach both typical and special needs students, supervised by certified instructors in the content area as well as in special education. LHU graduates in special education have an excellent history of securing teaching positions immediately upon graduation throughout the state of Pennsylvania and nationally.

Minor - Special Education

This minor is designed for education majors who want to gain additional knowledge and skills in teaching children with disabilities, but do not desire certification in Special Education. It can also be valuable to other human service majors such as Social Work, Recreation, and Psychology.

Minor - Early Childhood Education

This minor is currently open to majors in Special Education or Elementary Education and is intended to provide students with a second area of expertise, but does not lead to ECE Certification. Other majors will be considered for students in this minor on an individual basis.