Education - PreK-4/EarlyChildhood
The PreK-Grade 4/Early Childhood Education degree will prepare you to be certified to teach children from birth to age nine. 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.
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 child 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 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.
To enhance your marketability for employment after graduation or for acceptance into graduate school, you will develop a digital developing portfolio at the end of your junior year and a professional portfolio during your senior year which describes your field experiences and teaching accomplishments and credentials. This not only demonstrates your academic abilities and experiences, but also highlights your expertise in using instructional technology.
Special Education Dual Certification
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.
Special Education certification can be added to the PreK-4/Early Childhood Education major, Secondary Education English, Secondary Education Social Studies, or Secondary Education Mathematics. 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 8, or grade 7 through grade 12.
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.