Penn State Abington offers a four-year major for those students choosing the Childhood Education Teaching Option, PreK-4.
During these Early Childhood years, the teacher and family lay the foundation for future learning. Quality early life experiences with opportunities for active exploration and guidance shape young children’s social, emotional, and cognitive development. Teachers are the key to building bridges between a child’s two worlds: home and school.
As with all Penn State undergraduate teacher education programs, this program is designed to provide students with experiences necessary to become certified teachers based on all requirements as specified by The Pennsylvania Department of Education and following guidelines recommended by the National Association for Education of Young Children.
Because employers seek top quality teachers, graduates benefit from the excellent reputation of Penn State's teacher education programs. Graduates with strong academic backgrounds, outstanding practicum experience, and determination have been successful in securing positions, such as:
• Public or Private School Teacher (PreK-4)
• Military Child Care Teacher
• Community Child Care Center Teacher with career ladder opportunities as Director
• Head Start Teacher with career ladder opportunities as Manager
• Community Support Service Agencies serving young children and families
This program specifies entrance criteria and requires 45 credits of directed general education study to begin the lifelong inquiry into subject area knowledge, followed by professional course work and various field experiences including student teaching.