Penn State Abington offers a four-year major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education leading to PreK-4th grade PA state teaching certification.
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.
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.
For more information, see Penn State's College of Education, Elementary and Early Childhood program.