Offered by the Department of Education and Special Education
Professors: Cleland, Straub, Burns
Associate Professors: Benjamin, Carico, Fuller, Floyd, Hammann, Lucero (chairperson), Smith, Werner-Burke
Assistant Professors: Minetola, Moore
Certification Requirements: Mansfield University teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Candidates for teaching certification in Pennsylvania must meet state requirements described in Chapter 354 regulations. A description of requirements, policies, and procedures for teacher certification can be found in the catalog section entitled, “University Policies.”
Students interested in early childhood education major in elementary education and earn an elementary education degree, but they are prepared to apply for certification in both early childhood (N-3) and elementary (K-6) in this 126 credit program. This program combines coursework in elementary education with additional focused courses in teaching young children, ages 3 through 8.
In the early childhood courses there is an emphasis on a cooperative, hands-on approach to helping children learn. Important early childhood topics include: child development, a healthy safe learning environment, developmentally appropriate curriculum, guiding children’s behavior, family relationships, cultural and individual diversity, and professionalism. The early childhood and elementary program features field experiences throughout all four years, culminating in student teaching. Graduates of the program may pursue teaching positions in either preschool or elementary grades or positions as teachers or director in child care centers. Many education majors also pursue graduate studies after graduation.
See The Teacher Education Certification Section in the University Policies section of this catalog for further details regarding admission to teacher certification candidacy and Pennsylvania certification requirements.