Offered by the Department of Education and Special Education
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, “Teacher Education Certification.”
The secondary education curriculum prepares students for middle school, junior high, and high school teaching. The curriculum is the combined responsibility of the Education and Special Education Department and the appropriate content area departments of the university. The program is based on the theme, “Teacher as Reflective Decision Maker,” and provides students with depth in subject matter, preparation in instructional methodology, and a variety of field experiences culminating in student teaching in the senior year. Students in the program learn how to communicate subject matter clearly and effectively to promote secondary students’ learning. Mansfield University offers secondary education degree programs in the following curricular areas: Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, French, German, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies (with emphasis in History), and Spanish. 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.