Offered by the Department of History, Education, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology
Mission, Values, Vision, and Learning Outcomes
The Teacher Education and Special Education Department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education (PreK-Grade 4), Professional Studies in English Language Arts, Earth and Space Science, Social Studies, and Math Education (Grades 9-12), and Special Education as a single certification or a dual certification (PreK-12). Students in the teacher education program will make reflective decisions that are grounded in accepted theory, research, and practice that will prepare students to adapt instruction to individual students and to the changing conditions within schools and society. Graduates of the Teacher Education and Special Education department will be prepared and ready to serve the region, the Commonwealth, and the nation as effective educators.
Mission: The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education is to prepare beginning teachers who will enter their classrooms with passion and vitality, equipped with knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will impact student achievement positively and with the ability to make sound decisions that will enhance their students’ well-being and enrich their own lives.
Values: The Early Childhood and Elementary Education undergraduate teacher education program at Mansfield University advance the theme, “Teacher as Reflective Decision Maker.” They derive from a knowledge based on the conceptual framework based on Danielson’s Four Domains of Effective Teaching: Planning and Preparation, The Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professional Responsibilities. Candidates are prepared to teach in accordance with the professional standards of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).
In addition, the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program places an emphasis on the following:
- We will promote character. Our faculty and students will exemplify the highest standards of ethical behavior, incorporating respect for self, others, and our surroundings. We will devote ourselves to the holistic development of individuals, fostering personal accountability, honesty, and advocacy through character education.Courage, integrity, and honor exemplify our core values. As the art of teaching demands honesty and integrity, so too will we expect our department to promote and encourage these values in all we do.
- We will foster scholarship. We will model a life of intellectual curiosity, celebrating the creation and dissemination of new ideas in education and the concentration areas. We will embrace the use of rigorous, responsible, and critical inquiry to understand, acquire, and share knowledge. We apply what we learn by recognizing that each of us is both student and teacher engaged in the continuous pursuit of learning. We will therefore maintain a faculty dedicated to the highest standards in teaching, content knowledge, and scholarship.
- We will enhance culture. We will serve and lead the region and beyond in promoting global diversity and cultural awareness. We will accomplish this mission by working collaboratively across disciplines. Through open discourse, we will create meaningful experiences that compel us towards deeper understanding on the inter-connectedness of the disciplines.
- We will advocate service. Knowledge invests us with the power and responsibility to improve our world, and to act as advocates and agents of positive change. We will be engaged with our community. Our students, faculty, and staff will partake in volunteerism and service activities as a natural outgrowth of the University mission in order to impact lives now and in the future. We encourage and actively promote on our campus and surrounding community an awareness of the importance of the role of teaching and the disciplines in the enrichment of the human spirit and knowledge of the influences that affect the world.
Vision: Mansfield University with an Early Childhood and Elementary Education degree will recognize that initial certification provides the credentials and experience to begin teaching and that they will continue to seek opportunities for professional growth, including content expertise, knowledge of children, a growing awareness of global influences and opportunities, and a commitment to keeping their teaching dynamic, passionate, and effective.
The program features relevant experiences throughout the program in a variety of settings, culminating in student teaching. Students also complete an extended pre-student teaching school experience. Graduates of the concentration may pursue teaching or director positions in early childhood preschools and teaching positions in elementary schools from preschool through grade four.
Program Outcomes (SLOs):
A student completing the BSEd in Early Childhood and Elementary Education will be able to:
- Program SLO 1: demonstrate an understanding of child development, family systems, and professional collaborations;
- Program SLO 2: design, implement, and evaluate productive learning experiences that promote positive development and learning for PreK-4 students;
- Program SLO 3: effectively use various systematic assessment processes and strategies for the early childhood/elementary classroom setting;
- Program SLO 4: make appropriate accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities and ELL students in an inclusive setting;
- Program SLO 5: display ethically responsible dispositions in accordance with Pennsylvania’s Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators, the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, and the Mansfield University Dispositions Policy