About Us

History

History

Millersville University was established in 1855 as an institution for the training of qualified teachers. Originally known as the Lancaster County Normal School, it was renamed the Millersville State Normal School in 1859. Millersville has the distinction of being the first normal school in Pennsylvania. In order to provide students authentic classroom experiences on campus, the Model School was created in the late 1890s. This school continued to provide pre-service teaching experiences for students until the late 1960s. After becoming Millersville State Teacher’s College in 1927, the college began offering baccalaureate degrees. With the change in emphasis from teacher training to liberal arts, the name was changed to Millersville State College in 1959 and in 1983, Millersville University.

Programs

Undergraduate Programs
  • B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education
  • B.S. Ed. in Middle Level Education
  • B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Dual Certification
Graduate Programs
  • Masters of Education in Elementary Education
  • Masters of Education in Language and Literacy Education
  • Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Master of Education in Gifted Education
Supervisory Certification Programs
  • Supervision of Elementary Education
  • Supervision of Reading and Language Arts Education
  • Program Specialist – ESL Certification Program
Post Baccalaureate Certification Program

Mission Statement

The Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Millersville University is dedicated to:

  • providing exemplary programs for undergraduate and graduate students in education.
  • connecting content and pedagogy with authentic experiences in diverse school settings.
  • upholding high standards for professional and civic conduct.

Accreditation

Millersville University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is approved by the American Association of University Women. The Elementary and Early Childhood programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. 

Recognition

As an academic institution, Millersville University has earned its place among U.S.News & World Report's top 10 public universities in the North and is recognized for its academic excellence in Martin Nemko's book How to Get an Ivy League Education at a State University.