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Note: Education is a constantly changing field, and information concerning programs and requirements are subject to change. Please go directly to Education Department homepages for the most up to date information and news.
The Elementary and Early Childhood Education Department is in the process of revising education programs to meet the new certifications as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Two programs will be offered. The program in Early Childhood (Pre-kindergarten to grade 4) is designed to provide the students with an in depth knowledge of subject matter, appropriate knowledge of pedagogy, and extensive and varied field experiences related to the pre-school to 4th grade child. Students who complete the Early Childhood program at Millersville University received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. The certificate allows students to teach children from pre-kindergarten to 4th grade.
The program in Middle Level (grade 4 to grade 8) is designed to provide the student with an in depth knowledge of subject matter in all content areas with a concentration of 30 credit hours in one content area such as mathematics or Reading/English. Concentrations in science and social studies are being developed. Students are also provided appropriate knowledge of pedagogy and extensive and varied field experiences related to children in grades 4 to 8. Students who complete the Middle Level program at Millersville University received a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. The certificate allows students to teach children in grades 4 to 8.
Practicum experiences in local schools are required for both programs as early as the freshman or sophomore year and culminate with a semester-long student teaching assignment in a classroom appropriate for the program.
Any student wishing to change his/her major and apply to either the Early Childhood or Middle Level program should see the department secretary in Stayer 302 for an application to the major.
Millersville offers BSE (Bachelors of Science in Education) degrees for 7-12 education in English, Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Sciences, and Social Studies. We also have K-12 BSE programs in French, German, and Spanish. When you are a BSE major, your major department will be the content area you will teach in. In other words, future biology teachers would earn a BSE degree in Biology, and your advisor would be a Biology professor. For specific information about course requirements for each of the content areas, look to the Major and Degree requirements (Blue Sheets) for the BSE program you are interested in: Major and Degree Requirements
You would also have a co-advisor from the Educational Foundations department to help you understand the education related requirements. There are differences by major, but the general BSE students complete coursework that is very similar to non-teacher education majors in their content area, plus they take education courses and complete student teaching. The education courses include a Foundations block (two courses) and Professional Block (three courses). Students who will graduate after December 2012 will also be required to take additional coursework in special education and English Language Leaners.
You can find additional information about education courses and other education related requirements here
This page will also give you information about EDFN co-advisors so that you can talk to an educational faculty member about your ideas as you consider selecting a BSE major.