The Elementary and Early Childhood Department offers Bachelor of Science Degrees in Education that lead to Instructional 1 teaching certificates in the areas of early childhood education, middle level education, and special education. Each program is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of subject matter, knowledge of teaching skills appropriate to the age and grade level, and extensive and varied field experiences. During student teaching, students have the opportunity to select International Settings for placement.
- B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education
- B.S. Ed. in Middle Level Education - English
- B.S. Ed. in Middle Level Education - Mathematics
- B.S. Ed. in Middle Level Education - Science
- B.S. Ed. in Middle Level Education - Social Studies
- B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Dual Certification
If you already have a bachelor’s degree and want to pursue an Instructional I Certificate, please visit the Certification webpage.
B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education
The program in early childhood education is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of subject matter and appropriate knowledge of pedagogy to teach pre-kindergarten to grade 4. Students who complete the early childhood education program at Millersville University receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. This program can be completed in eight (8) semesters.
B.S. Ed. in Middle Level Education
The program in middle level education is designed to provide the student with an in-depth knowledge of subject matter (30 credit hours) in one of the three content areas (mathematics, science, and English language arts and reading), to teach 4th through 8th grades. In addition to the concentration area, candidates are expected to complete 12 credit hours in each of the remaining content areas and in social studies, a minimum of 27 credit hours in the Professional Core, and 12 credits in student teaching. Students who complete the middle level education program at Millersville University receive a Bachelor of Science in Education degree and may apply for a Pennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. This program can be completed in eight (8) semesters.
Middle Level Science
Middle Level Social Studies
Middle Level English, Language Arts
Middle Level Mathematics
B.S. Ed. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education Dual Certification
CHANGES TO SPECIAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAMS
On October 19, 2018 Governor Wolf signed into law Act 82 of 2018 which amended special education certifications, creating a new stand-alone Special Education PreK-12 certificate. This law begins January 2022.
Millersville is in the process of creating this new program, but in the meantime, students can obtain special education certification with either early childhood or secondary/K-12 education.
What does this mean for Millersville University students seeking to become certified in special education?
Our dual programs/concentrations continue, with slight modifications. If you are completing your student teaching after December 2021, the dual programs you will be certified is as follows:
- Early, Middle, & Exceptional Education Department: Major Early Childhood grades PreK-8 and Special Education PreK-12.
- Educational Foundations Department: BSE in a content area of 7-12 or K-12 and Inclusive Education/Special Education PreK-12.
- 135 credit program that leads to PA certification in Pre K-4 Early Childhood & PreK-8 Special Education
- Extensive and diverse field experiences working with children with exceptionalities throughout the entire range of the program.
- Unique opportunities for educational experiences beyond the classroom, such as the Aaron's Acres Internship
- Two distinct professional strands that focus on the needs of students with either low incidence or high incidence exceptionalities
- Participation in Best Buddies (student-run volunteer organization) and Council for Exceptional Children (student-run professional organization). Members from Council for Exceptional Children regularly attend and present at local, state, and national conferences.
- An inclusive department in which professors in Early Childhood and Special Education model best practices in consultation, collaboration, and co-teaching.