Our Early, Middle and Exceptional Education Programs Will Help You Build a Rewarding Career in Education

Degrees: B.S.E., M.Ed.

Since its founding in 1855, Millersville University (then known as The Lancaster County Normal School) has trained qualified teachers to inspire and improve the intellectual lives of their students. As Millersville has evolved over the decades, we’ve remained committed to providing high-quality education programs that empower students.

Earning one of our early, middle and exceptional education degrees will help you develop the expertise and confidence to step into your own classroom and help shape future generations of leaders and change-makers.

Our EMEE programs will provide you with:

  • Personalized education degrees: When you join the early, middle and exceptional education program, you can choose from one of our three education programs to tailor your education degree to your interests and goals. Choose from the B.S. Ed. In Early Childhood Education (PK-4), the B.S. Ed in Middle Level Education (4th-8th) or the B.S. Ed Special Education (PK-12).

  • Master of education pathway: We offer students in the EMEE program a pathway to earning one of our Master of Education degrees. We provide Master of Education degrees in elementary education, language and literacy education, early childhood education and gifted education. Wherever you see yourself as a teacher, get there with our graduate education programs.

  • Strong foundations in professional knowledge: In addition to your lessons on teaching methodologies and theories, you will also learn about child development and professionalism in education, and master skills such as classroom management.

  • Hands-on career preparation: There’s no better way to become a confident teacher than by stepping into the classroom and learning firsthand how to instruct. From the start of your time in the EMEE program, you will observe and participate in classrooms related to your specialization.

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Why Study Early, Middle and Exceptional Education?

At the heart of any society is a quality educational system that fosters curiosity, equity and the endless pursuit of knowledge. Joining one of our EMEE programs will not only let you join the noble tradition of educating children, but it will also provide many benefits, including:

  • Expert guidance: Thanks to the small class sizes in our early, middle and exceptional education program, you can work face-to-face with our world-class EMEE faculty. Pulling from their decades of experience in the classroom, faculty mentors provide valuable career advice and share innovative tools to prepare you to stand out in a Master of Education program and excel in your classrooms.

  • Accreditation: Our teacher education programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Millersville University is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). This means that your degree from the early, middle and exceptional education program will be highly respected for meeting some of the highest standards for educator training.

  • Affordability: We believe that every student who wishes to dedicate their education and career to teaching children should have the chance to do so without worrying about added financial burden. That’s why we have a flat tuition rate to ensure that you’ll never be surprised by hidden charges.

  • Location: Supplement your studies in the EMEE program by exploring Lancaster City and experiencing all that it has to offer — including art galleries, restaurants, beautiful recreation spaces and numerous walking and hiking trails.

  • Advising: Each student earning one of our education degrees is supported by the dedicated staff in our University College, who are here to help you find your career path and succeed in the EMEE program.

What Will You Learn in Early, Middle and Exceptional Education Program?

Whether you want to provide preschoolers with a solid foundation for learning or share your love of a specific subject with middle school students, the courses you’ll take in the EMEE program will help you become an inspiring and engaging teacher.

When you graduate from one of our education programs, you’ll earn Instructional 1 teaching certificates in the areas of early childhood education, middle level education and special education.

We’ve designed our education degrees to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of specific subject matter, understanding of teaching skills appropriate to age and grade level and valuable experiences in the classroom.

Experiential Learning in the EMEE Program:

You’ll graduate from the early, middle and exceptional education program with an extensive resume, thanks to our commitment to providing real-world teacher training in several programs.

In your junior and senior year, you can intern with Aaron's Acres  — a nonprofit organization that provides year-round recreational programs to children and young adults, ages 5-21 with developmental disabilities. Gain firsthand experience working with students who have severe and multiple disabilities.

You can also join the Professional Development School (PDS), which lets teacher candidates who have completed a successful application process work in the same classroom the semester before student teaching and during student teaching.