M.Ed. Elementary Education & PA State PreK-4 Certification (Dual Special Education PreK-8 certification available)

Dr. Thomas Hammond
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This 42-credit (minimum) program prepares students for Pennsylvania Level I certification as PreK-4 teachers and leads to the awarding of a master’s degree in Elementary Education.  Thirty (30) credits minimum is required for the master’s degree.  Dual certification in PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 is an option for 12 additional credits (54 credit hours).

The elementary teacher education program leads to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and Instructional I certification that qualifies the candidate to teach in the public schools of Pennsylvania. The program is designed for the college graduate who, as an undergraduate, specialized in a field other than education and who is capable of beginning his or her study of professional practice at an advanced level.

The focus of this program is the development of the teacher candidate’s understanding of the aims and curricula of early elementary or early childhood schools, the purposes and methods employed in teaching all learners (including those with special needs and ELL), basic principles of research and testing, and the techniques of gathering and analyzing educational data. 

The teacher candidate completes a specified program, bears major responsibility for a teaching experience in a supervised practicum, and participates in methodology seminars, being supervised throughout by Lehigh University faculty members.

Pennsylvania certification is widely accepted nationwide under reciprocity agreements with many other states.

Curriculum for Grades PreK-4 Certification Only (42 credits)
COURSE NUMBER COURSE NAME CREDITS
Core Course Work (21 credits)  
SPED 332  Education and Inclusion of Individuals with Special Needs 3
TLT 380 Child Development and Cognition  3
TLT 404 Diversity, Families, and School Collaborations in K-12 3
TLT 405 Principles and Applications of K-12 Assessment 3
TLT 407 Instructional Design for K-12 Classrooms 3
TLT 409 K-12 Classroom Environment and Management 3
TLT 411 Early Childhood Education 3
Development of Professional Skills (18 credits)  
TLT 412  Social Studies in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 420 Reading and Literacy in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 422 Language Arts in PreK through 4th Grade 3
TLT 426 Science in PreK through 4th Grade  3
TLT 428 Mathematics and Numeracy in PreK through 4th Grade 3
SPED 465 Advanced Inclusionary Practices in K-12 3
Extended Field Experience (3 credits)
TLT 444 General Education Student Teaching and Seminar  3
Additional coursework to add dual certification in Special Education PreK-8 (12 credits)  
SPED 418  Alternative Curricular Approaches  3
SPED 419 Academic Interventions: PreK-8 3
SPED 432 Positive Behavior Support 3
SPED 452 Assessment in Special Education 3
Extended Field Experience (3 credits)  
Dual certification in PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 will require the following to replace TLT 444 above:
TLT 442 General Education and Special Education Student Teaching and Seminar 3
Pennsylvania Department of Education Requirements for Teacher Certification

It is important for individuals considering teaching as a career to be aware of the fairly rigorous academic, health, and personal character requirements for teacher certification that are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for teacher candidates statewide: 

Course descriptions can be found in the course catalog.

Application Requirements & Deadlines