What You'll Study
Your courses will provide a strong foundation of basic child development theory and will combine real-world experience with the study of education methods taught by former classroom teachers. You will begin active classroom participation as early as your second semester. Classroom participation is a hallmark of LHU’s early childhood program. Topics covered include:
- Language Development
- Observing and Assessing
- Developing Creative Expression
- Assessment Methods
Certification in special education prepares you to teach persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. This includes individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, brain injuries, and emotional or behavior disorders. Any early childhood, middle level, or secondary education major can choose to take courses leading to special education certification. The dual certification program meets the Pennsylvania State guidelines for certification in both areas. Topics covered include:
- Foundations of Special Education
- Positive Behavior Support
- Literacy Skills for Students with Disabilities
This minor is currently open to majors in Special Education or Elementary Education and is intended to provide you with a second area of expertise, but does not lead to ECE Certification.
The post-baccalaureate program allows individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree to complete the requirements to earn teaching certification. Candidates will receive the same high quality, hands-on learning but will not need to seek a second degree.
Earn Your PreK-Grade 4 Teaching Certification in this Post-Bachelor’s Plan!
It’s never too late to become a teacher! If you earned your bachelor’s degree more than 4 years ago, have significant work with children, and have a proven track record of academic excellence, you should consider enrolling in our post-baccalaureate PreK-Grade 4 certificate program to earn the qualifications to start teaching in preprimary or primary classrooms. It is not necessary to complete a second degree to become certified. You may attend full or part time.
Many of our courses are offered online. Student Teaching must be done in the surrounding area to Lock Haven University and requires 12 weeks of full time attendance.
How Can I Apply to the Post Bac Plan at LHU?
All students seeking their initial (first) instructional (teaching) certificate must be admitted through the PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies Department. A GPA of 3.0 or greater is required. Potential students who do not have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 may be receive conditional acceptance and take up to 12 sh to establish the required GPA.
- Applications must be made through the PreK-Grade 8 and Professional Studies Department as a post-baccalaureate certification student. Both undergraduate and graduate courses may be taken during this program. Students seeking additional coursework towards the M.Ed. must apply to the graduate program, no certification is issued with the M.Ed. program.
- When application has been completed, transcripts will be evaluated by faculty in the Early Childhood/PreK-Grade 4 Program. All evaluations are done on an individual basis. All students are given written statements listing requirements and they may discuss them with their advisor at any time.
- Education Candidates must maintain continuous and satisfactory progress. All post-baccalaureate certification students may proceed a part-time basis as fits their needs with the exception of the required student teaching experience.
- Once Relevant coursework is complete, and upon recommendation of the academic advisor, a candidate is eligible for student teaching. Working in cooperation with the Director of Student Teaching, the applicant will complete the application and interview process, including a portfolio presentation, prior to any student teaching placements are made.
- At the conclusion of student teaching and successful completion of the required PECT exams, the department will make a recommendation to the Certification Officer to recommend the issuance of the PA Instructional Certificate I in PreK-Grade 4.
- Accreditation: The program is accredited by:
- Professional Semester: The PreK-Grade 4 program offers a block of classes that create the Professional Semester. In this final semester prior to student teaching, teacher candidates will spend class time learning about methods for teaching math, science, social studies, and English/language arts. In addition, candidates will spend more than 4 full weeks in the PreK-to Grade 4 classroom teaching children under the supervision of a faculty member and cooperating teacher. This is experience is designed to build skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will be used during student teaching and ultimately land their first teaching job!
- Student Teaching: Beginning in your freshman year you will participate in a variety of teaching situations, followed by a professional methods semester, and a student teaching semester. Over four years you will spend more than 80 hours in observation and classroom placements. The program includes 150 hours in classroom settings for pre-student teaching and two, seven- week student teaching experiences—one in a Pre K-1st grade self-contained classroom, and one in a grade 2-4 self-contained classroom. Your assignments will usually be within a 50-60 mile radius of LHU campus. You will also have the opportunity to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities around the world.
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Careers: Upon graduation and certification, you will be qualified to teach in elementary schools, pre-schools, and Head Start programs as well as to direct a day care center. Our graduates have a high success rate in finding employment in schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the country. The faculty’s strong relationships with communities and schools, along with LHU’s historic reputation in teacher education, allows for easy placement of LHU teacher candidates.