- lead to teacher certification approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
- are taught by faculty — not graduate assistants — with extensive experience in PK-12 schools as teachers, supervisors, principals, curriculum directors, and superintendents
- include specialized training in non-academic barriers (social, emotional and mental health, suicide prevention) through the McDowell Institute for Teacher Excellence
- allow for dual certification, English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate and STEM Endorsement for enhanced marketability
- include field experiences beginning in the first year culminating with a 16-week supervised student teaching experience
- both the child life minor and the child life certificate programs meet the Association of Child Life Professionals curriculum standards and eligibility requirements necessary to obtain the certified child life specialist credential
CAEP accreditation ensures we prepare new teachers to know their subjects, their students, and have the clinical training that allows them to enter the classroom ready to teach effectively.
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The mission of the College of Education is to empower graduates to promote healthy human development, nourish creative inquiry, facilitate opportunities for liberatory experiences, and to effectively advocate for equitable outcomes for all the students, teachers, and clients with whom they work.
- American Sign Language (ASL)/English Interpreting
- Early Childhood Education
- Grades PreK-4
- Middle Level Education (4-8)
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Secondary and K-12 Education
- Earth and Space Science
- General Science
- Health and Physical Education (PK-12)
- Social Studies
- Spanish (PK-12)
- Social Work
- Special Education
- Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (N to 12)
- Special Education/Early Childhood Dual (PK-12 / PK-4)
- American Sign Language Minor
- Child Life Specialist Certificate
- Child Life Specialist Minor
- Educational Technology Minor
- English as a Second Language (ESL) Certificate Program (can lead to certification)
- Playwork Certificate
- Playwork Minor
- PK-12 Principal Certification (can lead to certification)
- PK-12 Supervisory Certification in Curriculum and Instruction (can lead to certification)
- PK-12 School Counseling Certification (can lead to certification)
- Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Wellness Endorsement
- Special Education Minor
- STEM Endorsement
- Supervisory Certification in Special Education (can lead to certification)
Professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development. NCATE expects institutions to assess professional dispositions based on observable behaviors in educational settings. The two professional dispositions that NCATE expects institutions to assess are fairness and the belief that all students can learn. Based on their mission and conceptual framework, professional education units can identify, define, and operationalize additional professional dispositions. The professional dispositions of the conceptual framework represent the attitudes expected of all educational professionals. The dispositions identified are embedded in program curricula, as well as modeled and encouraged by members of the unit. Candidates will develop and demonstrate professional dispositions based on observable and measurable behaviors at various targeted program points.
Effective educational professionals
Uphold Professional and Ethical Standards
Candidates consistently honor the law and demonstrate professional integrity through behaviors that reflect national, state, and institutional ethical standards.
Candidates demonstrate fairness, empathy, and compassion based on their belief that everyone can learn. Candidates actively seek out multiple perspectives and diverse experiences to address the academic, interpersonal, and emotional needs of ALL learners.
Engage in Collaborative Endeavors
Candidates demonstrate professional interpersonal and communication skills. These skills are used to promote positive partnerships (with and between learners: students, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and the global community) to support achievement of learning outcomes.
Reflect and Problem-Solve
Candidates demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions through systematic reflection and problem-solving. Critical and creative thinking is used for identifying and implementing strategies for improving academic, interpersonal, and emotional learner outcomes.
Value Life-long Learning
Candidates engage in professional growth and encourage curiosity and inquiry as reflective agents of change by sharing knowledge responsibly and participating as a community resource.
The mission of Commonwealth University’s College of Education is to prepare ethical educational professionals who are empowered to assess the development and facilitate the growth of all learners to succeed and lead in our diverse and technologically complex world; and to serve as a resource to the region.