Requirements for the Major in Pre K-4 Education with Certification

A major in Pre K-4 is designed to provide certification in Early Elementary Education from Pre-Kindergarten to grade 4. The program embeds interdisciplinary and experiential learning through a variety of service learning projects and flexibility to study abroad. This program also offers the opportunity to explore a range of electives and earn a comprehensive education. Students develop a broad-based understanding across disciplines through the other elements of Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum (

Credit Count (128 credits)

1. Professional Education Requirements (69 credits; core in PreK-4 Education)
2. Additional Undergraduate Curriculum requirements (24 credits)
3. Electives (25 credits)

Certification in Early Elementary Education (Pre K-4)

The Professional Education requirements are based on Pennsylvania Code, Chapter 354 and 49 requirements.

Professional Core in the PreK-4 Education program totals 87 credit hours, including field experiences and student teaching. Twelve of these credits, and embedded content and experiences in other courses, address adaptations, accommodations, and cognitive development of diverse students in an inclusive setting (PDE Chapter 49 requirements). Three credits, and embedded content and experiences in other courses, address content requirements regarding the needs of English language learners (PDE PA Code, Chapter 49 requirements).

1. Professional Education Core Courses and Fieldwork (41 credits)

  • *ED 110 Teaching for Learning (3 credits; meets Self and Society requirement)
  • ED 201 Teachers as Researchers and Writers (3 credits; meets RW requirement)
  • ED 211 Assessment and Intervention in Infancy and Toddlerhood (3 credits)
  • *ED 212 Child and Youth Development (3 credits; meets Self and Society requirement)
  • ED 216 Teaching Literacy in the 21st Century (3 credits)
  • ED 220 Profession of Teaching (2 credits)
  • ED 305 Critical Conversations and Fieldwork in Elementary Education (3 credits)
  • ED 306 Strategies for Emergent and Content Literacy (3 credits)
  • ED 317 The Literacies of Social Studies, Science and Language Arts (3 credits)
  • ED 318 Developing Mathematicians: Thinking Teaching and Learning in Elementary Mathematics (3 credits)
  • ED 319 Social Studies Methods K-6 (3 credits)
  • ED 323 Early Intervention (3 credits)
  • *ED 324 Elementary Science Methods (3 credits; meets Natural and Physical World requirement)
  • ED 387 Pre-Student Teaching (3 credits)

2. Special Education And English Language Learners Requirements (16 credits credits)*ED 214 Introduction to Inclusive Education (3 credits; meets Self and Society requirement)

  • ED 282 Special Education: Professional Skills for Effective Services (3 credits)
  • ED 315 Differentiated Instruction in the Inclusive Classroom(3 credits)
  • *US 324 Understanding Language Learning: Using Two Languages to Engage with the World (4 credits; meets designated Writing and Global Connections requirement)
  • ED 375 Managing an Inclusive Classroom (3 credits)

3. Student Teaching (12 credits

  • *ED 416 Student Teaching: Early/Special Education (12 credits; meets Senior Capstone Seminar and Global Connections Reflections)

4. Content area courses required under PA Code, Chapter 354 (24 credits)

  • At least one course in Written Communication
  • *EN 101 Thought and Expression I (4 credits; meets Writing requirement)
  • One course in American/English Literature
  • *EN 229 Voices of America (4 credits; meets Cultural Legacy requirement)
  • Two courses in Mathematics
  • *MA 117 Mathematical Concepts I (4 credits; meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
  • *MA 118 Mathematical Concepts II (4 credits; meets Quantitative Reasoning requirement)
  • ID 101 or another lab science course (4 credits, meets Natural/Physical World requirement)
  • An American History course (HS117 recommended, 4 credits )
* Courses that also meet another Undergraduate Curriculum requirement

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