Administered by Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Effective Fall 2009
The State Board of Education adopted changes that affect all of Pennsylvania's instructional and educational specialist programs by adding 9 credits or 270 hours or equivalent combination for adaptations and accommodations for diverse students in an inclusive setting and 3 credits or 90 hours or equivalent combination to meet the instructional needs of English Language Learners. Although these regulatory changes became effective on September 22, 2007, the PA Department of Education has not yet developed final requirements for colleges/universities to follow. Therefore, additional program requirements will be developed and incorporated into your certification program to comply with new regulations for certifying teachers that become effective on January 1, 2013.
Requirements for Certification in Early Childhood Education (N-K-3) and Elementary Education (K-6) develop knowledge of the nature of the child, the nature of the school and center, the learning process, general methods of teaching and methods of teaching particular subjects and to provide student teaching experience. A total of 65 semester hours is taken in required courses. None may be taken on a pass/fail basis. An area of concentration is optional. No free electives are available for this program. In addition to the 120-credit requirement for a Bloomsburg University degree, education majors are subject to background checks and passage of Praxis exams.
Among 50-53 credits of general education requirements some courses are specifically required. At most, one course which an individual uses to satisfy specific requirements in communication, quantitative/analytical reasoning or values/ethics may be used to satisfy distribution requirements. See your adviser.
A minimum of one credit is required
All students are required to complete the following:
FBI Clearance (Renewed yearly)
Criminal Record Check (Act 34, renewed yearly)
Child Abuse Check (Act 151, renewed yearly)
TB Test - results Negative or Statement of Treatment (yearly)
Praxis I - Pre-professional skills test (PPST). All students are required to take the following Praxis Tests. PPSTs must be taken and passed by 48 credits in order to be admitted to teacher education.
Reading (10710) or 5710
Writing (10720) or 5720
Mathematics (10703) or 5730
Praxis II - Subject Assessments. Beginning Fall 2007 the Pennsylvania Praxis II tests must be taken and passed in order successfully complete the certification program.
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (30511)
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (10011)
Early Childhood Education (10020)