Bloomsburg University preservice middle-level teachers facilitating small-group interactive learning activities with Benton 7th graders

College of Education

Be the teacher who inspires your students to greater heights. We pair a strong foundation of knowledge with quality field experiences. From this, you'll leave with an understanding of effective classroom teaching and how to put ideas and research into practice. You’ll learn how to adapt in an ever-changing classroom environment so you can make a difference in the educational, social, emotional and behavioral well-being of students.

illustration of Carver Hall

Our education programs:

  • 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

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.

Annual Reporting Measures

You already have the heart. Let us show you how to inspire.

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.

Greetings from the College of Education (COE) at Bloomsburg University! We are a supportive community committed to the growth of our students, our colleagues, and ourselves. In recent years, the COE has built on its proud tradition of preparing excellent teachers by offering new courses of study like American Sign Language/English interpreting, school counseling, college student affairs, and child life specialist — all focused on increasing the potential for people to flourish.

To encourage growth, we constantly seek ways to support each other and our community partners. Our COE faculty and staff are passionate and caring, and every day demonstrate creative persistence in their work as advisors, instructors, and colleagues.

Our community is an inclusive one that seeks to identify and eliminate inequities that are obstacles to growth. We realize that the educators, interpreters, counselors, and administrators we prepare will immediately impact the students, clients, and teachers with whom they will work. We aim to ensure that skills and knowledge included in our programs are supported by the most recent research, and we work to demonstrate for our students a mindset of continuous growth.

We are also proud to be the home of the McDowell Institute, a renowned and important resource which supports social, emotional, and behavioral wellness across school and community settings. The presence of the McDowell Institute allows us to integrate numerous unique valued-added experiences into many of our programs.

Regardless of your reason for visiting today, we hope you’ll take some time to explore some of our 30+ degrees, minors, certificates, and endorsements. Should you have any questions, please email us at

Amy Eitzen

Go Huskies!

Amy M. Eitzen, Ed.D., Interim Dean

College of Education

Become the teacher your students will never forget.

Professional Dispositions

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.

Embrace Diversity

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 Bloomsburg 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.

Megan Canfield

There was always something in me telling me to be a teacher. It's hard to pinpoint the exact moment when I knew, but it was definitely confirmed when I started the Danville Practicum. Having the opportunity to work with such great professionals and students really helped to validate I'm on the path I wanted to be on. This experience has also allowed me to work with students with disabilities and get a look into special education services, classrooms, and teachers.

Megan Canfield '22
Early Childhood and Special Education
Laura Lavin

I choose this major because of my background growing up with a conductive hearing loss and the passion of always wanting to be a teacher. Bloomsburg has prepared me to be the best teacher I can be before going out into the real world.

Laura Lavin '21
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
Jenna Beiter

Bloomsburg's education program prepared me to be the teacher I aspire to be by ensuring experience in the classroom from freshman year through senior year. It's been incredibly beneficial to observe and participate in various classroom settings over the years as well as learn 'behind the scenes' tips from these amazing educators.

Jenna Beiter '22
Early Childhood and Special Education
Early childhood elementary education major ready for graduation

I’ve been prepared through observations, practicum experience, and student teaching. I’ve seen many different environments of teaching, all different than the next. All environments have inspired me to become the best educator I can, all thanks to Bloomsburg.

Cassidy Larkin '21
Early Childhood and Special Education
Secondary education major studies abroad in Spain

By studying abroad in Spain, I now have a greater understanding of how the relationship between different cultures and religions can change over time. I hope to be a history teacher who's not only knowledgeable of other cultures and perspectives, but one who actively encourages multiculturalism and tolerance in my classroom.

Anthony Gresoi '20
Secondary Education
Laura Lavin
Jenna Beiter
Early childhood elementary education major ready for graduation
Secondary education major studies abroad in Spain
Megan Canfield
Secondary education guides a middle school student through a lesson in Benton

Department of Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning develops education majors into responsible educators who provide a safe, caring and effective classroom environment for their future students. It also provides teacher candidates with a strong foundation of research-proven teaching methods in specific subject and discipline areas to effectively prepare their future students for the next step of their lives.

Bloomsburg University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in education, recently hosted a free “Pop-Up Playday” for children 12 and younger

Department of Exceptionality Programs

The Department of Exceptionality Programs develops students into transforming educators and interpreters who not only effectively manage constant change but also meet the individualized needs of their future students and adults.

The McDowell Institute is dedicated to supporting the facilitation of social, emotional, and behavioral wellness of children, youth, and young adults across school and community settings.

McDowell Institute

The McDowell Institute is dedicated to supporting the facilitation of social, emotional, and behavioral wellness of children, youth, and young adults across school and community settings. This mission is accomplished through training, technical assistance, and information dissemination.

College of Education Contacts