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 community committed to the growth of our students, our colleagues, and ourselves. Our mission of educating the next generation of teachers is grounded in BU’s history as a teacher's college. In recent years that mission has expanded into new courses of study like American Sign Language/English interpreting, school counseling, college student affairs, and child life —all focused on increasing the potential for people to flourish.

To encourage growth in our community, we constantly seek ways to support each other—from developing new approaches to student advising to establishing an Equity in Education Committee. 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 also defined by its commitment to excellence. 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 also realize that context matters. Ours is an inclusive community that seeks to identify and eliminate inequities that are obstacles to growth. We believe that by interacting with people with diverse experiences and perspectives, we are all enriched.

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

Daryl Fridley

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Daryl E. Fridley, Dean

College of Education

Become the teacher your students will never forget.

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
Early Childhood/Deaf Ed/Hard of Hearing
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
Julia Krueger named top student in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

I have a strong passion for teaching young deaf children, because I communicate using American Sign Language and spoken English. My belief is we need deaf teachers to inspire families with deaf children and show them their children can do anything.

Julia Krueger '20
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
Early childhood elementary education major ready for graduation
Secondary education major studies abroad in Spain
Julia Krueger named top student in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education
Laura Lavin
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.

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