Elementary Education (Pre K - 4) with Special Education (Pre K - 8) Courses

Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Principles of Management (SBU 180)

Process of management in both profit and non-profit organizations. Emphasis on major functions of management, with decision-making as integral part of each, including planning, organizing, leading, staffing and training, development, and marketing. Fall and spring semesters and ADP sessions 1, 2, 3, and 5. 3 credits.

Organizational Leadership (SCA 280)

Study of various types of groups, leadership, problem-solving approaches, performance appraisal, conflict resolution, decision-making strategies, and nonverbal communication skills to facilitate small and large group effectiveness. Spring semester and ADP session 3. 3 credits. Fee.

Found'ns of Education & School Law (SED 110)

This is an introductory course stressing the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, philosophy, history, psychology, law, and sociology of education. Certification, school law, foundations, current issues, trends in special education and vocational technical education, and other topics related to the teaching profession are introduced. Student experiences culminate in the development of a personal philosophy of education and observations in an area school to provide an opportunity for a special investigation of the profession. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Prin. of Instructional Technologies (SED 118)

General information for teachers on integrating modern technology in PreK-12 classrooms. The use of current equipment, assistive technology, computer programs, Web 2.0 applications, and mobile technology to enhance teaching and learning in both traditional and online classes are explored and evaluated. Fall and spring semesters, online in J-term. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Teaching Strategies PreK to Grade 4 (SED 202)

This course presents the learning theories, teaching and learning approaches of early childhood education, the Pennsylvania and NAEYC professional code of ethics, and the skills necessary to succeed in meeting the needs of young children. Instructional content and diverse approaches in early childhood education are presented. Discussions of early literacy, spiritual development, discipline, diversity, anti-bias strategies, and family relationships. Emphasis on NAEYC’s developmentally appropriate practices. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Intro to Exceptional Children (SED 205)

Educational philosophies and instructional strategies for children with special needs. Topics focus on specific characteristics of various disabilities, cultural and language barriers, gifted and talented, current legislation, inclusion strategies, and current issues in the field. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Typical & Atypical Growth Develop (SED 206)

Examines human development from conception through adolescence. Typical and atypical physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children, development in areas of physical, sensory, and motor development, atypical behavior, and mental health issues as they relate to and impact children with and without special needs are presented. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, online. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies I (SED 208)

Examines the characteristics and causes of high incidence disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, learning needs, instructional strategies, programming, assessment practices, transition, research, and current practices. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Characteristics and Strategies II (SED 209)

Examines the causes and characteristics of individuals with severe and profound disabilities. Emphasis is placed on identification, legal issues, programming, assessment, instructional models, transition, research, and promising practices. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED205. Spring semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Science and Health (SED 223)

This course includes the Pennsylvania Academic Standards, trends, materials, state standards, and approaches for the teaching of science/health concepts and processes in elementary education. Active engagement in science/health experiments/presentations and procedures within a laboratory approach and inclusion strategies for students with physical disabilities are presented. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED202. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Social Studies (SED 224)

Lesson planning for the teacher of elementary social studies, based on Pennsylvania Academic Standards, is stressed. Instructional techniques for the teaching of history, geography, civics, and economics to diverse learners receive major focus. Focus is on professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and inclusion strategies for students with emotional and behavioral disabilities. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED202. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Teaching English Language Learners (SED 227)

Prepares instructors for teaching students who speak English as a second language. Research theories and practical applications are presented in preparing Pre-K to 12 instructors including: a survey of research in the linguistic, psychologial, and sociolinguistic aspects of second language acquisition, instructional strategies, and appropriate assessments. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Art, Music, and Movement (SED 235)

Creative drama and the value of play in early childhood education by enhancing artistic sensitivity through art and music, developing self-awareness, and integrating mental and physical activity are examined. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED 202. Fall and spring semesters, J-Term. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Parent and Family Conferencing (SED 240)

The effect of a child on a family is investigated. Students acquire knowledge and skills in involving parents in the educational development of programs for their children. The course is designed to develop effective techniques for conferencing, problem-solving, and establishing good working relationships with (para-)professionals and with parents/family members of children and the involvement of community resources. Writing Intensive course. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED 205. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Practicum: Pre K to Grade 4 (SED 300)

This is a field experience for those pursuing Pre-K to Grade 4 certification. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Students work in area school classrooms one day per week per term. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Practicum:Multiculturalism (SED 305)

A pre-service 15 hour practicum experience for students in districts that have a diverse (ethnically, racially, and economically) student body. Students observe, tutor, and co-teach in a diverse environment. This course is required for candidates in all certification areas. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED201 or SED202. Pass/Fail only. Repeatable for credit. Fall and spring semesters, and J-term. 1 credit. Fee.

1 Credit.

Language Development (SED 312)

Explores the development of language and literacy in the pre-K child. Comparison of theoretical aspects of language and literacy to practical school-based situations. Development of spoken language emphasized: syntactic, morphological, phonological, semantic, and pragmatic components of language. Authentic assessment of language development, strategies for teaching vocabulary to young students, learning ways to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse students, and supporting the oral language development of all students are addressed. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisites: SED202 and SED206. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Mathematics (SED 321)

For the teacher of elementary math, this course focuses on the investigation of current issues, curriculum models and approaches, assessment and instructional practices, professional organizations, and literature for teaching mathematics to meet the needs of diverse elementary learners including students with high incidence disabilities. Emphasis is on approaches and materials for effective instruction and evaluation according to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment required. Pre- or co-requisites: SED202 and SMA100. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Learning to Read (SED 325)

This course focuses on the examination and application of current research-based strategies for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills to young children. Emphasis is on selecting, implementing, and adapting effective instructional strategies, curriculum resources, and technologies to meet the needs of diverse learners including students with learning disabilities. Communicating effectively with parents/guardians, lesson planning, development of instructional materials, children’s literature, and assessment based on national and Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards are emphasized. Field experience is a required component of this course. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Prerequisite: SED202. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Reading in Secondary Content Area (SED 327)

This course prepares students to adapt secondary content area reading course materials to accommodate students with diverse disabilities and learning difficulties in order to facilitate their learning of the content area curriculum based on Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards. Application of current methods and materials for assisting these students as they read, study, and learn in the secondary school content area are presented. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment required. Prerequisite: SED201. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Reading to Learn (SED 328)

Learning to read, reading to learn, and reading assessment; comprehension strategies; reading instruction; and integration of computer technology are addressed. Methods and materials needed to promote reading achievement in content subjects by the early childhood classroom teacher based on Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards are presented. Field experiences required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for Basic Skills Assessment required. Prerequisite: SED202. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Assessment (SED 335)

Designed to prepare prospective teachers to actively participate in the assessment process. All methods of assessment are examined. Students are given instruction in the effective construction and proper use of tests and the legal issues surrounding assessment. Prerequisite: SED205. Corequisite: SED432 or permission of instructor. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Classroom Management (SED 340)

Techniques and strategies for managing student behavior in the classroom. Special emphasis on the techniques and strategies most effective with students who are behaviorally disordered. Effective parent conferencing techniques are emphasized. Field component required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessmentt required. Prerequisite: SED205. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Child Care Administration (SED 362)

The course examines studies of and experiences in the planning and administration of developmentally appropriate early care and education programs. Topics covered include developing leadership and communication skills for effectively administering and supervising an early care program, creating policies and procedures, explaining legal issues which impact programs, interviewing and hiring new personnel, conducting professional development for staff and families, managing change, and planning and evaluating fiscal responsibilities. Twenty practicum hours are required. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification form) required. Prerequisites: SED202 and SED206. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Pre Student Teaching Clinical Lab (SED 432)

Lesson planning and execution, based on Pennsylvania Academic Common Core Standards, are stressed in this class. Participants utilize a diverse array of pedagogy for diverse audiences in their micro-teaching. They engage in critical assessment of teaching performances. Exposure to professionals and professional organizations, the use of curricular materials and technology, and discussion of ethical behavior and classroom management complete the course. Prerequisite: Admission into the Education Program with evidence of passing scores for the Basic Skills Assessment. Corequisite SED335. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters, J-term. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Student Teaching (SED 433)

This course is a seven-week student teaching experience. (See SED434 for full description.) This course is for those seeking dual certification only. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; passing scores on Basic Skills Assessment; and approval of Education faculty. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Corequisite: SED435 for all; SED436 is also a co-requisite for PreK-4 majors. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 6 credits. Fee. Repeatable for credit.

12 Credits.

Student Teaching Seminar (SED 435)

This is a seminar that emphasizes the professional responsibilities found in the companion course, the student teaching experience SED433 or SED434. The Pennsylvania Code of Ethical Behavior is examined in depth. Additionally, issues such as mandated reporting for child abuse, first aid issues and other classroom health care concerns, job search strategies, professional portfolio development, and classroom management comprise the topics for discussion in this course. Prerequisites: Completion of all courses required for certification; “B-” or better in SED201 or SED202, and SED432; cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better; and approval of Education faculty. Corequisite: SED433 or SED434. Permission required. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

Sr Synthesis in Erly Child & Sp Ed (SED 436)

This capstone course integrates theory, research, and practice in education (PreK to Grade 4 and Special Education) with the liberal arts knowledge base. Contemporary issues confronting education, best practice research, and inclusive principles of education are reviewed. The student's e-portfolio, resume, and career plan are completed. Pass/Fail only. Fall and spring semesters. 1 credit.

1 Credit.

American Literature 1800-1915 (SEL 266)

Explores a diverse body of nineteenth-century literature, including fiction, poetry, narrative, and essays, written in different regions of the United States by men and women of various cultural groups. Works of the American literary renaissance are studied alongside writing from other traditions, such as Native American autobiography, African American narrative, and women’s fiction. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

American Literature 1915 to Present (SEL 267)

Traces the emergence of multiple perspectives in twentieth century U.S. literature. Examines the ways fiction, poetry, and drama represent an increasing diversity of voices, with an emphasis on contemporary novels by writers from various cultural groups. Prerequisite: SEL106 or SEL107. Spring semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Cont American Lit for Children (SEL 269)

Introduction to novels and picture books for elementary school-aged children, with emphasis on presenting such books in the classroom, encouraging a love of reading, and addressing geographic, cultural, and socioeconomic differences through books. Fulfills literature requirement for teaching certification candidates. Fall semester. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 1 (SMA 100)

Topics include problem-solving, set theory, number theory, numeration systems, and algebra review. Particular emphasis is placed on the successive development of real numbers and the employment of electronic resources. The first course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite knowledge: This course requires a working knowledge of elementary algebra. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

Structure of the Number System 2 (SMA 102)

Topics include geometry, counting methods, probability, statistics, logic, and consumer mathematics. Particular emphasis is placed on problem-solving strategies and the employment of electronic resources. The second course in a sequence of two mathematics courses designed for students who are pursuing teacher certification in areas other than secondary mathematics. Prerequisite: SMA100. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Make Money Matter (SMA 104)

Through the use of quantitative skills and critical thinking case studies, students develop personal financial competency in personal finance. Includes financial goals and approaches to spending, saving, protecting, and investing financial resources to use now and in the future. Satisfies the Mathematics requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall and spring semesters. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Infancy,Childhood,Adolescence & Lab (SPY 225)

The study of human physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development from conception through adolescence. Includes observation and analysis of children’s behavior at the campus Child Development Center. Tubercular check, Act 33 Child Abuse, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 114 FBI Federal Criminal History Record, and PDE-6004 (Arrest or Conviction Report and Certification Form) required. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 4 in even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)

Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Interpersnl. Rel: Marriage & Family (SPY 316)

Analysis of the cultural forms, social changes, and human behavior occurring in the American family in transition; study of alternate life styles and relationships. Fall semester in even-numbered years and ADP session 2 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Parenting (SPY 355)

Addresses issues of the child/parent relationship and the impact of today's culture on child rearing. Fall semester odd years. 3 credits.

Race, Class, and Gender (SSO 200)

Reviews research on cultural definitions of race, class, and gender and their consequences for social life; institutional stratification and efforts to reduce inequalities; and attempts to revise the meaning of race, class, and gender in American culture. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Law and Society (SSO 385)

Reviews philosophies of law and visions of social justice developed over the course of American history. Considers the role laws have played in promoting and impeding democracy and equality. Focuses on pivotal and controversial laws and cases such as Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years, and ADP session 3, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Social Welfare (SSW 210)

An examination of the historical and contemporary social purposes, values, and policies of the institution of social welfare. Considers the social, political, and economic origins and consequences of societal provisions for economic security and social services. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

The Helping Relationship (SSW 271)

Introduces students to the social work skills of effective communication and engagement in working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of helping situations. Fall semester, and ADP session 4, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

View courses and full requirements for this program in the current course catalog.

View Course Catalog