Get ready to make a world of difference, teaching students in grades PreK-4. PennWest University’s comprehensive teacher training program is rooted in the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). It provides you with a competitive advantage in early childhood education, elementary education, human development and learning.
You’ll learn from highly qualified teachers who are also experienced PreK-4 teachers. They will help you explore child development and its impact in the early learning years. Through carefully designed coursework, extensive field experiences and a full semester of student teaching, you’ll gain insights into early childhood education and best practices in the classroom. Along the way you will build a professional, electronic portfolio that will impress future employers.
You will also receive the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Integrative STEM Education Endorsement. This valuable credential provides you with a competitive advantage and documents your ability to integrate science, technology, engineering and math concepts into the early childhood and elementary education curricula.
Upon successful completion of your bachelor’s degree, you will be eligible to sit for a qualifying exam and earn a Pennsylvania teaching certificate for pre-Kindergarten to grade 4.
Accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), which promotes excellence through quality assurance and continuous improvement.
Put theory into practice by completing one semester of student teaching in addition to field experience in at least two grade levels.
PennWest University has a legacy of excellence, providing the highest quality teacher education since 1857.
There’s a steady demand for well-qualified PreK and elementary school teachers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be approximately 120,300 job openings for these teachers each year, over the next decade. Many of these openings will result from workers who transfer to different occupations, or who leave the workforce for retirement and other reasons. Salaries for teachers vary from district to district and can be based on your credentials, but the annual median salary for elementary teachers in 2021 was $61,400.
In addition to teaching in the classroom, PennWest alumni are finding success as workers, owners or directors in childcare facilities, in organizations that provide children and youth services, as remediation or substitute teachers, and as curriculum authors.
PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.