Teacher education within the liberal arts setting:
- Education courses connect with and draw from such varied disciplines as psychology, history, mathematics and theatre and dance.
- Our department members have close working relationships with faculty in other disciplines.
- The department and college believe teaching is more than test scores and data.
- Fieldwork and student teaching placements are made directly by our department faculty.
- Field placements are tailored to offer a rich and varied experience over the course of the program.
- Opportunities to conduct research and take independent studies with our faculty.
- Each student’s educational program is unique by combining a teaching certificate program with a major, double major or major and minor.
- Fieldwork experiences begin after the introductory course and continue for the remainder of the program.
- Experiences cover a range of settings, including urban and suburban schools, across grade levels (but within your certification area), special education and regular education and English Language Learner classrooms.
- All education students are assigned a professor in our department as their education advisor and meet with them at least once a semester.
- Students ask their advisor about the program and plan their course sequence; advisors keep careful track of student progress and growth.
- Students and advisors form close relationships over the course of the program.
- Our program encourages and is supportive of many extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.
- Many education students take advantage of study abroad, as well as double major and minor opportunities.
- Education students participate in interscholastic and intramural sports and engage in community service and religious life.
- Our alumni are regularly recruited by public schools in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.
- Our alumni complete advanced degrees at highly respected schools of education, including Bank Street, Michigan State University, Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania.