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Bachelor of Science in Education in

Elementary/Middle Level Education (4 – 8)

Effective teachers are vitally important to the future of our communities and nation. 

At Ship, we want only the best students to enter teaching, so our admission standards are high. Those who successfully complete the program are qualified to apply for a PK-4 teacher certificate, which makes graduates eligible to teach in pre-school through fourth grade classrooms. In this program, students have the choice of selecting a concentration in one or two teaching areas. If two areas are selected, one of those areas MUST be math or science. The option areas are:

Option 1: (a) Math (b) Science (c) Social Studies (d) English/Language Arts 

Option 2: (a) Math & Science (b) Math & Social Studies (c) Math & English/Language Arts (d) Science & Social Studies (e) Science & English/Language Arts 

Shippensburg University has a rich heritage of preparing some of the finest teachers in the region. Our outstanding faculty is devoted to designing and teaching a demanding, relevant, philosophical and clinical curriculum. Our graduates have one of the highest pass rates on the Praxis teacher certification exams among the fourteen Pennsylvania state universities. Ship’s program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and meets high national standards of excellence.

The Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School provides a unique opportunity for Ship students to observe and participate in elementary school activities and classroom teaching experiences with children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Shippensburg University College of Education and Human Services faculty and Shippensburg Area School District educators teach the lab school classes. The curriculum reflects the best developmental and educational practices. Lessons demonstrate how to apply the most current educational techniques.

Hands-On Learning

The Shippensburg Education Association helps future educators develop an understanding and appreciation for the education profession. Students can join the Keystone State Reading Association to help promote literacy in local schools. Another great opportunity for education majors is the non-profit organization, Bridge for Kids that participates in tutoring local children, working with the parent and teacher organization (PTO) at Luhrs Elementary, and providing book fairs to underprivileged schools in the community.

Education Degree Requirements

All BS Education students must complete a total of 120 credit hours:

  • General Education Courses: All undergraduate students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Content areas for certification: Option 1 students take 30 credits in their teaching area and 12 credits in each of the other areas; Option 2 students take 21 credits in each of their teaching certification areas and 12 credits in the other two areas.
  • Professional Core Courses: Course descriptions, scheduling strategies, and the complete program curriculum are available on the 4-8 program page.
  • Clinical Field Experiences: Each set of field experience hours places students in formal classroom situations in which they have increasing responsibility for children, providing instruction, using educational strategies and techniques, taking on leadership roles within the school environment, and working with dedicated professionals in the field. Student teaching is the culminating field experience and occurs for one semester during the senior year. It involves a sixteen-week assignment at a 4-8 grade level in a school in south central Pennsylvania.

Career Outlook and Options

Completion of the Elementary Education undergrad program at PA’s Shippensburg University prepares students to obtain the certification required to teach in Pennsylvania’s public school system. Many graduates also go on to find work in private academies or as personal tutors. Others use their degree as a springboard to employment in social work, child and youth care, or other related fields.

The Application Process

Entry into the elementary education undergraduate degree program is highly competitive. GPA, SAT scores and extracurricular activities are all considered. Typically, a successful applicant will have a history of academic excellence and outstanding personal qualities as demonstrated through volunteerism, tutoring, participation in student government and more.

Begin your application by visiting the Admissions Department website today. We recommend that students entering their senior year of high school who are considering applying to any PA college for an elementary education degree begin early to secure a spot for the following year.

Visit Our Campus

Shippensburg University is located on a 200-acre campus in south central PA. Elementary Education majors will be part of an academic community where class sizes are small and collaboration is encouraged. Find out more by visiting us for a campus tour. Contact the Admissions Department for more information.