Early Childhood/Elementary Education (PK-4)
Why Study Early Childhood/Elementary Education (PK-4)
At Ship, we want only the best students to enter teaching, so our admission standards are high. Those who successfully complete the program will be qualified to apply for a PK-4 teacher certificate, which makes graduates eligible to teach in pre-school through fourth grade classrooms. This program combines the general education curriculum with a foundation of teacher education that prepares you to teach in developmentally appropriate ways to meet the needs of young students.
Why Study Early Childhood/Elementary Education (PK-4) at Ship
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. The Early Childhood/Elementary Education program at Shippensburg University 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 you 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 teachers teach the lab school classes. The curriculum reflects the best developmental and educational practices. Lessons demonstrate how to apply the most current educational techniques.
The Bartos Child and Family Center, located in the same facility as Luhrs Elementary, provides an opportunity to engage with children ages one through five.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
The average salary for early childhood/elementary education teachers in PA is $35,000.