Elementary/Middle Level Education (4 – 8)
Why Study Elementary/Middle Level Education
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 teaching certificate in the area the choose to concentrate in, which makes graduates eligible to teach in fourth through eighth grade classrooms.
Why Study Elementary/Middle Level Education 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. Ship’s program is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and meets high national standards of excellence.
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.
Career Opportunities and Salary Estimates
Completion of the Elementary Education undergraduate program at Shippensburg University prepares students to obtain the certification required to teach in PA’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 average salary for Elementary Education jobs in PA is $42,000.