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.
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.
The average salary for early childhood/elementary education teachers in PA is $35,000.
All Education majors 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.
- Early Childhood/Elementary PK-4 Courses: Course descriptions, scheduling strategies, and the complete program curriculum are available on the PK-4 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 teaching assignment at a PK-4 grade level school in south central Pennsylvania.
The Shippensburg Education Association helps future educators develop an understanding and appreciation for the education profession. You 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 school in the community and many more.