Early Childhood Elementary Education

Our recent graduates have high employment rates. More than 75% of last year’s graduates have full-time jobs in education. 

As a DeSales student, you’ll experience the newest educational technology, you’ll master assessment and decision-making, and you’ll hone your skills through practical fieldwork.

We boast a supportive environment and network of help.  During your freshman year, you can take study skill classes to build a foundation of success. And education faculty are here to help with their open-door policy, or stop into to the department’s resource lab.

PA Certification Track: leads to Pennsylvania teacher certification Pre-K­–4.

Career Track: leads to degree for careers in early childhood centers, day cares, social agencies, and for-profit or private schools.

Clinical Field Experience and Student Teaching

Successful completion of the clinical field experience components of the early childhood elementary education program are necessary for admittance to student teaching and/or certification. A minimum of 190 hours of clinical field experiences required prior to student teaching per PDE.

Once candidates have completed all courses within the professional sequence, they are ready to student teach. Student teaching is offered in four separate courses during the final semester of senior year within a public or nonpublic school. No other course work is permitted during student teaching and candidates may not enroll in EE 430, EE 432, EE 434, or EE 436 unless they have fulfilled all the requirements mentioned above and have been formally accepted into the Professional Educator Program.

Candidates for the Early Childhood Elementary Education Certification are placed in two, seven-week, settings during this 14-week full-time experience

Study Abroad

Have you ever wanted to spend time in Australia, England, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, or Spain? Thanks to our very special partnerships with universities in those countries, you'll have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at the same cost as a term at DeSales.

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