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2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Education Department

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The Teacher Education Department at Shippensburg University offers three teacher education curricula.  The present programs offered are:  Early Childhood/Elementary Education/PreK-4, Elementary/Middle Level Education:  Grades 4-8 and Special Education PreK-4 Dual.  The Early Childhood/Elementary Education/PreK-4 program and Mid-Level (9 different options) programs require 120 credit hours leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. On the other hand, the Special Education/Dual program requires 135 hours of coursework and experiences.  Also, an environmental education certificate program to teach environmental education (K-12) is offered to students who wish to complete additional coursework.  Teacher Education K-12 students seeking Pennsylvania certification should see requirements outlined in the College of Education and Human Services.

Note that some courses/programs required prerequisite courses that are may require candidates complete more than the minimum number of credits identified.

Students experience a standards-based curriculum that provides them with knowledge, skills and experiences needed to become highly effective educators.  The following student outcomes guide the development and delivery of the departments’ programs.

  • Content Knowledge Linked with Learner Development
  • Professional Standards Linked with Instructional Planning
  • Purposeful Pedagogy Linked with Classroom Environment
  • Assessment Outcomes Linked with a Systematic Analysis
  • Theory and Research Linked with Intentional Instruction
  • Diversity Linked Across All Stakeholders
  • Professional Dispositions Linked with Reflective Practice
  • Clinical Practice Linked with Professional Responsibilities

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to the Early/Childhood/Elementary Education:  PreK-4, Elementary/Middle Level Education:  Grades 4 to 8 or Special Education PreK-4 Dual are expected to maintain a quality point average of at least a 3.0 and earn a grade of C or higher in each course listed on the program planning sheet.

Faculty periodically review students’ social and academic progress and make recommendations for appropriate supportive actions if needed.

Teacher Education Program Gates

As candidates move through their identified program of study, there are a variety of ‘gates’ that guide candidate’s progress.  Detailed information on the “Gates and Status Levels” can be found at  https://www.ship.edu/contentassets/b0e8a0b6c64e4f78839627330dd818b3/gates_and_status_levels_matrix.pdf






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