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This degree program enables students to complete all the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (Pre-K through 4 teaching option) at the Lehigh Valley campus, and to meet the requirements for the Instructional I certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Education students at Penn State Lehigh Valley are provided with many resources for success including:
  • Small class sizes and flexible schedules
  • Field experience beginning in the first year and culminating with student teaching
  • Professional Resource Room to create instructional materials
  • Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society

Lehigh Valley is the only Penn State campus where graduates of this major obtain English as a

Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification, providing a competitive edge when

applying for teaching positions.


 Childhood and Early Adolescent Education
 at Penn State Lehigh Valley

courses include...

  • Infant and Child Development
  • Language, Culture, and the Classroom
  • Foundations of Inclusive Special Education
  • Teaching Science in the Elementary School


  • Preparation for required examinations including Pearson PAPA tests

Your job title
could be...

  • Pre-Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Teacher
  • ESL Specialist
  • Child Care Center Director

Academic Plan

Recommended Academic Plans provide the possible order of courses students might follow as they pursue a particular degree. RAPs are proposed schedules only. Individual student's schedules might look different if -- in consultation with an academic adviser -- the student has created a different plan. Care should be taken when changing the order of courses, as the RAP takes into account prerequisites and course controls. Changing the other of a RAP might be in the student's best interests and can occur with an adviser's guidance. For the final work regarding the courses needed for graduation in a particular major, all students should consult the University Bulletin and their degree audit.

Recommended Academic Plan for Childhood and Early Adolescent Education


For additional information about this program, schedule an appointment with:

Dr. Debra Miller
Director of Education Programs

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