Graduate Profile
Juan Enriquez '01

Juan is an eighth grade teacher and graduate of the education program.

Watch Juan's story »

Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) Major

The undergraduate early childhood education major will prepare you as a professional educator to teach in grades PreK-4, facing the realities of the 21st century classroom. You will be instructed by a knowledgeable and experienced faculty: All full-time and adjunct faculty members in the education department at Cedar Crest are certified teachers and have at least 5 to 7 years of teaching experience in K-12 classrooms.

This program leads to Level I certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The teacher preparation program at Cedar Crest College is grounded in a strong liberal arts foundation that is aimed at providing our future teachers with a strong background in academic content-area knowledge.

If you wish, you may pursue a dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education (PreK-8). Dual certification is an option that is designed to make the new graduate even more marketable as an elementary teacher.

Program Highlights

  • The opportunity to participate in pre-teaching experiences in urban and suburban settings, beginning year one of your studies, including one experience in a special education setting.
  • Faculty members who provide a strong mentoring and support system, helping you select and schedule classes. Also, when you student-teach, your supervisor will go into the classroom with you and provide you with weekly feedback.
  • Guaranteed student-teaching placement in a local school district.
  • Our superior reputation in school districts in the Lehigh Valley means that students who graduate from Cedar Crest are considered as strong candidates for future employment.

Course Requirements

A major in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Certification requires 122 or 123 credits, which fall into two categories:

  • Early Childhood Courses: 49 or 50 credits
  • Professional Courses: 73 credits

Click on the boxes below to see the courses required to complete this major.