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CATALOG • 2009-2010


Education – Majors- Early Childhood, Middle Level Education (Freshman entering Fall 2009 or Later), Secondary Education Co-Major, Elementary Education (Transfer Students who will be student teaching before January 2013 only)

For information, contact Dr. Nancy King.

The education major prepares professional educators to meet the many challenges of the 21st century classroom. Prospective Early Childhood teacher (PreK-4) should major in Early Childhood Education.  Prospective (4-8) middle level teachers should major in Middle Level Education. They will also take required courses in two content areas.  Prospective secondary (7-12) teachers should co-major in secondary education while majoring in one of the following content areas: biology, chemistry, history or political science (citizenship), English, general science, mathematics or Spanish.
Prospective teachers may also pursue a dual certification in early childhood education/special education, middle level/special education or secondary/special education. Acceptance into the College does not constitute acceptance as a declared education major or co-major. All certification candidates must meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 Requirements as well as the liberal arts requirements of Cedar Crest  College.

Mission Statement of the Education Program

The Education major is committed to the preparation of education professionals who have the knowledge base,
skills and pedagogy that allow them to provide high-quality experiences for PreK-12 students. The Department seeks to prepare teachers to become active participants and to engage in the development of policies to improve the education of our nation’s children and adolescence. Teachers will learn to become advocates for both students and for the profession. Through partnerships with the local school districts, the community and the college, the department fosters the development of teachers who are role models who actively seek to increase their knowledge, expand their abilities and to work with a diverse population.

Admissions Credentials-Teacher Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education Chapter 354 regulation requires that all candidates for teacher certification have a cumulative grade-point average of a 3.0 for acceptance into the program. Furthermore, those seeking secondary teacher certification must have a 3.0 GPA in their major course work. Official transcripts from all colleges attended previous to Cedar Crest College must be submitted prior to receiving a statement of advanced standing.
Prospective teachers must also have six credits of college course work in mathematics; three credits in English composition; and three credits in American or British literature with a grade ofCor higher and no grade below a B in education courses prior to declaration (full acceptance) into the teacher certification program. Candidates teaching on emergency certifications issued by a school district must meet with the education department chair or his/her designee prior to registering for courses. (Please note, we are able to accommodate supervision of emergency certified teachers in the following school districts only: Allentown, Bethlehem Area, Catasauqua, East Penn, Nazareth Area, Northampton Area, Parkland, Salisbury, Saucon Valley, Southern Lehigh, and Whitehall-Coplay). Our student teachers also are placed in these districts.


Education Department Outcomes

The teacher candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) she/he teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  • The teacher candidate plans and presents instruction based on knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, national and PDE curriculum standards and district curriculum goals.
  • The teacher candidate understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning experiences that support their intellectual, physical, social and personal development.
  • The teacher candidate uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • The teacher candidate uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communications to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  • The teacher candidate understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learner needs.
  • The teacher candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
  • The teacher candidate understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  • The teacher candidate demonstrates reflection and self-evaluation, appropriate responses to supervision, and self direction in improving in competencies.
  • The teacher candidate demonstrates appropriate professionalism to support student well-being and learning through relationships with colleagues, parents, etc.

Elementary Education Major Checklist for Transfer Students

(Transferring at least 15 credits) (For Transfer Students who will student teach before January 2013 only)

Liberal Arts Education Requirements

College-Wide Course Requirements

  1. Writing - two credit-bearing classes
    WRI 100 College Writing or HON 122
    Freshman Scholars (WRI-1)
    (WRI-2)
  2. Arts (ART) – 6 cr. Total; one must be a 3 cr. course
    ART 110
    MUS 10
  3. Math & Logic (ML) – 6 cr. Total; one must be a college level math course
    MAT 202
  4. Ethics (ETH) - 3 cr.
  5. Natural Science (SCI) – two credit-bearing classes, one must be a lab-based course
  6. Humanities (HUM) – 6 cr.
    U.S. History course
    American or British Literature
  7. Social Science (SS) – 6 cr.
    Lifespan OR Child Psychology
  8. Global Studies (GS)- 3 cr.
    ECO 222

Major Requirements

College-level writing course 3 credits
College-level math courses 6 credits
MAT 202 Mathematics for Elementary Education; [must be taken at Cedar Crest  3 credits
MAT___ College-level math course 3 credits
American or British Literature course 3 credits
U.S. History course 3 credits
Lifespan/child psychology course 3 credits
EDU 100 American Education 3 credits
Students must complete a total of 24 credits including the above courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 with no grade below a “C” in liberal arts courses and a grade of “B” or better in education courses to declare the major.  The Praxis PPST tests and Fundamental Subjects Content Knowledge Test must be passed in order to apply to student teach.

Other Required Courses for the Elementary Education Major
Two Science Courses, one in biology and one in physical science
(one must include a lab component) 7 credits
Plus:
ART 110 Principles of Visual Organization 3 credits
MUS 101 Experiencing Music or equivalent 3 credits
ECO 222 Economic Geography 3 credits

**Policy on assessment of oral/written communication is located in the student handbook on pages 7 & 8.

Professional Courses
EDU 150 Educational Planning 3 credits; (may be taken with EDU 100)
EDU 151 Field Experience I: Elementary; 1 credits (co-req. EDU 150)
EDU 200 Educational Psychology 3 credits; (may be taken with EDU 100)
EDU 311 Literacy I; 3 credits; (EDU 150, 151)
EDU 312 Literacy II; 3 credits; (EDU 311)
EDU 313 Field Experience II; 1 credit; (Co-requisite EDU 312)
EDU 306 Technology for Educators; 3 credits; (EDU 150; see department chair for exemption by  portfolio information)
EDU 308 Integrating the Arts; 3 credits (EDU 311 and 3 credits in the arts)
EDU 317 CALE for Science in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom; 3 credits (EDU 312)
EDU 319 CALE for Social Studies in the Elementary and Middle School; 3 credits (EDU 312)
EDU 321 Field Experience III: Elementary; 1 credit (Co-req. EDU 317 or EDU 319)
EDU 332 CALE for Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle Schools; 3 credits (EDU 150; MAT 202)
EDU 359 Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students in the General Education Classroom; 3 credits (EDU 150, 312)
THS 335 Creative Drama in Education; 3 credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child; 3 credits (EDU 150)
SPE 344 Adaptations/Modifications for Exceptional Learner in General Education Classrooms; (EDU 150  and SPE 243) or
SPE 350 Teaching Students with Behavior and Learning Challenges; 3 credits (EDU 150 and  SPE 243)
SPE 345 Field Experience IV; 1 credit (co-req. SPE 344 or SPE 350)
SPE 347 Classroom Management; 3 credits ( EDU 150 and SPE 243)
EDU 372 Student Teaching: Elementary Schools; 9 credits (Capstone)
EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar; 3 credits (Capstone)


Please note: Students who do not pass assessment of oral/written communication proficiencies in the English language appropriate for teaching in the elementary grades as determined by classroom performance and the evaluation of cooperating mentor teachers in field experiences will be asked to take additional courses to meet basic competencies in English communication.

ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA. 6/09

Requirements for Special Education Certification as Add-on Certification for Elementary Education Majors (This is for Transfer Students Who Will Student Teach Before January 2013 Only)

Students complete all of the courses for the elementary major plus the following courses:
EDU314 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
EDU315 Field Experience II: Secondary 1 credit
SPE 243 Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 333 Psycho-Educational Testing for Teachers 3 credits
SPE 344 Adaptations and Modifications for the Exceptional Child
in the General Education Classroom 3 credits
SPE 346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE 347 Classroom Management 3 credits
SPE 348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
EDU359 Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Teaching
Exceptional Students Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse 3 credits
SPE 350 Teaching Children with Learning and Behavior Challenges 3 credits
SPE 375 Special Education Internship 3 credits


Requirements for the Secondary Education Co-Major

EDU100 American Education 3 credits
EDU150 Educational Planning 3 credits
EDU151 Field Experience I: Secondary 1 credit
EDU200 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU306 Technology for Educators 3 credits
(Biology, Chemistry and General Science majors are exempted)
EDU314 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
EDU315 Field Experience II: Secondary 1 credit
THS 335 Creative Drama in Education 3 credits
EDU346 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences
for Secondary Science and Mathematics 3 credits
or
EDU347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences
for Secondary Social Studies 3 credits
or
EDU348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences
for Secondary English 3 credits
or
EDU349 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences
for K-12World Language 3 credits
EDU350 Field Experience III: Secondary 1 credit
EDU359 Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Culturally
and Linguistically Diverse Students in the General Education
ClassroomK-12 3 credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 344 Adaptations/Modifications for the Exceptional Learner
In General Education Classrooms 3 credits
or
SPE 350 Teaching Students with Behavioral and Learning Challenges 3 credits
SPE 345 Field Experience IV 1 credit
SPE 347 Classroom Management 3 credits
EDU373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
EDU374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

Elective Course:
EDU308 Integrating the Arts Across the Elementary and Middle
School Curriculum 3 credits

Other Required Courses:
MAT-XXX 3 credits
MAT-XXX 3 credits
WRI-100 3 credits
ENG-XXX [ Any American or British Literature course] 3 credits

For students seeking certification in Spanish
ENG302 Linguistics 3 credits

Requirements for Secondary/Special Education Certification
(This list is for transfer student who will student teach before January 2013 ONLY.)
Students complete all of the Courses for the Secondary Co-Major plus the following courses:
EDU311 Literacy I 3 credits
EDU312 Literacy II 3 credits
EDU313 Field Experience II: Elementary 1 credit
EDU332 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for
Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School 3 credits
EDU359 Curriculum, Assessment and Instructional Strategies for Teaching
Exceptional Students Who Are Culturally and Linguistically Diverse 3 credits
SPE 243 Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 333 Psycho-Educational Testing for Teachers 3 credits
SPE 344 Adaptations and Modifications for the Exceptional Child
in the General Education Classroom 3 credits
SPE 346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE 347 Classroom Management 3 credits
SPE 348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPE 350 Teaching Children with Learning and Behavior Challenges 3 credits
SPE 375 Special Education Practicum 3 credits