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CATALOG • 2010-2011

Education Majors

Early Childhood Education, Middle Level Education, and Secondary Education Co-Major

For information, contact Dr. Nancy King.

The education major prepares professional educator to meet the many challenges of the 21st century classroom. Prospective Early Childhood teachers (PreK-4) should major in Early Childhood Education. Prospective middle level teachers (grades 4 - 8) should select two content areas and major in Middle Level Education. Middle level teacher candidates will take required courses in the selected 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 teacher 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 Education 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 adolescents. Teachers will learn to become advocates for 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 and who actively seek to increase their knowledge, expand their abilities, and work with a diverse student 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 (GPA) of 3.0 for acceptance into the program. Teacher candidates seeking secondary teacher certification must have a 3.0 GPA in their major course work. In order to be considered for a statement of advanced standing, the teacher candidate must submit official transcripts from all colleges attended previous to Cedar Crest College.
Prospective teachers are required to take six credits of college course work in mathematics; three credits in English composition; and three credits in American or British literature and earn a grade of C or higher in these courses. Prior to declaration of major (full acceptance) into the teacher certification program, all grades in education courses must be a B or higher. Transfer students must consult with a representative of the education department to review program requirements.

Education Department Outcomes

The teacher candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) 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, district curriculum goals, and national and PDE curriculum standard.
  •  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 to improve teaching  competencies.
  • The teacher candidate demonstrates integrity, ethical behavior and professional conduct and establishes positive collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents, etc.

Requirements for the Secondary Education Co-Major

EDU 100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondarty Education 3 credits
EDU 150 Educational Planning 3 credits
EDU 151 Field Experience I  1 credit
EDU 200 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU 306 Technology for Educators 3 credits (Biology, Chemistry and General Science
               majors are exempted)
EDU 314 Adolescent Literacy 3 credits
EDU 315 Field Experience II: Middle Level and Secondary 1 credit
EDU 335 Creative Drama in Education     3 credits
EDU 346 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Science 
               and Mathematics 3 credits
or
EDU 347 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary Social
               Studies 3 credits
or
EDU 348 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for Secondary English
               3 credits
or
EDU 349 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for K-12 World
               Language 3 credits
EDU 350 Field Experience III: Secondary 1 credit
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students 3 credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the   
              Exceptional Child 3 credits
or
SPE 350 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities 3  
              credits
SPE 345 Field Experience IV  1 credit
SPE 320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
EDU 373 Student Teaching: Secondary Schools 9 credits
EDU 374 Professional Education Seminar 3 credits

Elective Course:
EDU 308 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
ENG-303 Linguistics and the Development of the English Language   3 credits

Requirements for Secondary/Special Education Add-On Certification
 
Students complete all of the Courses for the Secondary Co-Major plus the following courses:
EDU 311 Literacy I 3 credits
EDU 312 Literacy II 3 credits
EDU 313 Field Experience II: Elementary 1 credit
EDU 332 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences for 
              Mathematics in the Elementary and Middle School 3 credits
EDU 359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3  
              credits
SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 333 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development for Teachers 3 credits
SPE 344 Adaptations and Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional
              Child 3 credits
SPE 346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE 347 Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavorial          
              Disabilities 3 credits
SPE 348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPE 350 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities        
              3 credits
SPE 375 Special Education Practicum 3 credits

Major in Early Childhood Education

Courses Required for the Early Childhood Education Major

Grades PreK - 4

 
WRI-100 Basic Composition (WRI-1) 3 credits
ENG-201 or ENG 220 American or British Literature (HUM) 3 credits
ENG-303 Linguistics and the Development of Human Language (HUM) 3 credits
MAT-202 Mathematics for the Early Childhood Teacher - Grades PreK - 4 (ML) 3 
               credits
MAT-110 Probability and Statistics (ML) 3 credits
HIS-121 Survey of U.S. History I (HUM) 3 credits
HIS-122 Survey of U.S. History II (HUM) 3 credits
PSC-211 The World Economy and Globalization (WRII) and (GS) 3 credits
ETL-235 Ethical Life (community service required) 3 credits
PSY-100 General Psychology (SS) 3 credits
PSY-250 Lifespan Development (prerequisite PSY- 100) 3 credits
SOC-100 Introduction to Culture and Society (SS) 3 credits
MUS-101 Experiencing Music: An Introduction (ART) 3 credits
DNC-102 Experiencing Movement (ART) 3 credits
ART-110 Principles of Visual Organization (ART) 3 credits
BIO-111 Concepts in Ecology &Environmental Issues (SCI) 4 credits

Select from one of the following Earth Science courses:
GSC-101 Earth Science I: Physical Geology (SCI) 4 credits
GSC-103 Earth Science III: Astronomy (SCI) 4 credits
GSC-104 Earth Science IV: Historical Geology (SCI)  3 credits
GSC-110Geology of the National Parks (SCI) 3 credits
 
Total credits for LAC and PDE major requirements: 52 or 53 credits
 
*Students must complete a total of 44 credits including the above courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 including no grade below a C in LAC courses and no grade below a B in Education courses, as well as meet all other requirements as outlined in the handbook. Students may declare their major after the completion of 24 credits. Students who do not pass the PPST tests may be required to take additional courses in order to pass these required tests.

Professional Courses

ECE-101 Introduction to Early Childhood Education 3 credits
ECE-301 Assessment in ECE I (prerequisite ECE 101, EDU 200, EDU150) 3 credits
ECE-302 Assessment in ECE II (prerequisite ECC -301) 3 credits
ECE-305 Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education 3 credits
ECE-307 Emergent Literacy (Pre-K-Grade 1) (prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits
EDU-141 Nutrition, Health and Safety 3 credits
EDU-150 Educational Planning 3 credits  
EDU-151 Field Experience I (co-req. EDU-150) 1 credit
EDU-200 Educational Psychology  3 credits 
EDU-311 Literacy I-Grades 2-4 (prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits
EDU-313 Field Experience II (co-req. EDU-311) 1 credit
EDU-306 Technology for Educators (prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits
EDU-308 Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum (prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits
EDU-317 Curriculum, Assessment, & Learning Experiences for Science for Early
               Childhood Educators (prerequisite EDU-311)  3 credits 
EDU-319 Curriculum, Assessment, & Learning Experiences for Social Studies for
               Early Childhood Educators (prequisite EDU-311)  3 credits
EDU-321 Field Experience III (prerequisite– EDU-317 or EDU-319)   1 credit
EDU-332 Curriculum, Assessment, & Learning Experiences for Mathematics for Early 
               Childhood Educators  (prerequisite EDU-150 and MAT-202) 3 credits
EDU-335 Creative Drama in Education 3 credits
EDU-340 Differentiated Reading Instruction for the Primary Grades 3 credits
               (prerequisite EDU-150, ECE 307, and EDU311)
EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits
EDU-372 Student Teaching: Early Childhood Education (prerequisite See Student
               Teaching Checklist)  9 credits
EDU-374 Professional Seminar 3 credits
SPE-243 The Exceptional Child (prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits
SPE-345 Field Experience IV (co-requisite SPE-243) 1 credit
SPE 320 Teaching Studetns with Learning Disabilities  3 credits 
SPE-344 Adaptations and Accommodations for the Exceptional Child 3 credits
              (prerequisite EDU-150 and SPE-243)
  
Total = 76 credits
Total Credits for Early Childhood Education Major and Teacher Certification = 128 or 129 credits
 
*Students who are not proficient in oral/written communication in the English language as determined by classroom performance and the evaluation of cooperating mentor teachers in Field Experiences will be required to take additional courses to meet basic competencies in English communication.

  

Courses Required for Level I Certification in Special Education PreK - 8: CBPH/D (PreK-8)   Add On Certification 

Requirements for students who are Early Childhood Education Majors or who are working on or hold Level I or II Elementary or Early Childhood Education Certification. Special Education Certification as an undergraduate requires Dual Certification with Early Childhood Education.
 
Pre-requisites:
SPE-243 The Exceptional Child (Prerequisite EDU-150)  3 credits  
SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional  
              Child (Prerequisite EDU-150 and SPE-243)  3 credits  
SPE-310 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Developmand and 
              Intervention Approaches  (Prerequisites EDU-150 and SPE-243)   3 credits
EDU 315  Field Experience II Middle Level and Secondary  1 credit
 
Certification Courses:
SPE-333 Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development for Teachers 3 credits
SPE-346 Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits
SPE-347 Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavioral Disabilities
              3 credits
SPE-348 Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-315 Teaching Students with Pervasive Developmental Disorders 3 credits
SPE-320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-350 Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning
               Disabilities (Prerequisite SPE 243)  3 credits
EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students   3 credits
SPE-375 Practicum in Special Education 3 credits
 
 
**PENDING APPROVAL BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
  
Students must complete the certification requirements for Early Childhood Education certification (PreK-4) or Middle Level Education (4-8) certification to be eligible for Special Education PreK-8 certification. Students seeking certification in Special Education (CBPH/D ) will be required to take a second specialty test of the Praxis II.

  

Courses Required for Level I Certification in Special Education 7 - 12 CBPH/D   Add On Certification

Requirements for students who are Secondary Education Majors or who hold Level I or II Secondary Education Certification. Special Education Certification as an undergraduate requires Dual Certification with Early Childhood Education.or those seeking or holding Secondary Certification  Pre-requisites:

SPE-243 The Exceptional Child (Prerequisite EDU-150) 3 credits                           SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications and Assistive Technology for the Exceptional Child (Prerequisite EDU-150 and SPE 243)  3 credits
SPE-310 Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Development and Intervention Approaches [Prerequisites EDU-150 and SPE-243] 3 credits              EDU 315 Field Experience II  Middle Level and Secondary 1 credit

Certification Courses:

SPE-333   Screening, Assessment, and IEP Development for Teachers 3 credits   SPE-346   Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings 3 credits

SPE-347   Classroom Management for Teaching Students with Behavioral
                 Disabilities  3 credits
SPE-348   Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities 3 credits
SPE-315   Teaching Students with Pervasive Developmental Disorders [Prerequisite
                 SPE 243]  3 credits
 SPE-320  Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities [Prerequisite SPE 243] 
                3 credits 
SPE-350   Subject Area Content Access for Students with Learning Disabilities 
                3 credits
EDU 359   Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student   3 credits
SPE-375   Practicum in Special Education 3 credits

Students must complete the certification requirements for Secondary Education certification (7-12) to be eligible for Special Education (CBPH/D) (7-12) certification. Students seeking certification in teaching the physically and mentally handicapped will be required to take a second specialty test of the Praxis II.
  
ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BY THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA.
  
**PENDING APPROVAL BY THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Major in Middle Level Education

Courses Required for the Middle Level Education Major

Grades 4-8

 
Required Education Courses to be taken in the following order:
EDU-100 Perspectives on Middle Level and Secondary Education (prerequisite for all
               other education courses) 3 credits
EDU-150 Educational Planning 3 credits  
EDU-151 Field Experience I (co-requisite. EDU-150) 1 credit
EDU-200 Educational Psychology 3 credits
EDU-306 Technology for Educators (prerequisite. EDU-150)  3 credits
EDU-312 Literacy II (prerequisite EDU150)  3 credits
EDU-315 Middle Level and Secondary Field Experience II (coreq. EDU-312)  1 credit
EDU-308 Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum (prerequistite EDU150) 3 credits
OR
EDU-335 Creative Drama in Education 3 credits
EDU-303 Curriculum, Assessment and Learning Experiences in the Middle Level
               Classroom 3 credits (prerequisite EDU-312)
EDU-322 Middle Level Field Experience III (co-requisite EDU-303)  1 credit
EDU-351 Middle Level Assessment I (prerequisite EDU-150 and EDU-200)  3 credits
EDU-352 Middle Level Assessment II (prerequisite EDU-352)  3 credits
EDU-359 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student  3 credits
SPE-243 The Exceptional Child (prerequisite. EDU-150)  3 credits
SPE-344 Adaptations, Modifications, and Assistive Technology for the
              Exceptional Child 3 credits  
SPE-345 Field Experience IV (co-requisite.. SPE-344) 1 credit
SPE-320 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities (prerequisite SPE 243) 3
              credits
 
** In addition students must complete the required courses in two content areas as listed on the Middle Level Content Checklist. Contact the Education Department for details.
 
EDU-371 Student Teaching Middle Level Grades 4-8   9 credits
               (prerequisite complete all required education courses with a grade of B or higher and content area/major courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher)
EDU-374 Professional Seminar (must be taken with EDU-371) 3 credits
 
Other Required Courses
PSY 250 Lifespan  Development  (prerequisite PSY-100)
Mathematics (6 credits, courses appropriate to major)
MAT XXX
MAT XXX 
English (6 credits)
WRI-100
Any American or British Literature course
Science (6 or 7 credits, appropriate to major) one course must have a lab
U.S. History 3 credits
Ethical Life (3cr. Course + community service)
AND any other LAC requirements not fulfilled by program requirements
 
**PENDING APPROVAL BY ­THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

 

(The Masters Degree in Education/5 Year Program is not offered at this time. This program offering will be reconsidered and restructured following final PDE approval of all certificate programs.) 

Last Updated: 5/24/10