School of Adult and Graduate Education

Traditional Admissions

Jill E. Purdy, Ed.D
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Program and Chair
610-437-4471 ext. 3419

Cedar Crest Student in the Classroom

Cedar Crest College is one of the first college in the Lehigh Valley to provide state certification in all of the three newly defined levels of education: Early Childhood (PreK-4), Middle Level (4-8) and Secondary Education (7-12). We also offer enhanced coursework, add-on certificates, and a variety of pre-teaching and student-teaching experiences to prepare you for the classrooms of the future.

All of our faculty members are experienced teachers who have worked in public and/or private schools, from preK through secondary school. Their dedication to excellence has enabled Cedar Crest to form strong partnerships with local school districts, providing our students with superior student teaching and job placement opportunities.

In the first year after graduation, most alumnae accept employment in private, public, and charter schools as full-time contracted teachers, as long-term or daily substitutes, or as para-professionals. Other graduates go on to pursue a Master of Education degree or Reading Specialist certificate, both of which are also available at the College.

As a student in the Cedar Crest College department of education, you will acquire the most effective teaching techniques and strategies, enabling you to develop your skills as a reflective instructor, an effective leader and a role model in your future classroom and in your community.

The Cedar Crest College Advantage

Accreditation and memberships
Cedar Crest College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The college is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges of Teacher Education.

Leading-edge curriculum
In addition to providing education programs certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, we also have developed our individual courses based on standards developed by other specialized professional associations. For example, our math coursework is based upon recommendations from the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics.

Enriched pre-teaching experiences
At Cedar Crest College, you won’t wait until your senior year to begin teaching: Starting your first year of study, you will spend time with students in public school classrooms in urban and suburban settings, including one experience in a special education setting.

Guaranteed student-teaching opportunities
Cedar Crest has attained a 100% placement rate for undergraduate students in field placements and student-teaching placements—and we will set up your placement for you. Also, when student-teach, you’re not alone: Your College supervisor will accompany you in the classroom each week and provide you with valuable feedback right away.

Special education and ESL courses
The PA Department of Education now requires 9 credits of special needs courses and 3 credits of ESL courses. These courses are already built in to all of our education majors. These credits may also be applied to an additional certification in Special Education or English as a Second Language.

Mission Statement

The Cedar Crest College education department is committed to the preparation of teachers who have a strong foundation of content knowledge, research-based pedagogy, classroom management and assessment and who use this knowledge to plan and implement effective instruction that provides meaningful learning experiences for all students in grades PreK-12, including those students with special needs and diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Our graduates will be advocates for children and will strive to ensure that all children achieve to high academic standards and develop as adults who contribute to society in meaningful ways. To this end, the department establishes and maintains strong partnerships with local school districts and fosters the development of teachers who are reflective practitioners, instructional leaders, and role models for students in the schools and in the community. The work of the education department is grounded in the premise that education provides the foundation for women’s leadership, civic engagement and global connectivity.


Additional Resources in Education

Websites with important information on the teaching profession.

US Department of Education
National Education Association
International Reading Association
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Program Pass Rates
NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)


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