B.A. in Education PreK-4
In Immaculata's Education major focusing on pre-kindergarten through grade 4, you will learn about teaching resources and methods of presenting material to your class. Your courses will cover the importance of play, relating to parents of young children, and children’s emotional, physical, social, intellectual, and creative development.
The Education Division at Immaculata will help you understand professional standards, pedagogical skills, and ethics in order to become a knowledgeable teacher. You will be encouraged to analyze educational issues, exemplify creativity in teaching, and practice Christian values.
All teacher education programs offered at Immaculata University have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Our faculty members make every effort to help students prepare to teach in states other than Pennsylvania, although students are ultimately responsible for ascertaining the requirements of those states. Learn more about teacher certification.
The Education program includes a substantial experiential component: field experience during sophomore and junior year, and student teaching during senior year. The director of student teaching coordinates all student teaching placement efforts and communicates with superintendents, assistant superintendents, human resources managers and principals on behalf of undergraduate students, adult undergraduates, and graduate students.
The program is designed to produce graduates who are proficient in:
- Planning lessons that incorporate appropriate learning activities
- Using various instructional strategies to support English language learners and special needs students
- Managing the classroom and practicing reflective decision-making
- Being responsive to the unique learning processes of individual students
- Addressing educational issues in contemporary society
Students who graduate with certification and a minimum GPA of 3.5 may pursue a master's degree in the Educational Leadership program during a fifth year of study. For more information on this program, see the program goals and the administration or instructional track.
All students applying for teacher certification from Immaculata must complete:
- PSY 324 Developmental Psychology
- 6 credits of mathematics
- 6 credits of English (composition and literature)
Please see the course sequence sheet for the PreK-4 certification area.
Observation and Student Teaching:
Sophomores and first-semester juniors observe and participate in the classroom setting for one morning each week. Students are placed in a different setting each semester. Second-semester juniors spend one day a week in the same classroom setting in which they will have their student teaching experience in the fall of senior year. This preliminary experience is guided and directed by the University's staff in conjunction with the principals and teachers of the participating schools. Students are responsible for their own transportation.
Student-teachers participate in a weekly seminar conducted by University staff. Through lectures and discussions led by local school personnel, student-teachers become familiar with their professional obligations and benefits. The director of student teaching is responsible for coordinating the student-teaching seminars held throughout the semester. Topics include mandated reporting, resume writing, technology integration, legal issues affecting teachers and school districts, Pennsylvania standards and anchors, and the certification process.
Special education majors are required to complete a 30-hour field experience during EDU 383 or a 40-hour field experience during SPED 389 (typically taken the second semester of senior year).
- Understand the impact of culture on children’s cognitive and social growth
- Be aware of educational psychology, including student development, learning styles, and theories of learning
- Demonstrate teaching competence
- Be familiar with testing and grading as ways to evaluate teaching effectiveness and student academic achievement
You will apply to the Education program in the second semester of your sophomore year. The program requires you to:
- Show interest in children and how they learn
- Have an effective teaching personality
- Indicate professional growth
- Maintain at least a B average in your major area and your professional sequence
- Attain no less than a grade of B- in any course in the professional sequence
Contact your advisor for more information.