Education professors shared webinars and resources with us to help us pass our teacher certification exams. Some professors even offered to meet with me after class to go over information that might be on the certification test. I was fortunate enough to pass my PECT exam a year early, thanks to that preparation and one-on-one help. The professors are also helpful with writing letters of recommendation and helping you find the perfect job. They take the time to get to know you as a person.
In the pre-kindergarten through grade 4 program, 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. Time and guided attention to basic skills—especially those of literacy, thinking, and social, rather than sole attention to rote memory are developed and stressed through every course.
Special Education (PreK-8) Certification with PreK-4 Certification
In this program, you will explore categories of disabilities, legal issues, and methods for collaboration among all school personnel, families, students, and community programs. You’ll learn how to develop, implement, and manage individual education programs, and how to adapt your instruction to accommodate special needs students in an inclusive school setting. Courses also cover pedagogical techniques and progress monitoring. Best practices are discussed and implemented allowing the teacher to select a particular teaching strategy effectively.
The Education Division at Immaculata will help you understand professional standards, pedagogical skills, and ethics in order to become a knowledgeable teacher. To provide you with real classroom experience, the education program includes a substantial experiential component: field experience during sophomore and junior year and student teaching during senior year; international placements are available in our sister schools in Peru and Chile.
Immaculata also offers a master’s degree in the educational leadership program which you may pursue during a fifth year of study.
Where Can I Work?
Once you pass the state teacher certification tests, you will be well prepared to begin a teaching position. Our alumni have obtained contract positions in school districts such as Garnet Valley, Downingtown and Brandywine, as well as Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools. 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 individual states.
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