The bell rings and the students enter your classroom—a kaleidoscope of personalities, each a bundle of energy, with different focuses, experiences, learning styles, and learning capacities. What a formidable task it is to understand and teach all of these unique individuals, all at once.
Think back—is there a teacher who made a difference in your life when you were younger? Perhaps someone ignited a passion for a subject that you never knew existed. How would you like to make a similar impact on a young person’s life?
With an education degree from Immaculata University, you can specialize in an area of interest to you. We offer education programs that will help you earn your teacher certification in one of the following areas:
Pre-kindergarten through Grade 4
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.
Pre-kindergarten through Grade 4, with Special Education Pre-kindergarten through Grade 8
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.
Grades 4-8 with a concentration in English, Science, or Social Studies
If you’re interested in teaching grades 4-8, you will choose a concentration in English, science, or social studies and learn about teaching resources and methods of presenting material to your class. You’ll explore the current state and national standards for teaching in elementary and middle schools.
Secondary or K-12 Education
If you are interested in teaching biology, business and computers, chemistry, English, or social studies/history at the secondary level, you will major in one of these subject areas and take education classes to get your certification. You can also earn K-12 teacher certification in music or Spanish.
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.