The Elementary Education Program at Penn State Harrisburg grants a bachelor’s degree to students who meet the requirements of the program. Additionally, upon successful completion of the degree, the college will recommend students for certification by the state department of education. In pursuit of elementary education certification, students have options for how they wish to focus their career. Penn State Harrisburg offers an option that leads to certification in
- Grades Pre-Kindergarten through 4th Grade
- 4th Grade through 8th Grade English/Language Arts
- 4th Grade through 8th Grade Math
- 4th Grade through 8th Grade Social Studies
The Penn State Harrisburg Elementary Education major is a full-time, face-to-face program with students beginning during the fall semester. This means that to complete the degree during the junior and senior years (or the equivalent two years), students must attend classes on campus and complete an elementary/middle school field experience four days a week and at least one evening course per week each semester. We are proud to offer a Residency Program where students co-teach with an expert mentor teacher for a full academic year.
This program is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI).