What You'll Study
Your courses will provide a strong foundation of basic child development theory and will combine real-world experience with the study of education methods taught by former classroom teachers. You will begin active classroom participation as early as your second semester. Classroom participation is a hallmark of LHU’s early childhood program. Topics covered include:
- Language Development
- Observing and Assessing
- Developing Creative Expression
- Assessment Methods
Certification in special education prepares you to teach persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. This includes individuals diagnosed with learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, brain injuries, and emotional or behavior disorders. Any early childhood, middle level, or secondary education major can choose to take courses leading to special education certification. The dual certification program meets the Pennsylvania State guidelines for certification in both areas. Topics covered include:
- Foundations of Special Education
- Positive Behavior Support
- Literacy Skills for Students with Disabilities
This minor is currently open to majors in Special Education or Elementary Education and is intended to provide you with a second area of expertise, but does not lead to ECE Certification.
- Accreditation: The program is accredited by:
- Professional Semester: The PreK-Grade 4 program offers a block of classes that create the Professional Semester. In this final semester prior to student teaching, teacher candidates will spend class time learning about methods for teaching math, science, social studies, and English/language arts. In addition, candidates will spend more than 4 full weeks in the PreK-to Grade 4 classroom teaching children under the supervision of a faculty member and cooperating teacher. This is experience is designed to build skills, knowledge, and dispositions that will be used during student teaching and ultimately land their first teaching job!
- Student Teaching: Beginning in your freshman year you will participate in a variety of teaching situations, followed by a professional methods semester, and a student teaching semester. Over four years you will spend more than 80 hours in observation and classroom placements. The program includes 150 hours in classroom settings for pre-student teaching and two, seven- week student teaching experiences—one in a Pre K-1st grade self-contained classroom, and one in a grade 2-4 self-contained classroom. Your assignments will usually be within a 50-60 mile radius of LHU campus. You will also have the opportunity to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities around the world.
- Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major. Find more information here.
- Careers: Upon graduation and certification, you will be qualified to teach in elementary schools, pre-schools, and Head Start programs as well as to direct a day care center. Our graduates have a high success rate in finding employment in schools throughout Pennsylvania and across the country. The faculty’s strong relationships with communities and schools, along with LHU’s historic reputation in teacher education, allows for easy placement of LHU teacher candidates.