East Stroudsburg University's department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education offers a variety of programs for students from Early Childhood to Middle Level.
If you are thinking of teaching young children, our PreK-4 teacher certification program would allow you to teach in pre-schools as well as elementary schools up to grade 4.
If you are considering working with older children, our Middle Level (ML) certification program would allow you to teach in the upper grades of elementary schools and in middle schools, grades 4-8. This program is based on subject area content specialization.
Some people choose not to work as formal classroom teachers, but want a slightly different career path, still education related. If that is your choice, we offer the Early Childhood (EC) professional program which is tailored to your individual needs. Our EC Professional students have the opportunity to pursue becoming a paraprofessional, doing community-based education or informal education such as working in a environmental center, historic museum, or science museum, or working in a related educational field such as educational publishing or ministries.
Some students want to be prepared to work with children in regular education classrooms and those with special needs. If you fall into this group, we also offer certification to teach through our Dual PreK-4/Special Education program and DUAL Middle Level/Special Education program.
Professional Development School Model at ESU
The mission of our program is to create a community of learners who are competent and reflective professionals able to teach any child in any setting.
Our four-year Early Childhood (Pre-K to 4) and Early Childhood Professional Development School (PDS) Programs are designed to offer students a curriculum of general education and professional early childhood/elementary education that combine for hard-thinking theory with its direct application teaching in our Professional Development School (PDS) partner schools and diverse classrooms.
ESU's Early Childhood Education Program has adopted the Professional Development School (PDS) model, which is shown to be one of the best teacher preparation models. ESU's Early Childhood program focuses on continuous professional learning and leadership for all participants, guided by need and a spirit and practice of inquiry.