Meet the challenge and achieve the rewards of teaching in the 21st Century at ESU.

Students are engaged in innovative, researcher-base instruction with the latest technology. Students apply theory and practice in a wide range of educational settings and work alongside master teachers in best-practice Professional Development Schools.

The four-year programs in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, or Middle Level Education are designed to offer students a curriculum of general education and professional and early childhood or elementary education theory, application, and practice in teaching children.

The curriculum is designed to develop a community of learners who are competent and reflective professionals able to teach any child in any setting. The courses and extensive field based component develops beginning educator’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions relevant to content, the learner and the learning environment, teaching and learning process, and professionalism.

Graduates of the Early Childhood Education major will be certified to teach in pre-school to grade three (old program), pre-K to grade 4 (new program) and graduates of the Elementary Education major will be certified to teach in kindergarten to grade six. Middle Level Education majors will be certified to teach in grades 4 to 8. Changes made at the state certification level may impact requirements and certification grade levels. Requirements will vary based on student entry and completion dates. Check with the department for details.

Our mission to create a community of learners who are competent and reflective professionals able to teach any child in any setting.

Middle Level Education (Grades 4 to 8)

East Stroudsburg University's department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education offers a variety of programs for students.

Students entering this field have the opportunity to work with children from grades 4 to 8.

Prospective students have the opportunity to enter in combination fields of a dual early childhood and elementary education program or an integrated special and elementary education program.

These programs are notably recognized for effectively preparing fine teachers. Students in these programs become experienced through professional organizations, clubs, practical development opportunities and student teaching experiences.

Program Features:

120 Semester Hours, 18 credit concentration

Required general education courses:

English 188; English 190; English 104; Biology – BIOL 105; Chemistry – CEHM 115; Math 105; Math 205; Physics – PHYS 105; Economics – ECON 111; Geography – GEOG 120; History – HIST 141; History – HIST 111; Political Science – POLS 211

Required Professional Education courses:

PSED 150 Introduction to Teaching All Students; PSED 250 Psych. of Learners in Diverse Communities; PSED 244 Adolescent Psychology; REED 350 Teaching Reading to Communities of Diverse Learners; SPED 350 Assessment of Student Learning and Behavior in Diverse Classrooms; SPED 351 Collaboration for Inclusion; MATH 110 General Statistics; MATH 130 Applied Algebraic Methods (Math, SS, Eng Con.); OR MATH 135 Pre-Calculus (ONLY if choosing SCIENCE concentration); REED 340 Teaching Reading in Middle School; ENGL 412 Teaching of Writing in the Secondary and Middle Schools; PSED 430 Student Teaching in Secondary Ed/Middle School/Junior High School; 499 1 credit in area of concentration (HIST 499, ENG 499, PHYS 499 or MATH 499

Required major courses:

ELED 350 Middle School Methods; ELED 450 Seminar in Middle Level Methods

Student teaching semester:

ELED 431 – Student Teaching in Middle Level Education (12 credits)

Required concentration:

Student selects a minimum of 18 semester hours of in depth work in one content area: (See academic adviser for selection); English/Language Arts/Reading; Social Studies; Science (Choice 1); Science (Choice 2); Math (Choice 1); Math ( Choice 2)

Additional requirements:

3.0 GPA for admittance to the Department; 3.0 GPA overall for eligibility for

Student Teaching; 3.0 GPA in major for Student Teaching.

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

For more information regarding the programs offered in the department of Early Childhood & Elementary Education, please contact the Aurelia Torres or (570) 422-3558

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209 A
(570) 422-3558
Title of Department Leader
Department Chair Early Childhood & Elementary Education
Nurun N. Begum
(570) 422-3371