Early and Middle Grades Education

Early and Middle Grades Education Office
106B Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
Call 610-436-2944
FAX: 610-436-3102
bleisenring@wcupa.edu

News and Notes

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Early and Middle Grades Education offers two undergraduate degree programs that lead to Instructional I Certification by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, two post-baccalaureate certification programs that lead to Instructional I Certification, two M. Ed. programs, and one minor.

 

B.S.Ed in Early Grades Preparation, Pre-K through Grade 4

 

The B. S. Ed. in EARLY GRADES PREPARATION (EGP) is designed to provide a broad background in general education, an understanding of children, and the knowledge and skills needed to teach pre-kindergarten through fourth grade. Upon satisfactory completion of the approved program, the student will qualify for a Grades PK-4 Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, valid for six years of teaching in grades pre kindergarten through four. Students choosing the EGP program may choose to complete a “dual major” with Special Education. Upon satisfactory completion of the approved dual-major program, the student will qualify for a Grades PK-4 Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate and a Special Education PK-8 Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate; both are valid for six years of teaching in the relevant grades, subjects, and settings.  Click here for the Guidance Sheet, Pacing Guide and Program Handbookfor the EGP program.

 

B.S.Ed in Middle Grades Preparation, Grades 4 through 8

 

The B. S. Ed. in MIDDLE GRADES PREPARATION (MGP) is designed to provide a broad background in general education, an understanding of children and young adolescents, and the knowledge and skills needed to teach fourth through eighth grades. Upon satisfactory completion of the approved program, the student will qualify for a Grades 4-8 Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, valid for six years of teaching in grades four through six and selected content areas in grades seven and eight. Click here for the Guidance Sheet, Pacing Guide and Program Handbook for the MGP program.

 

Undergraduate Minor in Elementary Education

 

The Minor in Elementary Education is available to students throughout the university who wish to explore essential topics in child and young adolescent development and elementary education. The minor includes course options, and students confer with an advisor to determine which courses best fit their needs and interests. Students who are enrolled as either early grades (EGP) or middle grades preparation (MGP) majors may not declare this minor. Click here for the Guidance Sheet for the EDE minor program.