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Graduate Studies

Early and Middle Grades Education

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Graduate Studies

McKelvie Hall
102 West Rosedale Avenue
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-2943
Fax: 610-436-2763

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm

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Early and Middle Grades Education


  • Early Grades Preparation (EGP)
    Post-Baccalaureate Certification Program Leading to Pennsylvania Level I Teaching Certificate Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4


Candidates apply for admission to the Early Grades Preparation Program through the Office of Graduate Studies and Extended Education at West Chester University. Application forms are available on-line on the West Chester University web page. Click on "Departments," then "Graduate Studies," and go to "Apply Now!" As part of the application process, candidates must submit the following materials:

  • a professional goals statement;
  • two recommendations; and
  • official academic transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended, demonstrating a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Other Important Information

  • The Department of Early and Middle Grades Education offers a flexible program leading to Pennsylvania Level I Certification. Certification in Pre-K through Grade 4 is granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The Pre-K through Grade 4 program is designed for candidates who a) have completed a BA or BS degree in an area other than education, or b) hold a teaching certificate in another grade range or in a content area.