Robert Morris University offers an Early Childhood Teacher Certification Preparation program for students who hold a bachelor's degree in any field. The program provides the coursework required for Pennsylvania state teacher certification for kindergarten through grade six.
Experts cite a great demand for teachers who can teach computer skills to their students and make effective use of technology as a teaching tool in the classroom. However, research shows that only 15 percent of all teacher candidates nationwide receive adequate training in using technology in the classroom.
This program was designed to meet the new Pennsylvania standards for technology education as well as the National Education Technology Standards established by the International Society for Technology in Education. It is based on the principles of developmentally appropriate practice to serve the needs of diverse populations of children through the development of active, constructive and collaborative learning experiences.
If you wish to pursue the Master of Science in Instructional Leadership degree at RMU concurrently with the Early Childhood Teacher Certification Preparation program, you must apply for admission to the master's degree program and follow all graduate admission requirements and procedures. You also should notify the Graduate Admissions Office of your intention to pursue the two programs concurrently.
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Completion of the program requires a 16-week semester of supervised student teaching and the successful completion of all required Praxis examinations.
If you hold a bachelor's degree in a non-education related field, you must meet the following requirements for early childhood teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania. The early childhood education coordinator will evaluate your academic transcripts to determine which of the course requirements have already been met through previous study.
Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less, through in-class, online or hybrid study. Take classes one night a week through your course of study. Admission is rolling and classes start fresh every eight weeks. You can also choose to pursue your degree full- or part-time.
Through learning opportunities that are continually improved and updated, we provide enhanced opportunities to clear the way for our students’ success. In addition, our academic departments and programs have close ties with professional communities, providing valuable connections for our students.
Our programs support the intellectual, social, and personal development of students. They also prepare individuals through the integration of technology, effective communication skills, and the application of theory into practice. Overall, students will experience a dynamic combination of in-class and exciting engagement opportunities that fully prepare them for the many challenges that classroom teachers and applied psychology/social science working professionals manage on a daily basis.