Penn State Altoona's Childhood and Early Adolescent Education degree program is offered through the college's Division of Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences. For more information about the division, visit the Division Web site
A bachelor of science degree in Childhood and Adolescent Education prepares undergraduate teacher candidates to earn Pennsylvania level I certification to teach in pre-school to 4th grade public school classrooms. Methods courses (language and literacy, science, math and social studies education) are taken in blocks during the junior and senior years, building on foundational courses in early childhood education, educational theory and policy, special education, and educational psychology. Student teaching is the capstone experience and takes two forms at Penn State Altoona: a full year professional development option (PDS) or traditional student teaching. A minor in special education is available. All courses are united by a concern for equity and social justice.
For more information:
Dr. Leigh A. Haefner
Associate Professor of Science Education
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences
Office: 225 Hawthorn Building