Education at Penn State Altoona

My Penn State Altoona


Jacqueline McCreary, '15

  • Elementary Education major
  • Students Committed to Service, Nicaragua trip

"The education professors really know what they are talking about. Many have been immersed in the field as teachers and provide examples of what they’ve experienced. They say ‘the text book says this, but let me tell you what it’s really like.’ I love that."

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.

Featured Alumni

Katie Belis

“An education degree from Penn State Altoona can be useful in many settings. Explore new possibilities. You never know where Penn State Altoona might lead you.”
—Katie Belis, '10

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Ann Marie Stiffler

“I only got that interview because this particular principal really likes Penn State students and thinks very highly of our program. Down in Virginia they really think very highly of Penn State and the education program.”
—Ann Marie Stiffler, '12

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For more information:

Leigh Haefner

Dr. Leigh A. Haefner

Associate Professor of Science Education
Education, Human Development, and Social Sciences

Office: 225 Hawthorn Building
Phone: 814-949-5638