Work Experience Requirement - Childhood and Early Adolescent Education - Penn State Altoona

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Work Experience Requirement

Instructions for students completing the Elementary and Kindergarten Education (EEDAL) major at Penn State Altoona:

  • At least 80 hours of volunteer or paid education work experience with elementary age learners is required for entrance into the EEDAL major. For elementary education students, these experiences must occur following graduation from high school and must be in addition to those associated with courses such as CI 295.
  • At least 40 of these age-appropriate 80 hours must be with learners whose cultural, social, or ethnic backgrounds differ from the candidate's own.

The Work Experience requirement must be fulfilled by the end of the fall semester prior to the entrance to major semester.

Download the Education Work Experience form required for documentation of these hours.  Instructions on the form should be followed carefully:

Complete section 1-12 on the form and then give the form to the supervisor to sign. Return to 101A Cypress Building, Penn State Altoona, Altoona, PA 16601.

The EEDAL Program Coordinator is responsible for approving work experience hours.  Please direct any questions to Leigh Ann Haefner at

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