The Bachelor of Arts programs provide the necessary training for students interested in teaching at the PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-12 levels.
All Education programs are fully approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Graduates are recommended by the University after meeting all requirements for the Instructional I Certificate.
Arcadia University prepares students for a world of increasing interdependence and complexity. Students become familiar with their discipline (Education) as well as develop skill and knowledge necessary to be active citizens in a digital, global, and interconnected world through engagement in a STEM-centered curriculum. Students focus on developing knowledge and skills in their major discipline through the Professional Education Coursework and experiences as part of the Undergraduate Curriculum. In addition, students develop a broad-based understanding across disciplines through the other elements of Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum. This curriculum emphasizes the need for students to see themselves within a global context and to be prepared to approach the world’s diversity and complexity with a spirit of respect, cooperation and justice. Students build a professional portfolio of work over four years, which include yearly ‘Signature Assignment’ on teaching and social justice and highlights of their teaching experiences. Many of the courses will meet both the state certification requirements and Undergraduate Curriculum requirements. Courses taken in one area also can count toward a requirement in another area. Students will have free choice to select a course from a respective area in cases where no overlaps exist. In addition to these requirements, all students have the opportunity to participate in a Preview experience (PRV 181, 2 credits) in Spring of their first year.
Professional Education Requirements (95 credits; Core in Pre K-4 Education and Pre K-8 Special Education. Some major courses also fulfill other curriculum requirements).
Prerequisite for teacher certification preparation program (16 credits) (also meet undergraduate curriculum requirements).