Mar 03, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education, B.A., Pre K-4 Certification

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About the Program

The major in Pre K-4 is designed to provide certification from birth to grade 4. The program embeds interdisciplinary and experiential learning through a variety of service learning projects and flexibility to study abroad. This program also offers the opportunity to explore a range of electives and earn a comprehensive education. Students develop a broad-based understanding across disciplines through the other elements of Arcadia’s Undergraduate Curriculum.


129 credits:

  • Professional Education Requirements (75 credits; core in PreK-4 Education)
  • Prerequisite for teacher certification preparation program (16 credits; also meet undergraduate curriculum requirements)
  • Additional Undergraduate Curriculum requirements (26 credits)
  • Electives (16 credits)

Professional Education Courses and Fieldwork

Courses with an asterisk (*) also meet an Undergraduate Curriculum  requirement.

Undergraduate ENTRY REQUIREMENTS for the Teacher Certification Preparation Programs

  • Recommended minimum overall GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.

  • No grade of “C or below” in a required certification course.

  • Completed and earned grades of C or better in 6 credits in Mathematics above the MA 100  level (recommended: MA 117  and MA 118 ).

  • Completed and earned grades of C or better in 6 credits in English. One course in Composition (EN 101 ) and one course in American/English Literature (recommended EN 229 ).

  • Completed 48 credits.

  • Meets Basic Skills testing requirements with qualifying scores and/or ACT/SAT qualifying scores.

  • Background Checks: Meets background check requirements using the Castle Branch System for

    • Federal Criminal History Record Information (CHRI)

    • Pennsylvania State Police Request for Criminal Records Check

    • Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Clearance

    • Tuberculosis (TB) test result

EXIT REQUIREMENTS for Teacher Certification Candidates

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree or higher with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

  • Completion of an approved program of study leading to certification in the area of certificate requested.

  • Satisfactory completion of student teaching, fieldwork or internship (required grade of “B” or better) in the area of certification.

  • Completion of a professional portfolio.

  • Recommendation of University Certification Officer on the TIMS application.

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