Early & Primary Teacher Education
Early and Primary Education is a major in which University students learn to teach young students at the preschool level through fourth grade. In addition to the basics of teaching reading, math, science and social studies, students learn about family and community relations, educational psychology and teaching methodology. Students are prepared for state licensure exams, which they must pass to earn teaching positions.
"In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less."
Chrysler Corporation CEO, 1978-1992
Why Early and Primary Education is in Demand
- “Regardless of temporary economic conditions, hiring practices, budget cuts or any other factors that impact the education system, the need for teachers is timeless and universal. Society will always need educators, and in that respect, teaching is one career in which you can be confident you will always have a purpose. ‑Teach.com
- “There is always a need for K-12 teachers. Currently, some of the greater needs and more lucrative job opportunities for K-12 teachers are in math, science and bilingual education. However, opportunities for teachers of all subjects are regularly available and usually dependent upon geography.” - Lorenzo and Associates, Education, Research, Writing and Publishing
Is it for me?
- Determined and hard working?
- Interested in working with children?
- Compassionate in working with students of diverse abilities and backgrounds?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Early & Primary Teacher Education
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Where will Early and Elementary Education take me?
Education graduates are expertly prepared to teach, not only in traditional classroom settings, but also in other settings. Graduates have gotten jobs in “cyber schools,” in prison education programs, and on military bases, for example. Here are some examples of job titles of recent graduates:
- Teacher’s Assistant
- Learning Support Aide
- Permanent Substitute Teacher
You’ll find Scranton graduates working a wide range of schools and organizations including:
- Oyster Bay, New York School District
- Quakertown, Pennsylvania School District
- The Goddard School
- Kiddie Academy
- Teach for America
- Bright Horizons
- Family Solutions
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for kindergarten and elementary school teachers in 2015 was $54,550.
Some graduates choose to continue their education in master’s degree programs and many continue their master’s degree studies at The University of Scranton. We offer three options within our nationally accredited master’s degree programs in Early Childhood and Primary Teacher Education.
Option 1 is for students who hold a prior degree and teacher certification in Early Care and Education and who are returning for advanced studies in the field; option 2 is for students who hold a valid degree and certificate in another field, such as elementary education; and option 3 is for students who hold a degree in a content area unrelated to education and do not hold teacher certification.
"My education at The University of Scranton opened my eyes to the education injustice that exists in this country. The education department has prepared me to serve with and for others and continue to prove that all children can learn regardless of socio-economic status, race and class."
Joe Lofstedt '13
Teach for America Corps Member
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
The significant field experiences that Scranton education students complete prepare them to teach in the classroom and also to interact in a professional environment. Graduates report that they are exceptionally prepared to put together lesson plans and assessments of student progress and they can “hit the ground running” as teachers.
Students graduate with an exit portfolio that documents their experience and demonstrates their professionalism and competency. This is essential for job searches.
Close relationships with professors is also a great asset. For state licensure, students need letters of recommendation from two faculty members. At Scranton, professors have had the opportunity to get to know students in small classes; they write personalized recommendations based on the talents and experience of each student. Professors stay in touch with graduates, serving as mentors, especially early in the teaching careers of alumni.
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For More Information
Office of Admissions
Scranton, PA 18510
Tel: 1-888-SCRANTON or (570) 941-7540
Darryl M. De Marzio, Ph.D.
Department of Education
Vanessa Silla, Ed.D.
Undergraduate Program Director, Education