Education (Teacher Certification)

Students majoring in Child Development and Education (CDE) can seek teacher certification in the State of Pennsylvania for Early Childhood (PreK-4) or Middle Level (4-8).

Depending on the student’s chosen area and coursework, candidates in secondary 7-12 and specialty K-12 areas minor in teacher certification (secondary education) that is associated with numerous other academic departments, including ArtBiologyChemistryEnglishHistoryMathematics; and Modern Languages, including French, German and Spanish; and Physics.

Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.

Seeking Teacher Certification

The Department of Education includes four options for students seeking teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania:

  • Early Childhood (Prek-4) Certification
  • Upper Elementary Education (grades 4-8) Certification, available in: Language Arts (English), Mathematics, Science (Biology) or Social Studies
  • Secondary Education (7-12) Certification, available in: Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, English, Mathematics, or Physics
  • Specialty Area Certification (grades K-12), available in: Art or Modern Languages, including  FrenchGerman and Spanish.

CDE and Certification

Students interested in teaching in the upper elementary grades, 4-8, can receive certification in PreK-4 and 4-8 concurrently, by majoring in child development and education and taking courses in specific specialized content areas or a  minor in one of the following areas: 

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David Ryan Bunting, M.A.
Adjunct Professor of Education
Rosalie Carpenter
Rosalie T. Carpenter, Ed.D.
Professor & Founder/Director of Elementary Education

Reed B. Day, J.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Patricia H. Easton, B.A.
Adjunct Professor of Education
James Longo
James M. Longo, Ed.D.
Professor Chair of Education Department

Mary Jo Podgurski, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education

Timothy Wagner, Ed.D.
Adjunct Professor of Education