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4-Year Baccalaureate Majors

Majors by Area of Interest


EDUCATION

Agricultural and Extension Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for positions in education in agriculture, including schools and colleges; Cooperative Extension; business, trade, and professional associations; and government agencies. The department administers a program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the preparation of agriculture teachers in public school systems. This includes programs in agricultural production, mechanics, supplies, resources, products, forestry, horticulture, and other agricultural areas.
(College of Agricultural Sciences)

College of Agricultural Sciences

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Art Education (Start and Finish: University Park)

This major offers two options: Art Education for Schools, and Art Education for Museums and Cultural Institutions. A basic art studio, art history, art criticism, and aesthetics preparation; a variety of observational and participatory experiences in art learning environments; and an extensive pre-practice internship are an integral part of each option. Upon completion of the option, employment prospects and/or acceptance for advanced graduate studies depends upon individual achievement and qualifications.
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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This major is for students interested in the College of Education, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them. All first year students are admitted to the College of Education in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students in the College of Education to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

College of Education

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Education and Public Policy (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare to work in political and economic global systems for the betterment of a diverse and democratic society. Students become discerning research consumers and policy analysts in order to work for educational reform and social justice. The major blends core courses in educational policy with foundation courses in sociology, political science, economics, business, race and class, and research methods. Graduates typically enter professional careers in educational organizations, government, community development, public service, nonprofits, consulting, philanthropy, and interest groups.
(College of Education)

College of Education

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Elementary and Early Childhood Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Behrend, University Park)

There are three options within this major: Early Education PK-4, English 4-8, and Social Studies 4-8. Students successfully completing this major will have met all the requirements and are eligible to apply for the PK-4, English Education 4-8, or Social Studies Education 4-8 Instructional 1 certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must apply for admission to the major.
Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.
(College of Education)

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Elementary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The Elementary Education program at Penn State Harrisburg embodies the four tenets of our conceptual framework: constructivism, authenticity, reflectivity, and standards-based curriculum. Constructivism entails a student-centered approach in which teachers help learners build their own understandings. Authenticity refers to developing professional and pedagogical skills in authentic classroom settings; for example, in the junior and senior years prior to student teaching, the program offers extensive field experiences in a variety of settings that enroll students with diverse backgrounds and needs. Reflectivity relates to consciously analyzing course content and one’s own learning for the purpose of deeper understanding and self-improvement. Standards-based curriculum means that our candidates are steeped in Pennsylvania Academic Standards as well as the standards of relevant professional organizations. Taken together, these tenets enable our candidates to become lifelong reflective professionals committed to the learning of all students.
(Capital College)

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Music Education (Started and Finish: University Park)

The bachelor of music education (B.M.E.) degree is a professional degree program that helps students prepare for teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Students are expected to meet all requirements for Entrance to Teacher Certification Program in Music, must pass the piano proficiency exam, and complete all music courses and SPLED 400 prior to student teaching. Graduates of this program are prepared to receive the Pennsylvania Instructional I certificate for teaching music K–12. (See also Teacher Education Programs)
(College of Arts and Architecture)

College of Arts & Architecture

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Rehabilitation and Human Services (Start at any Campus and Finish: Berks)

This major helps students prepare for entry-level positions in a variety of human service settings, especially those dealing with persons with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation centers, sheltered workshops, drug and alcohol programs, senior citizens centers, community mental health and mental retardation programs, corrections systems, and hospitals. Increasing opportunities are available in private for-profit insurance programs for the industrially injured, and in rapidly emerging employee assistance programs within business and industry. Well-planned use of electives and internships allows for specialization. The program also helps students prepare for graduate study in many human service professional disciplines.
(Berks College)

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Secondary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The following teaching options are available for majors in Secondary Education: Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English/ Communication, Environmental Education, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies. The Secondary Education major helps students prepare for middle school and/or high school teaching positions and for other employment in fields related to their content specialties.
(College of Education)

College of Education

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Secondary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Behrend)

This program prepares students for careers as mathematics teachers in secondary schools by providing both a strong foundation in mathematics content and hands-on experience in the classroom. The program stresses the teaching philosophies of the National Council of the Teachers of Mathematics, which students then put into practice in internships supervised by experienced teachers. The degree is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teaching Education and graduates meet all the academic requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Instruction I certificate.
(The Behrend College)

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Secondary Education, Social Studies (Start at any Campus and Finish: Harrisburg)

The art and science of teaching in secondary schools is undergoing significant transformation as new technologies, time allocation for instruction, and new instructional strategies are impacting the delivery of social studies instruction. This major prepares students to teach history, government, economics, geography, psychology, sociology, and anthropology in this dynamic environment. The Secondary Education Social Studies major helps students prepare to meet the requirements to be certified for the Social Studies Instructional I Certificate as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students are challenged to prepare for teaching assignments at the middle and high school level, and in diverse settings characterized as rural, urban, and suburban.
(Capital College)

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Special Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The emphasis throughout the Special Education program is upon a broad clinical teaching model. Course work and practicum experiences focus upon the diagnosis and management of a wide range and degree of educational and behavioral problems of students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. A core of Special Education courses aimed at general skill development in the areas of diagnosis, prescription, development of materials and teaching strategies, implementation, and evaluation is required of all students. Upon successful completion of the major, students become eligible for the Pennsylvania Level I Certificate in Teaching the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped.
(College of Education)

College of Education

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Workforce Education and Development (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major leads to the B.S. degree and may also lead to certification as a career and technical education teacher, and/or a coordinator of cooperative education, provided other requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education are met. The Industrial Training option does not lead to teacher certification. To be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a career and technical education teacher, a person must have sufficient employment experience beyond the learning period to establish competency in the occupation to be taught.

Further interpretation of this requirement is available by contacting the program offices of :
Adult Education (ed.psu.edu/lps/adult-education),
Curriculum & Instruction (http://ed.psu.edu/c-and-is),
Workforce Education and Development (ed.psu.edu/lps/workforce-ed).

(College of Education)

College of Education

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World Languages (K–12) Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The World Languages Education major helps prepare students for kindergarten through high school teaching positions and for other employment in fields related to their content language areas. The following teaching options are available for majors in World Languages Education: Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Pennsylvania does not issue a teacher certificate in Bilingual Education; many other states do. Students who complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) option may qualify for the Pennsylvania Program Specialist: ESL credential if they hold a Pennsylvania teacher certificate.
(College of Education)

College of Education

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.