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Inspire Young Minds

Our elementary education degree program prepares students to teach children from Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade in Pennsylvania’s public school systems — and beyond.

Students become eligible to apply for the Instructional I Certificate, issued by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, if they have:

  • Successfully completed the program leading to certification;
  • Passed the required PRAXIS exams, which measure academic skills; and
  • Demonstrated competence in student teaching.

Special Education Dual Certification Option

In addition to the initial certification program, our elementary education students can choose to simultaneously complete the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s requirements for special education certification. Learn about the degree requirements required to obtain the dual certification.

Courses & Topics

You will receive a well-rounded education through our core curriculum and classes in the elementary education major. Courses in the program include:

  • Family and Community Diversity
  • Reading Methods I and II
  • Methods of Language Arts
  • Educational Theories and Practices
  • Integrating Curriculum and Instruction
  • High Incidence Disabilities/Autism Spectrum Disorders (dual certification only)

Meet Our Faculty

Matt's Maker Space Labs at Point Park

Elementary education majors at Point Park have access to two Matt's Maker Space Lab classrooms on campus, allowing them to explore a variety of teaching methods related to STEM and maker education.

Learn more about our Matt's Maker Space Labs.

Student Teaching/Field Experience Sites

Our School of Education's Downtown Pittsburgh location brings real advantages. Our students conduct observations at local schools that are within walking distance of campus. We also place student teachers in local schools, including those listed below, so transportation to and from those schools is convenient.

  • Bethel Park School District
  • Canon-MacMillan School District
  • Diocese of Pittsburgh
  • Fox Chapel School District
  • Franklin Regional School District
  • Gateway School District
  • Mt. Lebanon School District
  • Montour School District
  • Peters Township School District
  • Pine Richland School District
  • Pittsburgh Public School District
  • Propel Schools
  • Shaler Area School District
  • Winchester Thurston