Programs of Study
A major in education at Elizabethtown is a demanding undertaking. Students must excel in challenging coursework in pedagogy, learning theory, cognition, and liberal arts content. They must repeatedly demonstrate competency in field placement classrooms by working with a variety of students and student needs. They must exhibit the dispositions of a professional educator as defined by the PA Code of Conduct and the department’s Teacher Dispositions Policy. Finally, students must pass required state assessments (PRAXIS, PAPA, PECT) and complete a professional portfolio for certification.
The Teacher Preparation Program at Elizabethtown College has a unique focus supported by four pillars: Professionalism (as defined by Danielson’s Domains), Social Justice, Undergraduate Research, and Theory into Practice. These pillars are realized through the curriculum, field experiences, research and service-learning projects with faculty mentors, co-curricular organizations and activities, and invited speaker and film series, and they expose pre-service teachers to the real issues and educational policies of the twenty-first century classroom.
Candidates may choose from a wide range of programs, including:
- 4+1 Master's Program in Special Education (PK-8 or 7-12)
- Early Childhood Education (PK-4)
- Elementary/Middle Education (4-8)
- Secondary Education (7-12), (PK-12)
Each program of study (undergraduate or graduate) emphasizes the understanding and use of research methodologies in the in-service classroom. Candidates are required to perform action research during senior seminar as an extension of the student teaching capstone experience and in correlation with the four domain of professional practice. Candidates may also take advantage of other research opportunities like Honors in the Discipline, Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD), or professional conferences in their discipline. Graduate students are required to complete a thesis project in their fifth year.