Department of Early and Middle Grades Education
The Department of Early and Middle Grades Education offers undergraduate and post-baccalaureate programs for those who wish to be certified to teach children from pre-kindergarten through grade eight. The Department also offers two master’s programs—a M. Ed. in Applied Studies in Teaching and Learning and a M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education.
We are proud of our programs, our faculty, and our students:
All of our programs are accredited by the National Council for
Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Our programs that lead
to teacher certification have been approved by the Pennsylvania
Department of Education (PDE).
Our programs provide many and varied opportunities for candidates
(our students) to observe and work with children and young
adolescents. These opportunities are woven throughout our
programs. In programs that lead to certification, field
experiences begin during the candidate’s first semester and
culminate in a semester-long, student-teaching experience.
Candidates have opportunities to participate in supervised field
experiences in urban, suburban, and rural school districts—all
within one hour of our campus.
Our faculty have a wealth of experience in education and are
respected in their fields. Classes at West Chester are taught by
faculty—not by graduate assistants. Field experiences are
supervised by faculty with extensive experience in PK-12 schools
as teachers, supervisors, directors, principals, curriculum
directors, and superintendents.
Our undergraduate candidates participate in community-service
experiences that benefit children and their families. In
2008-2009, over 10,000 documented hours of community service
were provided to area agencies and organizations. Our
graduates are building their careers. According to survey data
of 2007-2008 teacher-education graduates, over 90% have positions
in education-related fields within one year of graduation.
We invite you to explore this web site to learn more.