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.