Early Childhood (Grades Pre K-4) Certification


Evaluation of Bachelor's degree transcript (to be satisfied prior to acceptance):
Composition (3 credits)       
American or British Literature (3 credits)       
Mathematics (6 credits)

Praxis Examinations (must be passed prior to acceptance):
Praxis I – Reading       
Praxis I – Writing       
Praxis I – Mathematics

Must be passed prior to Student Teaching:
Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge ~ Test # 0511
Elementary Education: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment ~ Test # 0011

Background checks and clearances (required prior to all field experience placements):
Act 34 – Child Abuse               
Act 114 – FBI Fingerprinting Background Check
Act 151 – PA Criminal Background Check   
Tuberculosis Screening

Contact Admissions:


Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education



Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

Cynthia Mensch
Director, Alvernia University
Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
Pottsville, PA 17901

Dana Baker
Director of Philadelphia Center
School of Graduate and Adult Education

1355 West Cheltenham Avenue
Melrose Park, PA 19027

early childhood (grades pre k-4) certification

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