Early Childhood (Grades Pre K-4) Certification with M.Ed.

The Program in Urban Education leading to a Master of Education Degree with a Early Childhood (Grades Pre K-4) Teaching Certification curriculum is 65 credits. The Education faculty uses various course formats to help you learn, including case studies, lecture/discussion, group projects and simulation exercises to ensure what you gain in one course will reinforce and build on what you learn in others.

Students with any bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university are eligible for entry into the program. The following undergraduate credit hours are required for acceptance: Composition (3 credits), American or British Literature (3 credits), and Mathematics (6 credits). Also, the Praxis I - Reading, Praxis I - Writing, and Praxis I - Mathematics must be passed prior to acceptance.

Curriculum Overview (65 Credits)

Note: Up to 6 graduate credits earned at another institution may be accepted for the Alvernia equivalent below at the discretion of the department.

Early Childhood Education Teaching Certification (Grades Pre K-4):
MED 501 Standards-based Planning & Instruction* - 3 credits
MED 502 Development & Learning in Young Children* - 3 credits
MED 505 Introduction to Special Needs Students* - 3 credits
MED 515 Differentiated Instruction in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 522 Practicum I (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 523 Practicum II (30 hours) - 1 credit
MED 527 Teaching Literature through the Arts with Young Learners - 3 credits
MED 540 Assessment & Evaluation in Today’s Schools - 3 credits
MED 545 Social Development & Behavior Support in Inclusive Classrooms - 3 credits
MED 548 Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners - 3 credits
MED 565 Teaching Social Studies in Early Elementary Settings - 3 credits
MED 568 Teaching Science in Early Elementary Settings - 3 credits
MED 600 Language & Literacy in Cross-cultural Settings - 3 credits
MED 625 Teaching Math to Early Elementary Learners - 3 credits
MED 668 Pre-Student Teaching Practicum (70 hours) - 1 credit
MED 670 Student Teaching - 6 credits
MED 672 Student Teaching Seminar: Professional & Legal Topics for Today’s Teachers - 2 credits

*These classes are to be taken prior to those listed below them.

Additional Requirements for Master of Education
COR 520 Ethics & Moral Leadership - 3 credits
MED 518 Quantitative Research Methods - 3 credits
MED 520 Educators as Researchers (Pre-requisite: MED 518) - 3 credits
MED 610 School Law & Social Advocacy - 3 credits
MED 680 Research Seminar (Pre-requisite: MED 520) - 3 credits
MED XXX Elective - 3 credits

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 with m.ed.

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