Knowledge Joined with Love. This principle of the great Franciscan St. Bonaventure inspires and guides Alvernia's education programs. Join us and experience the power of education in the Franciscan tradition: compassionate, caring, and transformative. 


Education Department Mission

The Education Department, rooted in a proud Franciscan heritage, is dedicated to providing instruction in educational theory balanced with current classroom practices. Our education programs focus on a values-centered approach toward the preparation of caring, highly-qualified candidates uniquely prepared to address the needs of the diverse populations in today’s schools. 


Our Education Department offers various programs for a broad range of educators, from prospective to seasoned teachers to educational administrators. Prepare to transform children's lives and advance your professional career by pursuing a bachelor's of education degree, teaching certification, master of education degree, or superintendent's letter of eligibility. All programs are accredited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.


Our education faculty bring years of experience working in public and higher education, innovative instructional approaches, and caring attitude.

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We are here To Learn. To Love. To Serve. educators of all sorts - aspiring, novice, and seasoned - who come to Alvernia to become ethical leaders with moral courage to do well and do good.

Questions? Contact:

Education Department
Upland Center
540 Upland Ave.
Reading, PA 19611


Dr. Elena Lawrick, Education Department Chair

Dr. Kathy McCord, Undergraduate Education Program Coordinator

Education Undergraduate Programs