All of our majors will prepare you to be an effective teacher of diverse learners. We believe that teachers are problem-solving professionals, so your program will develop your abilities to think, solve problems, and make decisions in critical areas such as instructional planning, instructional delivery, assessment, and classroom management. In addition to your education coursework, you will develop a broad knowledge base by studying a wide variety of subjects such as mathematics, history, biology, literature, foreign language, psychology, and the arts. You will also have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of an academic subject of your choice by completing a 12 credit disciplinary focus.
Beginning early in your program, you will have opportunities to observe local public school classrooms. These focused visits help you learn about the roles and responsibilities of teachers and encourage you to evaluate your choice of teaching as a career. As you progress in your program, you will be actively involved in classrooms as you design and implement your own instructional plans, assess your learners, and assist the classroom teacher with administrative tasks.
Your senior year culminates with an entire professional semester that includes a full-time 12-week student teaching experience. College supervisors and experienced classroom teachers work with you to develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities in a public school classroom. The experience is designed to transition you from student to teacher.
This early childhood education major prepares you to teach in
preschools and grades K-4 in public and private schools. As part of your preparation, you will have opportunities to work in the campus Early Learning Center, assuming administrative responsibilities, designing the curriculum, and implementing instruction. We believe that teachers are problem-solving professionals. So your early childhood education program will develop your abilities to think, solve problems, and make decisions in critical areas such as instructional planning, instructional delivery, assessment, and classroom management. In addition to your education coursework, you will develop a broad knowledge base by studying a wide variety of subjects such as mathematics, history, biology, literature, foreign language, psychology, and the arts. You also will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of an academic subject of your choice by completing a 12-credit disciplinary focus.
Special education is offered as a dual certification program with the Pre K-4 certification. The dual certification will allow you to complete certification requirements for both Pre K-4 and Special Education. Certification in special education qualifies you to work as a special education teacher at the preschool, elementary, and middle school level. Teachers in schools must be prepared to deal with the tremendous diversity in student learning needs. Our dual certification program will provide you with the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of all your learners. Through the PreK-4 curriculum, you will acquire a foundation for effective thinking, systematic planning, decision making, and differentiating instruction in the classroom. The special education program builds on this foundation by introducing you to in-depth perspectives on learners with special needs, behavioral intervention strategies, approaches to assessment, developmental issues, and appropriate instructional strategies. You will have the opportunity to apply your developing knowledge of special education by participating in several field experiences in local public schools and community organizations in addition to the field experiences that are already built into the elementary education program.
Education with Teaching Certification in Middle Level (Grade 4-8) (B.S.)
The middle level certification is a new Pennsylvania certification program designed to prepare students to teach in upper primary, middle, intermediate, and junior high schools. Students in the middle level take introductory and upper level courses in content areas, as well as education. This combination of courses allows students to develop strong content knowledge and pedagogical skills. Messiah offers the middle level certificate with the following concentrations:
Secondary Education 7-12 and K-12
Messiah College offers secondary certification in a number of content areas. These certifications are housed in the academic department for each content area.
The Department of Education also offers four minors:
The 18-credit education minor provides an opportunity for any Messiah College student to study the field of education without completing a teacher certification program.
The 28-credit early childhood education minor is available to any Messiah College student who is interested in working with young children. Students who complete the minor are eligible for Private Nursery School Certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
This 18-credit minor is designed to provide opportunities for teacher certification students to study the variables and dynamics associated with urban educational settings and culturally diverse learners. Students complete the minor with a combination of courses and field experiences taken at Messiah College and Temple University in Philadelphia.
This 19-credit minor offers courses in theoretical and applied linguistics to prepare students to learn, teach, and analyze language using methods and tools from contemporary linguistic theory.