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Why Study Education at Messiah College?

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  1. Most importantly, we offer all of our programs in the context of a vibrant Christian faith. Our professors are committed Christians who intentionally weave aspects of their faith into all the courses they teach. You will also find many co-curricular opportunities to grow in your Christian faith as you serve others both on and off campus.

  2. Messiah attracts phenomenal students.  In addition to competent and dedicated faculty and staff, you will spend your days with peers who are committed Christians, conscientious students, and remarkable people. The personal and professional relationships you build with college friends may become some of the most important in your life for many years to come.
  3. Our programs are flexible enough for you to study abroad for a semester or take a cross-cultural trip during our 3-week January term or May term.

  4. If you are interested in preparing to teach in an urban setting, we offer a minor in Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Education. Included in this minor are opportunities for urban practicum experiences in Philadelphia or Harrisburg.

  5. Many Messiah athletes major in Education. If you plan to participate in collegiate athletics, our programs are flexible enough to meet your needs.

  6. The Education Department is housed in Messiah's newest academic building, Boyer Hall. Boyer Hall is a state-of-the-art facility that has computer labs, the latest classroom technologies, comfortable classrooms, and even a theater!

  7. We offer Early Childhood (PreK-4), Early Childhood (PreK-4)/Special Education (N-8), and Middle Level (4-8) programs.  The Middle Level programs (9 options in all!) allow you to delve into several areas with their deeper subject knowledge component. We have detailed advising guides for all our programs to help you plan your schedule. You can find course descriptions for all of the courses listed on the guides by visiting our online catalog.

  8. Our programs provide the opportunity to take the General Education courses (e.g., mathematics, science, foreign language, philosophy, literature, history) that all other Messiah students take, providing you with a well-rounded liberal arts education.

  9. You will also take a substantial number of Education courses, including field experiences, to prepare you to function as an independent thinker and problem solver in elementary school classrooms. You will have an introductory field experience sophomore year, two varied, applied field experiences that accompany specific courses junior year, and a culminating student teaching experience during the Professional Semester.

  10. The Early Childhood program has 12 credits of disciplinary focus electives built right into it. These electives give you the opportunity to explore in depth an academic area that interests you. Because nearly all of our minors at Messiah are 18 credits, the disciplinary focus electives make it possible for you to declare a minor in areas that overlap with education. With two additional courses, or AP or transfer credit, you can even declare a minor in mathematics, biology, psychology, Spanish, Bible, sociology, English, history, art, or music -- just to name a few of the possibilities!

  11. All of our teacher certification programs are approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. After completing a certification program at Messiah, you will be eligible to apply for aPennsylvania Instructional I teaching certificate. If you are not a resident of Pennsylvania and plan on returning to your home state (or another state) following graduation, you will find that it is easy to transfer your Pennsylvania certificate to other states because Pennsylvania has reciprocity agreements with 45 other states (all states except Alaska, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota).