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Tailor your college experience and inspire future generations by sharing your passion and love of learning

Think back. What was it about your favorite elementary and high school teachers that stands out? Their energy? Their passion? Often, a great teacher’s ability to build relationships begins with deep knowledge and passion for their subject matter.

Teachers who love teaching dig deep. At Albright, education students don’t just major in education. Albrightians earn teaching certification while fully exploring one of more than two dozen major areas of study. So tailor you Albright College experience to your own interests, and discover unlimited possibilities.

Early Childhood Education (Pre K-4) with co-majors

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Rodney E. Warfield, Ed.D.
Professor of Education, Chair of the Education Department, Coordinator of Graduate Studies
610-921-7791
rwarfield@albright.edu

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Dr. Randall Grove
Secondary and Middle Level Assessment
rgrove@albright.edu

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Michele Mislevy
Instructional Technologist
mmislevy@albright.edu

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Dr. Cheryl Yocum
Early Childhood and Adolescent Development

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Denise G. Meister, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
610-929-6758
dmeister@albright.edu


Teacher Certification Programs at Albright College

Because Albright is a liberal arts college, we offer certification in education but not a degree in education.
If you are a student interested in earning your teacher certification at Albright College and you have questions, please contact someone in the Education Department


Candidates for secondary education, foreign language, or art certifications, must fulfill certification requirements as well as obtain a degree in a content area to be eligible for a certification in one of the content areas below.

Secondary Education Certifications (7th -12th Grade)

  • Biology – Must co-major in Secondary Education and Biology
  • Chemistry, 7-12 – Must co-major in Secondary Education and Chemistry
  • English, 7-12 – Must co-major in Secondary Education and English
  • Mathematics, 7-12 – Must co-major in Secondary Education and Mathematics
  • Physics, 7-12 – Must co-major in Secondary Education and Physics
  • Social Studies, 7-12 – Must co-major in Secondary Education and History or History/Political Science

K-12th Teacher Certifications

  • Art – Must major in Art Education
  • French – Must co-major in Secondary Education and French
  • Spanish – Must co-major in Secondary Education and Spanish

Teacher Certification Requirements

The following are the general requirements for inclusion and retention in all Albright College teacher certification programs culminating in a professional semester that includes student teaching. Specific requirements (minimum GPA, PDE tests, and course requirements) for teacher certification are revised for each entering class. Candidates for Pennsylvania teacher certification must consult with an Education Department adviser for current information regarding specific requirements.

  1. Successful admission into an Albright Teacher Certification Program.
  2. Passing scores on Pennsylvania required basic skills tests and certification tests.
  3. A grade of C or above in all courses associated with teaching certificate. A C- in any of these courses will require the student to repeat the course.
  4. Recommendation of concentration department.
  5. Recommendation of Education Department.
  6. Formal admission to the professional semester by the Albright Teacher Education Committee in accordance with the screening and retention policies for teacher certification programs.
  7. Minimum 3.0 GPA

All certification programs require extensive field and classroom experiences. Albright requires membership in the student organization of the Pennsylvania State Education Association.


PDE Testing Requirements

Basic Skills Assessments

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requires all teacher candidates to show competency in the basic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.

Albright education students must show competency in the basic skills prior to applying for the certification program at the end of their sophomore year.


As of March 2016, Students may show competency using different test vendors for each basic skill.


ETS’s Praxis Core Academic Skills: Reading, Writing, & Mathematics Tests

http://www.ets.org/praxis/about/core/content

  • Pass scores:

Reading (5712):          156

Writing (5722):           162

Mathematics (5732):   150

OR

  • Achieve a composite score of 475 for all three Praxis Core skills tests, with no scores below the following minimums: Reading 148, Math 142, and Writing 158

Pearson’s PAPA (Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment): Reading, Mathematics, & Writing Modules                                                                                              http://www.pa.nesinc.com

  • Achieve a passing score of 220 or above on each of the three modules

OR

  • Achieve a composite score of 686 for all three modules, with no scores below the following minimums: Reading 193, Math 197, and Writing 192

SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test)*                                               Taken prior to college enrollment.

A SAT score 500 or higher on each individual section (Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics).

ACT+ Writing (American College Test Plus Writing)*                Taken prior to college enrollment.

  • Tests taken prior to September 2015 require a composite score of 23 accompanied by a combined English/Writing score of 22 or higher and a Math score of 21 or higher.
  • Tests taken after September 2015 require separate scores of Reading – 22; Mathematics – 21; and Writing – 21.

*Prior to teacher certification, the student must provide official SAT and/or ACT test scores in an envelope sealed by the test vendor.  This sealed envelope should be given to the Albright Certification Officer.


Curriculum Requirements by Program

ART EDUCATION CERTIFICATION

The Art Education certification is a grades K-12 program.

Art courses  (10)

  • ART 101 Drawing
  • ART 103 Design
  • ART 104 Survey of Art History
  • 100- or 200-level Art History course
  • ART 112 Painting
  • ART 113 Sculpture I
  • ART 114 Printmaking
  • ART 212 Painting II or ART 213 Sculpture II
  • ART 265 Computer Graphics
  • ART 400 Studio Topics

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • ART/EDU 337 Teaching Arts in the Elementary School and lab
  • ART/EDU 338 Teaching Arts in the Secondary School and lab
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 411 Elementary Art Student Teaching
    • EDU 412 Secondary Art Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

SECONDARY BIOLOGY EDUCATION

The Biology Education certification is a grades 7-12 program.

Biology & Related Science Courses (14)

  • BIO 201 General Biology I
  • BIO 202 General Biology II
  • BIO 203 General Biology III
  • BIO 311 Ecology
  • BIO 314 Botany
  • BIO 321 Bacteriology
  • BIO 330 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • 400-level Biology course
  • EVS 205 Geology
  • PHY 201 General Physics I
  • CHE 105 General Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHE 106 General Analytical Chemistry II
  • CHE 207 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 208 Organic Chemistry II

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
    • Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    • Pre-Calculus, Statistics, or Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

SECONDARY CHEMISTRY EDUCATION

The Chemistry Education certification is a grades 7-12 program.

Chemistry and Related Science Courses (12)

  • CHE 105 General Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHE 106 General Analytical Chemistry II
  • CHE 207 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHE 208 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHE 321 Physical Chemistry I
  • CHE 322 Physical Chemistry II
  • CHE 323 Instrumental Analysis
  • CHE 325 Biochemistry I
  • CHE 324 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHE 470 Advanced Topics in Chemistry Education
  • PHY 201 General Physics I
  • PHY 202 General Physics II

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
    • MAT 131 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    • MAT 132 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

SECONDARY ENGLISH EDUCATION

The English Education certification is a grades 7-12 program.

English Courses (12)

  • ENG 201 British Texts to 1780
  • ENG 202 British Texts 1780 to Present
  • ENG 204 Survey of American Literature
  • ENG 226 Grammar
  • 2 American Literature courses
  • 2 300-level English courses not in American literature
  • ENG 399 Seminar on Theory and Methods
  • ENG 301 History of the English Language
  • ENG 354 Shakespeare
  • ENG 491 Senior Seminar

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • ENG 102 Composition II (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
    • ENG 234 Adolescent Literature
  • Mathematics (2 units)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

SECONDARY MATHEMATICS EDUCATION

The Mathematics Education certification is a grades 7-12 program.

Mathematics and related courses (11)

  • MAT 233 Calculus & Analytic Geometry III
  • MAT 250 Foundations of Mathematics
  • MAT 310 Probability and Statistics
  • MAT 320 Linear Algebra
  • MAT 325 Abstract Algebra
  • MAT 334 Differential Equations or MAT 360 Numerical Methods
  • MAT 340 Geometry
  • MAT 431 Real Analysis
  • MAT 491 Seminar I
  • Math elective (300 or 400 level)
  • PHY 201 General Physics I

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
    • MAT 131 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    • MAT 132 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

SECONDARY PHYSICS EDUCATION

The Physics Education certification is a grades 7-12 program.

Physics and related math courses (13)

  • PHY 201 General Physics I
  • PHY 202 General Physics II
  • PHY 203 General Physics III
  • PHY 251 Thermodynamics & Statistical Physics
  • PHY 262 Electronics
  • PHY 340 Classical Mechanics
  • PHY 351 Electromagnetism I
  • PHY 431 Advanced Physics Lab I
  • PHY 441 Quantum Physics I
  • PHY 490 Senior Seminar
  • MAT 233 Calculus III
  • MAT 255 Math for Chemistry & Physics
  • MAT 334 Differential Equations

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
    • MAT 131 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
    • MAT 132 Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION

The Social Studies Education certification is a grades 7-12 program.

Social Studies courses (History Major)  (14)

  • World history– HIS 101, 122, 135, 136, or 137
  • American history — HIS 151, 152, or 153
  • 2 more American history at the 200/300 level
  • 2 European history at the 200/300 level
  • 1 African, Asian, or Latin American history
  • HIS 216 Keystone: Pennsylvania in the Wider World
  • POL 101 American Government
  • POL 240 Geography
  • SOC 201 Social Problems
  • Economics: ECO 100, 105, or 195
  • HIS 493 Seminar I
  • HIS 494 Seminar II

– OR –

Social Studies courses (History Major & Political Science Minor) (18)

  • World history — HIS 101, 122, 135, 136, or 137
  • American history — HIS 151, 152, or 153
  • 2 more American history at the 200/300 level
  • 2 European history at the 200/300 level
  • 1 African, Asian, or Latin American history
  • HIS 216 Keystone: Pennsylvania in the Wider World
  • POL 101 American Government
  • POL 202 International Relations or POL 205 Comparative Politics
  • POL 207 Research Methods
  • POL 240 Geography
  • One POL elective
  • Sociology: SOC 201 Social Problems or SOC 262 Social Stratification
  • Economics: ECO 100, 105 or 195
  • POL Senior Seminar
  • HIS 493 Seminar I
  • HIS 494 Seminar II

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II. (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

FOREIGN/WORLD LANGUAGES EDUCATION

The Foreign/World Languages Education certification is a grades PK-12 program.

French courses  (11)

  • FRE 202 Intermediate French II (requires FRE 201 or placement into FRE 202)
  • FRE 301 Advanced French I
  • FRE 302 Advanced French II
  • French 300-level literature course
  • Five French 300-level content courses
  • FRE 371 Applied Linguistics
  • FRE 492 Seminar
  • Semester study abroad strongly recommended
  • European history/culture course recommended

– OR –

Spanish courses (11)

  • SPA 202/204 Intermediate Spanish II (requires SPA 201/203 or placement into SPA 202/204)
  • SPA 301 Advanced Composition & Conversation I
  • SPA 302 Advanced Composition & Conversation II
  • Spanish 300-level literature course
  • Five Spanish 300-level content courses
  • SPA 371 Applied Linguistics
  • SPA 492 Seminar
  • Semester study abroad strongly recommended
  • Latin American Studies course recommended

– OR –

Latin courses (9)

  • LAT 101 Elementary Latin I
  • LAT 102 Elementary Latin II
  • LAT 201 Intermediate Latin
  • LAT 202 Latin Literature of Golden Age
  • LAT 301 Advanced Latin Prose
  • LAT 302 Advanced Latin Poetry
  • LAT 401 Selected Topics
  • HIS 101 Early Civilizations
  • ART 105 Ancient & Medieval Art or PHI 210 Greek & Medieval Philosophy or ENG 270 The Classical Heritage

Professional courses  (12)

  • EDU 202 Theories & Practices
  • EDU 230 Communication Skills for Teachers
  • EDU 345 Secondary Methods I and lab
  • EDU 346 Secondary Methods II and lab
  • EDU 347 ELL Strategies for the Adolescent
  • EDU 350 Educational Technology
  • EDU 440 Teacher as Researcher: Data-Driven Instruction
  • SPE 340 Inclusive Practice
  • SPE 341 Adolescents with Special Needs
  • Professional semester
    • EDU 403 Professional Seminar
    • EDU 407 Secondary Student Teaching
    • EDU 408 Secondary Student Teaching

Courses required for Pennsylvania certification  (6)

  • English (2 units)
    • Literature
    • ENG 102 Composition II. (prerequisite ENG 101 or placement)
  • Mathematics (2 units)
  • PSY 100 General Psychology
  • PSY 230 Human Development

EDU 200
Introduction to Early Childhood Education: Applied Child Development and Learning
This course will provide an overview of the basic principles in development from prenatal to adolescent. The student will review trends in contemporary research on physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development from birth to adolescence and the impact of the interaction of these various aspects of development upon the individual as a whole. Major issues examined in this course include the relation of nature to nurture, of genes to environment, of the developing individual to the changing social context, and of mental health to school performance and learning theories. The course will begin with the history of developmental psychology.  The student will be expected to discuss the contexts in which children live, with a particular focus on family, peers, and the larger cultural context.  The course will end with an examination of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional development, with consideration of the cultural context, and focusing particularly within the family unit. GENERAL STUDIES FOUNDATIONS-SOCIAL SCIENCE

EDU 202
Middle Level and Secondary Education: Theories and Practices

This course is designed to prepare students to teach in a Middle Level and/or Secondary Level environment. The course will be built around two philosophies: 1) a Middle Level structure for grades 4 through 8 and 2) a High School Level/ Secondary structure for grades 7-12. A strong focus of the course will be on the transition of elementary students into the Middle Level environment and the subsequent transition of Middle Level students into the High School/ Secondary Level environment. The types of teams and departmental organizations found in the school settings will be discussed. The role of adolescent development will be studied as it impacts student performance in both settings. An initial study of learning theory will be presented to lay a foundation for the study of instructional methodology in both levels of schooling.

EDU 230
Communications Skills for Teachers

Teacher certification candidates will develop and refine oral and written communications skills with a focus on delivering instruction, conducting parent-teacher conferences, and collaborating with peers.  Teacher certification candidates will also develop proficiency in written English language usage with a focus on communication with parents, administrators, and community agencies or businesses.  (Prerequisite: ENG 102)

EDU 301
Adolescent Development and Learning
This course is designed for students who have a secondary education concentration, and it will focus on the transitionary period between childhood and adulthood which we call adolescence. We will examine the fundamental physical, cognitive, and social transitions of adolescence, the environmental contexts of adolescence, and the psychosocial development that occurs during this period. While doing so,we will also explore the theories of Piaget, Vygotsky, Erikson, information processing, Kohlberg, Dweck, and others as they relate to adolescent development, teaching, and learning.

EDU 320
PK-4 Mathematics/Science: Instruction and Assessment

This course is designed to provide participant with the current theory, research, and processes associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction and assessment for young children (PK – 4).  Participants will build familiarity with the PA Early Learning Standards for Mathematical Thinking and Expression and Scientific Thinking & Technology and the PA Standards for Mathematics; Science & Technology; and Environment & Ecology.  Early Childhood Teacher Candidates will develop their lesson planning skills and an understanding of how to construct a unit of study, using Bloom’s Taxonomy and Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences as guides for engaging diverse learners in varied levels of mathematical and scientific thinking.

EDU 321
PK-4 Social Studies,Arts & Humanities: Instruction and Assessment
The underlying assumptions of the social studies methods course are embedded in constructivist philosophy. In this approach, students are thought to learn best when they are involved directly in authentic experiences. The experiences are planned and mediated by the teacher such that students gain in-depth understandings of their own lives within a diverse society and of today’s world. Teachers must plan carefully and thoroughly for such activities to take place successfully. They must take into account student characteristics and prior experiences in order to create meaningful experiences. Most likely, in this problem-centered approach, students become engaged from multiple perspectives, thus instruction and learning are “integrated.” This is where the Arts (ex. Art, Music, Theater) and the Humanities (ex. Literature, Foreign Languages) enter the picture, supported by the Mathematics and the Sciences.  Social Studies units will be built on this Interdisciplinary approach using Children’s Literature as the source of the topic with all of the other subject areas working together to provide the opportunities to learn at the student’s own level.  Students will become engaged in their work by integrating Art and Music under the guidance of the skilled classroom teacher.  During the actual instructional event, teachers may spend much of their time as coaches and facilitators (rather than center stage disseminators of knowledge). Anticipated outcomes for the learners are in-depth conceptual knowledge, critical thinking processes, social skill development and positive self-esteem.

EDU 322
PreK-4 Science and Health Instruction and Assessment
This course is a study of the instructional methodology, content, and curriculum of the Pre-K-4 science and health classroom.  Using the PA Early Learning Standards and the Standards for Science and Technology, Environment and Ecology, and Health, Safety and Physical Education, teacher candidates will develop instructional strategies, assessment tools and curriculum materials.  Early childhood education candidates will learn to develop curricula based on factual knowledge and conceptual development, helping children build on their natural curiosity to develop skills and knowledge in the sciences.  Course instruction will focus on the development of science content knowledge, knowledge of how students learn science, and an understanding of  how to plan effective instruction.   Methodology focus will include: Inquiry Learning, Cooperative Learning, Power Teaching, Direct Instruction, inductive and deductive teaching, self reflection, team teaching, interdisciplinary projects, and child initiated activities.  Students will participate in lab sessions and classroom activities at Albright’s Professional Development School and the Albright Learning Center.  Enrollment in this course is limited to students who have been admitted to Albright’s Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification Program and who have completed EDU 200 and 220.  Candidates will complete a minimum of ten hours of levels one and two field work.  Clearances are required.

EDU 323
Early Childhood Learning: Emergent/Early Literacy and Language Development

This course focuses on early language and literacy development during the age span of birth through grade one.  An emphasis will be placed on the development of theoretical conceptualizations, research-based methods of instruction, tools to assess student learning, and strategies to design developmentally appropriate instruction.  Candidates will develop competency in implementing adult-child interactions and creating learning environments that support early language and literacy development.  This course is a field-intensive methods course, requiring substantial classroom time at the Albright Early Learning Center AELC, at local preschools, and Head Start.  Some classes will meet at the AELC.

EDU 324
Language Arts: Grades 2-4
This course introduces Early Childhood Education certification candidates to instruction and assessment strategies to support the literacy development of the child from grades 2 to 4.  Candidates will develop an understanding of research-based strategies for supporting the development of developing and sustaining readers and writers.  Course activities will include observation of classroom instruction as the certification candidates build a foundation of understanding of effective early literacy instruction and assessment.  Candidates will tutor primary students and assist primary teachers with literacy instruction.  Through this service learning, candidates will complete a minimum of 10 hours of level 2 field experiences.

EDU 327
English Language Learning Strategies for the Developing Child

This course introduces early childhood education certification candidates to instruction and assessment knowledge, laying the pedagogical foundations for teaching a diverse population (Pre-K-4).  The purpose of this course is to provide students with the philosophical, theoretical, and instructional foundations for understanding the schooling experiences of English language learners.  Within this broader context, historical, legal and policy issues will be examined to assess their impact on school practices and student performance.  Candidates will examine and understand key concepts of first and second language acquisition, language proficiency, and comprehensible input, research-based instructional strategies for academic development and assessment, and parental involvement. While enrolled in this course, candidates will be participating in a Practicum Semester in which they will be team teaching with a classroom teacher in an inclusive setting. With this course, teacher candidates will become more knowledgeable and better prepared to teach in our ever- growing diverse society.  Enrollment in this course is limited to students who have been admitted to Albright’s Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification Program and who have completed EDU 323 and 324.  Clearances are required.

EDU 328
The Early Childhood Practicum

This course is designed to engage participants in the study of and practical application of research-based models of instruction and assessment. Candidates will develop an understanding of classroom management strategies, focusing on the development of high engagement learning environments that integrate social-emotional learning, discipline and self-regulation. Candidates will work in K-4 classrooms for four half-days (or two full days) during the Practicum semester.  Collaboratively planning and implementing instruction with a primary classroom teacher, candidates will develop strategies to differentiate instruction.  They will use flexible grouping and a variety of co-teaching models to implement data-driven instruction. Candidates meet weekly for on-campus seminars.  Candidates will expand their understanding of teaching as a partnership with their students’ families and communities.  They will develop a stronger understanding of how to promote wellness, good nutrition, and healthful practices in the PK-4 classroom.

EDU/ART 337
Teaching Arts in the Elementary School
This course engages art education candidates in developing an understanding of the philosophy and principles of art education in the elementary school curriculum. Students study classroom problems and procedures in various teaching situations. Emphasis is placed upon application, observation and evaluation of teaching at the elementary level. This course is a pre-student teaching experience in which each student prepares lessons for N-7 instruction. Activities include field trips, observations and classroom presentations.

EDU/ART 338
Teaching Arts in the Secondary School
This course engages art education candidates in the investigation of the concepts and values of art theory and practice as related to the secondary curriculum. Students study classroom problems and procedures in various teaching situations. Emphasis is placed upon application, observation and evaluation of teaching as related to the adolescent in the secondary school. This course is a pre-student teaching experience in which each student prepares lessons for secondary art instruction. Activities include field trips, observations and classroom presentations.

EDU 346
Secondary Methods of Instruction II
This course is required for students seeking Pennsylvania certification to teach biology, chemistry, physics, English, foreign language (Spanish or French), mathematics, and social studies at the secondary level. This course is divided into two segments. Segment 1 meets for seven 3-hour seminars to develop competency in research-based methods of instruction and assessment. Danielson’s Framework for Teaching guides the process of developing competencies in instructional planning, classroom management, assessment, instruction and professional responsibilities. Segment 2 is based on student observations in a classroom taught by highly qualified teachers (as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education) in specific-content areas. These classroom teachers will conduct professional seminars during this segment, building competencies guided by Danielson’s Framework for Teaching.

EDU 347
English Language Learner Strategies for Adolescents

This course introduces middle level and secondary education certification candidates to instruction and assessment strategies for teaching English language learners, laying pedagogical foundations for teaching a diverse population.  Within this broader context, historical, legal and policy issues will be examined to assess their impact on school practices and student performance.  Candidates will examine and understand key concepts of first and second language acquisition, language proficiency, and comprehensible input, research-based instructional strategies for academic development and assessment, and parental involvement. When enrolled in this class, candidates will be co-teaching with a classroom teacher in an inclusive setting in their practicum semester. With this course, teacher candidates will be more knowledgeable and better prepared to teach in our ever- growing diverse society.  Candidates will enroll concurrently in EDU 348, 440, and SPE 341.  Enrollment in this course is limited to students who have completed EDU 343 and who have been admitted to Albright’s Teacher Certification Program.  Clearances are required.

EDU 350
Instructional Technology
This course will prepare teacher certification candidates to use technology in the PK-12 environment and to reflect how technology impacts the teacher, the student and the classroom as a whole.  Course objectives are developed in accordance with the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Performance Standards for Teachers as well as the PA Information Literacy Standards, which are located in the Academic Standards for Business, Computer, and Information Technology. The content of the course continually changes to meet the ongoing growth in this field.   Enrollment in this course is limited to students who have been admitted to Albright’s Teacher Certification Program.

EDU 409
PK-4 Student Teaching and Seminar
Supervised practicum in teaching at the secondary level, this experience provides opportunities for gradual assumption of full instructional responsibility in Pk-4 classrooms. Daily, full-day for one semester, student teaching is under the guidance of classroom cooperating teachers and a college supervisor.  Candidates complete a minimum of 12 weeks of level four field work.  Student teachers meet on campus for seminars to support entry into the teaching profession.  Students must apply for admission and be approved by The Teacher Education Committee prior to beginning the Professional Semester of Student Teaching.

EDU 411
Secondary Student Teaching and Seminar
Supervised practicum in teaching at the secondary level, this experience provides opportunities for gradual assumption of full instructional responsibility in a secondary classroom. Daily, full-day for one semester, student teaching is under the guidance of classroom cooperating teachers and a college supervisor.  Candidates complete a minimum of 12 weeks of level four field work.  Student teachers meet on campus for seminars to support entry into the teaching profession.  Students must apply for admission and be approved by The Teacher Education Committee prior to beginning the Professional Semester of Student Teaching.

EDU 412
Art K-12 Student Teaching and Seminar
Supervised practicum in teaching at the elementary and secondary levels, this experience provides opportunities for gradual assumption of full instructional responsibility in an elementary art and a secondary art classroom. Daily, full-day for one semester, student teaching is under the guidance of classroom cooperating teachers and a college supervisor.  Candidates complete a minimum of 12 weeks of level four field work.  Student teachers meet on campus for seminars to support entry into the teaching profession.  Students must apply for admission and be approved by The Teacher Education Committee prior to beginning the Professional Semester of Student Teaching.

SPE 340
The Secondary Inclusive Classroom: Assessment & Adaptations
This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers in today’s secondary inclusive classrooms presenting a variety of teaching and assessment strategies that have been proven effective in educating both general and special education students.  The goals of this course are to have participants develop an understanding of the special educational needs of students with mild-moderate disabilities; to have participants develop a practical understanding and demonstrate a proficiency in creating and implementing teaching approaches designed to accommodate the individual needs of all students, both with and without disabilities, and to assess the individuals with both teacher made and professionally made materials for better programming in their classrooms.

SPE 380
The Early Childhood Inclusive Classroom: Assessment & Adaptations
This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers in today’s early childhood inclusive classrooms presenting a variety of teaching and assessment strategies that have been proven effective in educating both general and special education students.  The goals of this course are to have participants develop an understanding of the special educational needs of students with mild-moderate disabilities; to have participants develop a practical understanding and demonstrate a proficiency in creating and implementing teaching approaches designed to accommodate the individual needs of all students, both with and without disabilities, and to assess the individuals with both teacher made and professionally made materials for better programming in their classrooms.

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Albright College
Education Department
Masters Hall
13th & Bern Streets
Reading, PA 19612-5234
Phone: 610-921-7791
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Awards

  • Early Childhood Education Award – A distinguished student teacher award for a student who excels in the Early Childhood Education Program
  • Secondary Education Award (M. Briel Award) – A cash award, the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Briel in memory of Elwood F. Briel, is bestowed by the Albright College Education Department upon a senior or graduate pursuing teacher certification who demonstrates outstanding performance in secondary classroom teaching
  • Mertz Award – The income from an investment provided by Edgar T. Mertz in honor of his wife, Patricia Shearer Mertz, Class of ’53, is awarded to an Albright junior currently enrolled in the Teacher Education Program who shows promise of excellence or outstanding performance as a classroom teacher. The recipient is selected by Albright’s education faculty, and the proceeds of the award are designated to satisfy college costs in the senior year.
  • Grace Jones Memorial Award – This award is given in memory of our beloved colleague, Grace Jones. It honors an exemplary elementary education teaching candidate. The recipient of this award displays evidence of high ethical standards, consistent professional interactions, exemplary performance during student teaching, and a passion for teaching-all competencies emphasized by Grace during her tenure as supervisor and instructor in Albright’s Teacher Certification Program.

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Our Mission Statement
Albright College is a liberal arts institution. Within the context of a liberal arts education, the mission of the Teacher Certification Programs at Albright College is the development of broadly educated professionals who are knowledgeable in areas of specialization, skilled in pedagogy, technologically proficient and cognizant of divergent learning processes. Albright aims to develop reflective practitioners who are knowledgeable and thoughtful facilitators of the learning, growth and development of students in a culturally diverse and complex world.

Early Field Experience – Secondary Only

At Albright College, each secondary education student is required to complete EDU 214, “Early Field Experience” during the Interim of the junior year, and EDU 314, “Early Field Experience II,” in January, during the Interim of the senior year.

“Early Field Experience” is an experiential course designed to acquaint the prospective teacher candidate with the reality of classroom teaching. Students are assigned to work with a teacher in a classroom in a local school for 150 hours of on-the-job training.

How to Apply:

In order to participate in Early Field I or II, students must:

  • Complete an Early Field Application and submit it to Mr. Michael Hipple at mhipple@albright.edu
  • Have current background clearances . Students must have background clearances prior to entering any Pennsylvania Public School. This is a state regulation and there are no exceptions.
  • Have a current membership to Student PSEA. This membership provides you with essential liability insurance while you are in schools completing field work. Proof of membership must be on file with the Education Department prior to your early field placement in January.
  • Register for the Interim session of EDU 214 or EDU 314
  • Attend a meeting in South Lounge on the first day of Interim

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Hipple, Director of Field Placement.


Student Teaching

Successful completion of student teaching is required for certification by Albright College and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. During the professional semester at Albright College, each education student is assigned two placements of student teaching to complete 12 weeks of Student Teaching in a classroom setting. Student teaching assignments are secured by Albright’s director of field experiences in cooperation with Pre-K – 12 school districts in Berks County and surrounding areas. During this time the students are mentored by a college supervisor and the classroom teachers as they develop their professional teaching skills.

Student Teachers must also complete a professional seminar course during their student teaching assignment.

Admission to the professional semester of student teaching begins with an electronic application, completed and submitted, to Michael Hipple, Director of Field Placement. The application process also includes applying for all background clearances. All the required directions and forms are listed below as well as the link to the PDE website where background clearance information can be found.