Education: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education major at Pitt-Greensburg

67 Credits
Bachelor of Science
Teaching Certificate

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has granted Early Childhood with the highest levels of approval for programs of its kind. Most notable is the “initial approval with special designation” given to the Early Childhood Education program, distinguishing it as a model program with innovative practices.

Teacher candidates wishing to teach preschool and early elementary grades (through fourth grade) choose this educational track.
Classes focus on:

  • pedagogy, assessment, and management of students;
  • subject matter content (including reading, writing, math, social studies, science and fine arts) for Pre K-4 students;
  • childhood development and familial interactions.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Education Program at Pitt-Greensburg is to prepare highly skilled and knowledgeable secondary and early childhood teachers capable of empowering their students to master the challenges of an increasingly technological and science-driven global society.

Career Options

Course Descriptions

Graduate School Guarantee — Master of Education (M.Ed.) or
the Master of Teaching (MAT) Programs
University of Pittsburgh School of Education

Required Criteria:

  • Indicate Pre-Education on admissions application.
  • Earn a 3.5 grade point average in high school and a minimum 1250 SAT (combined Critical Reading and Math) or 28 ACT.
  • Maintain a 3.25 grade point average as a full-time undergraduate student at a regional campus (individual instances where a student's grade point average falls below 3.25 will be reviewed by the Dean of the School of Education).
  • Adttend a School of Education Information Session.
  • Declare the specific teacher education program by the end of junior year.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses for the teachere education specialty area.
  • Candidates in foreign language must also attain a rating of at least Advanced Low on the OPI examination administered by ACTFL.
  • Show evidence of substantial experience working or volunteering with children or adolescents as a teacher, tutor, camp counselor, etc.
  • For information about the Graduate School of Education, go to

Course Sequence Maps:

Early Childhood Education
  8 semester sequence map

Early Childhood Education/Behavior Analysis

  9 semester sequence map

  9 semester sequence map / summer classes

Early Childhood Education/Children's Literature
  9 semester sequence map

  9 semester sequence map / summer classes

Early Childhood Education/Psychology Minor
  9 semester sequence map

  9 semester sequence map / summer classes

Listing below does not include general requirements.  

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
PSY 0310 Developmental Psych 3 cr
PSY 1001 Educational Psychology 3 cr
ADMPS 1001 Soc Fnds of Ed./Prac. 3 cr.
EDPSY 0009 Eng. Lang. Learners 1 cr.
I & L 1060 Ed. of Exc. Stud. I /Prac. 3 cr.
I & L 1061 Ed. of Exc. Stud. II/Prac. 3 cr.
I & L 1150 Health Ed. in Primary Yrs. 3 cr.
I & L 1160 Soc. Stud. in Primary Yrs. 2 cr.
I & L 1210 Emergent Literacy 3 cr.
I & L 1215 Reading in Primary Yrs. 3 cr.
I & L 1218 Assessment in Education 3 cr.
I & L 1220 Lang. Arts in Primary Yrs. 3 cr.
I & L 1222 Math in Primary Yrs. 3 cr.
I & L 1225 Pedagogy Lab, Lit/Math 1 cr.
I & L 1275 Integrating Creative Arts 3 cr.
I & L 1330 Strat & Tech of Inst/Prac. 3 cr.
I & L 1324 Engaging Young Children in Learning/Practicum 3 cr.
I & L 1410 School-Family-Community Collaboration 2 cr.
I & L 1420 Science in Primary Yrs. 2 cr.
I & L 1700 Early Field Experience 3 cr.
I & L 1810 Pre-Student Teaching 1 cr.
I & L 1820 Student Teaching 12 cr.
I & L 1875 Student Teaching Seminar 1 cr.
I & L 0020 Directed Tutoring Optional 1-3 cr.