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2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Elementary and Early Childhood Education Major with Dual Special Education Certification, B.A.

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Total minimum number of credits required for a major in Elementary and Early Childhood Education leading to the B.A. degree with Dual Special Education Certification - 133

Mission of the Elementary and Early Childhood Program

The mission of the Elementary and Early Childhood Program is to prepare highly effective teachers who have the knowledge, skills,and competencies to prepare PreK-4 students to achieve academic success, and who are prepared to serve a diverse group of children and families in a variety of educational settings.

Wilkes offers an option of a part-time, fully online completion degree pathway within the elementary and early childhood program for transfer students entering with an Associate’s degree or at least 55 transferrable credits. This pathway is designed for the working adult to continue their education part-time in an online environment and follows the same course sequence as the traditional program.Elementary and Early Childhood Education is a major leading to pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) certification. This program incorporates an 18-credit minor in Reading.

Elementary and Early Childhood Education majors take methods of teaching courses in reading, language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, physical education and health, as well as courses in educational theory and practice, assessment, and classroom management. Students must fulfill all of the following requirements:

  1. complete all course work, field experiences, clearances, appropriate tests of basic skills, and student teaching;
  2. complete the following General Education Curriculum requirements, which include:

First Year Foundations

Oral Communications

Fulfilled by OPO courses in Education major

English Composition and Literature

7 credits, completed within the first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE:


6 credits, completed within first 48 credit hours as required by the PDE

Computer Literacy

Foreign Language or Philosophy


3 credits:


6 credits in two different areas and at least one course that includes a laboratory component:


Social Sciences

3 credits in one of the following areas:

Visual and Performing Arts

3 credits in one of the following areas:

1. Complete the Following Education Courses

(All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise noted). Students must follow the requirements for all coursework as set forth in the Student Acknowledgement of Grade Point Average (GPA) and Test of Basic Skills (TBS) Policy of the Wilkes University Education Department


Students must meet all the requirements for and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program to proceed to all 300-level Education courses.

Students should regularly consult with their academic advisors and the Education Department for any changes or considerations. The Education Department maintains specific advising checklists and policy documents to help guide students in their respective programs.

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