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Education – Early Level (Pre K-4)

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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor

Optional Concentrations
  • English Concentration
  • History/Political Science Concentration
  • Biology Concentration

Program Highlights

  • Both K-4 and 4-8 Certification available
  • On-campus child care center for observations/trainings
  • Field placements and early hands-on training
  • All students are PSEA members
  • High-tech teaching environments

Why Study Early Level Education at Mount Aloysius College?

Teaching is a demanding vocation that carries with it real responsibilities. Mount Aloysius supports our Education students through one-on-one access, early exposure to the classroom and a commitment to your professional development.

Your education includes learning strategies on child development theory and best practices. You will receive a sturdy grounding in liberal arts balanced with the practical teaching skills and deep experience of excellent professors. Education studies at Mount Aloysius reflect the College’s core values of mercy, hospitality, service and justice. This degree allows you to teach grades K-4.

What do Early Level Education graduates do?

Most graduates go on to become teachers. Early Level (K-4) certifies graduates to teach any grade from kindergarten to fourth grade.

Educators work with children on a daily basis. They assist with assessment, learning, comprehension, and basic social skills development. Early level educators must be aware of the emotions of the children they work with and learn to adapt.

Possible Careers

Teachers enjoy careers in the following areas:

  • Teacher (with completion of bachelor’s program)
  • Employment at alternative classrooms
  • Many have become principals
  • Head Start and Pre-K Counts
  • Support Services e.g., Pathways to Independence
  • Many graduates enroll in Masters programs after graduation and some pursue doctoral studies.

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers is expected to rise 6% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 87,800 jobs.

The average median wage for a kindergarten teacher (excluding special education) in the state of Pennsylvania is $52,790.  The average median wage for an elementary school teacher (excluding special education) in the state of Pennsylvania is $61,730.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Recent Success Stories

Tiffani Finnegan, Class of 2015, is teaching at Chestnut Ridge School District.

Michaela Villa, Class of 2016, is teaching first grade at Northern Bedford County School District.

Jennifer Mesoras is Principal at Cambria Elementary School, Central Cambria School District.

Who will teach me?

This program has top-notch professors who all have experience in pre-K through 12th Grade classrooms. The professors who teach in the Education Department at Mount Aloysius College have a combined 150 years of teaching experience. All full-time professors hold doctoral degrees.

Dig Deeper!

Available Concentrations and Specializations
Available concentrations and specializations in the Early Level Education program includes:

  • Early Level Pre-K through Grade four with concentrations in English and the Language Arts, History, and Biology
Internship Opportunities
The Bachelor’s degree has student teaching assignments.  Junior students tutor students in math and or reading as part of coursework. Student teaching and tutoring placements occur in local schools and child care centers.

Mountie Insight

"The huge benefit of the program is early exposure to teaching through early placement in local schools."


Education Major

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Meet Our Department!

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Marilyn Roseman
Professor of Early Childhood Education/ Department Chairperson, Education and Sign Language
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Sara Rutledge
Professor of Education
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Paul Gallagher
Fieldwork Coordinator

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