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Innovative Programs

Professional Development School

The PDS is a collaborative professional development program between Penn State and the State College Area School District through which Penn State pre-service teachers participate in a full-year internship experience in classrooms in the school district. Teacher educators, veteran teachers and pre-service teachers learn together as they work to enhance the learning of elementary students.

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Student teaching- and study- abroad

The Penn State College of Education offers students opportunities to teach or study in a foreign country. The short term student teaching abroad option allows students to do both a traditional student teaching placement in Pennsylvania followed by an international placement in one of 16 countries: Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Turkey, or Wales. Students can also gain international experience by studying abroad through the College's exchange programs.

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College's Special Education, Autism program adds state endorsement

The Penn State College of Education announced an expansion of their special education and autism program that now features the Pennsylvania Department of Education's Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Endorsement. This addition is intended to improve a teacher's skills in dealing with complex classroom settings and to assist them in gaining expertise in effectively educating the growing ASD population through specific coursework, relevant field experience and research.

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Childhood and Early Adolescent Education B.S. program awarded nationally recognized accreditation

An option in the Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (CEAED) program in Penn State's College of Education recently received high marks from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the primary accreditation agency for teacher certification. The pre-kindergarten through fourth grade (PK-4) option passed the comprehensive evaluation with NCATE's highest rating, nationally recognized with no conditions. This means the program was accepted without any further actions required.

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New study-abroad course focused on disability is only one of its kind

The College of Education recently announced a new study-abroad course that will take place in Ireland in June 2015. The course, which is titled "Culture and Disability," is the only study-abroad program at the University that is focused specifically on disability.

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New online degree, M.P.S in Organization Development and Change

The Penn State College of Education is partnering with Penn State World Campus in 2014 a new master of professional studies (M.P.S.) in organization development and change (OD&C). The program is a 33-credit master’s degree program that is aimed toward professionals in fields such as talent management, corporate development and performance improvement in government, nonprofit organizations and industry. Classes are planned to start in summer of 2014.

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New online degree, M.Ed. in Higher Education

The program in HIED is a 30-credit master’s degree program that is geared for individuals who are currently working in or who would like to work in higher education. Classes are planned to start in fall of 2014. Within the program, students have the opportunity to declare one of three emphasis areas: (1) student engagement (e.g., admissions, advising and residence life), (2) institutional research and assessment (e.g., institutional planning, budgeting and student assessments) and (3) administration and leadership.

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