Educational Selections

Students in the Elementary & Early Childhood Education (EECE) PK-4 program are required to choose 6 credits in Educational Selections. This requirement allows students to make individualized choices from a range of courses that have potential to deepen their knowledge of the pedagogy and content of PK-4 classrooms.

Consult the Penn State Bulletin to look up more information on the following courses:

Note: Students may submit an academic petition to request the use of other courses, in particular those that have potential to deepen students’ understandings of pedagogy or content in the PK-4 band, to satisfy this requirement. A rationale, written by the student, for using a particular course must be part of the petition.

Sample Course Selections

  • APLNG 484 Discourse-Functional Grammar (3 credits)
  • APLNG 493 (IL) Teaching English as a Second Language (3)
  • CI 405 Classroom Management (3)
  • CI 497A Media, Popular Culture, and Education (3)
  • CMAS 465 Child Maltreatment: Prevention and Treatment (3)
  • DANCE 412 Practical Applications of Movement in the Classroom (3)
  • E C E 452 Approaches to Contemporary Early Childhood Education Programs (3)
  • E C E 454 Development and Administration of Child Service Programs (3)
  • EDLDR 409 Leadership Studies in Popular Film (3)
  • EDLDR 476 The Teacher and the Law (3)
  • EDLDR 480 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3)
  • EDPSY 421 Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices (3)
  • ED THP 401 (IL) Introduction to Comparative Education (3 credits)
  • ED THP 411 (US) Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States (3)
  • ED THP 412 (WMNST 412) Education and the Status of Women (3)
  • ED THP 416 Sociology of Education (3)
  • ED THP 420 Education and Public Policy (3)
  • ED THP 427 Intelligence and Educational Policy (3)
  • ED THP 430 History of Education in the United States (3)
  • ED THP 435 Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy (3)
  • ED THP 440 Introduction to the Philosophy of Education (3 credits)
  • ED THP 441 Education, Schooling, and Values (3)
  • ED THP 447 Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States (3)
  • EDUC 468 Language Acquisition for English as a Second Language Teachers (3)
  • HD FS 301 Values and Ethics in Health and Human Development Professions (3)
  • HD FS 311 Human Development and Family Studies Interventions (3)
  • HD FS 315 (US) Family Development (3 credits)
  • HD FS 330 Observation or Experience with Children, Youth, and Families (1-6 credits)
  • HD FS 411 The Helping Relationship (3)
  • HD FS 412 Adult-Child Relationships (3)
  • HD FS 418 Family Relationships (3)
  • HD FS 424 Family Development in an Economic Context (3)
  • HD FS 428 Infant Development (3 credits)
  • HD FS 429 Advanced Child Development (3 credits)
  • HD FS 430 Experience in Preschool Groups (6 credits)
  • HD FS 432 Developmental Problems in Childhood and Adolescents (3 credits)
  • HD FS 440 Family Policy (3)
  • HD FS 453 Family Participation and Involvement in Child Services (3)
  • HD FS 477 Analysis of Family Problems (3)
  • HD FS 499A Early Childhood in Italy (3)
  • LDT 400 Introduction to Instructional Technology for Educators (3)
  • LL ED450 Content Area Reading (3)
  • LL ED462 The Art of the Picturebook (3)
  • LL ED464 Nonfiction Literature for Children and Adolescents (3)
  • SPLED 401 Motivating Exceptional Learners (4 credits)
  • SPLED 409A Fundamental Literacy Skills for Students with Special Needs (3)
  • SPLED 409B Writing and Content Literacy for Students with Special Needs (3)
  • SPLED 419 Assistive Technology for General Education Teachers (2-3 credits)
  • SPLED 454 Assessment for Instruction (4 credits)
  • SPLED 461 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders: Issues and Concerns (3 credits)
  • WL ED 400 Foundations of Language in Second Language Teaching (3)
  • WL ED 444 Language, Culture and the Classroom: Issues for Practitioners (3)
  • WL ED 483 Evaluating Schools Performance and Programs with English Language Learners (3)