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Early Childhood Education

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Early Childhood Education

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Undergraduate Teacher Education (PK-12)

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Penn State offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and many options for teacher certification.

There is a growing demand for graduates of teacher education programs. This department offers professional programs leading to certification in early childhood (PK-4), middle-level education (grades 4-8), and in a variety of discipline areas leading to certification at the secondary-school level. Admission to a specific teacher certification program occurs only after a student applies to a particular program during or at the conclusion of the freshman year. This department also provides a variety of clinical field experiences, including student teaching.

Secondary English Post-Baccalaureate Certification

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Secondary English Post-Baccalaureate Certification

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Additional Credentials

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction

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Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Middle Level Education (4-8)

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Middle Level Education (4-8)

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PA Certification 
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Curriculum and Instruction

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Secondary Education (7-12)

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Secondary Education (7-12)

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PA Certification 
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Curriculum and Instruction

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Graduate Studies Program in Curriculum and Instruction

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Graduate Studies Program in Curriculum and Instruction

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Curriculum and Supervision

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Secondary (7-12) Social Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certification

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Secondary (7-12) Social Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certification

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Social Studies Education, Graduate Level

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Social Studies Education, Graduate Level

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Literacies and English Language

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Literacies and English Language

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Science Education

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Science Education

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Curriculum and Instruction

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World Languages Post-Baccalaureate Certification

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World Languages Post-Baccalaureate Certification

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Second Language Education

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Second Language Education

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Curriculum and Instruction

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Higher Education Program

Penn State’s Higher Education program is perennially ranked among the best higher education programs in the country. Its combination of compelling academics, premier university context, verdant geographical location, culture of camaraderie and mutuality, and gifted faculty and student colleagues provides a terrific backdrop for graduate study. 

Educational Leadership Program

Welcome to the Educational Leadership program of The Pennsylvania State University. This program is available to those who want to exercise leadership roles in educational policy and management or engage in research about educational leadership.

Educational Theory and Policy Program

Welcome to the Educational Theory and Policy Program in the Department of Education Policy Studies at The Pennsylvania State University!  Our program consists of faculty with diverse interests and vibrant research portfolios encompassing educational policy, history of education, sociology of education and comparative and international education.

Comparative and International Education

From the earliest proposals for public schooling in the U.S., researchers and practitioners have relied on comparative and international perspectives to illuminate the field of education. Today more than ever, in an era of information technology and an interconnected global economy of skills and ideas, scholars need to understand how the processes of schooling and learning vary across societies and what implications these variations have for education in the world today.

Education and Public Policy

Welcome to Education and Public Policy (EPP). We offer an interdisciplinary major for students interested in the design, implementation and improvement of policy aimed at the betterment of a diverse and democratic society. 

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Education and Public Policy

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Education Policy Studies

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Rehabilitation and Human Services

The RHS major prepares students to work in diverse human service settings that serve people with disabilities. Students in this major work with a variety of clients (children, adolescents, adults, older adults) who often experience problems in physical, personal, social, educational, and vocational aspects of their lives. RHS professionals assist these individuals to improve each person's quality of life. 

Professional skills that RHS students acquire include how to: identify and support client goals, advocate for others, assess client needs, conduct educational and related support groups, consult with other professionals from other agencies and settings, develop client and family treatment plans, identify and use appropriate community resources to address client problems, interview clients, family members, and other support personnel, manage client caseloads, and resolve conflicts.

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Rehabilitation and Human Services

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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On-Campus

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Educational Psychology Doctoral Degree

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Educational Psychology Doctoral Degree

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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Educational Psychology

The goal of the Educational Psychology (EDPSY) program is to engage in research, scholarship, and teaching related to the application of psychology to learning, instruction, and measurement across the life span. As educational psychologists, the faculty engage in scholarly activities such as attending/presenting at conferences and publishing their work in scholarly journals/books. The faculty offer introductory and advanced courses in thematic areas of educational psychology both for those training to become educational psychologists and those in the teacher preparation programs of the College of Education and the University.

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Educational Psychology

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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Special Education

The Special Education program is housed in the Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education in the College of Education at Penn State. Our goal, shared with our colleagues in the Department, is an educational system in which families, communities, and educators share responsibility and commitment for preparing future citizens to live independent, responsible, productive, and personally satisfying lives to the fullest extent of their capabilities in our evolving society.

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Special Education

Endorsement Eligibility

PA Certification 
(Instructional and Supervisory)

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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Online or On-Campus

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Counselor Education

The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to provide counselors-in-training and counselor educators with the skills necessary for providing ethical and culturally competent services to nurture personal development, psychological maturity, and positive social enhancement. The program also places strong emphasis on developing students into social advocates through exposure to diverse learning and outreach opportunities. 

Program

Counselor Education

Endorsement Eligibility

PA Certification

Department

Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

Instruction Method

On-Campus

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Counselor Education Master's Degree

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Counselor Education Master's Degree

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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Counselor Education Doctoral Degree

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Counselor Education Doctoral Degree

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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Educational Psychology Master's Degree Program

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Educational Psychology Master's Degree Program

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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Rehabilitation and Human Services Minor

The minor in Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS) supplements the educational needs of students across disciplines who wish to gain advanced knowledge and skills related to health, disability, and interpersonal interactions. In today’s society, due to medical advances and an aging population, more people are living longer with chronic illnesses and disabilities, and many jobs require advanced interpersonal skills and knowledge of health, disability, and human service skills.

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Rehabilitation and Human Services Minor

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Educational Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education

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