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Education Department

Theory and Practice is the bond that prepares our students in the Education Department. Our goal is to provide an environment for our prospective early childhood, middle childhood, special education and secondary teachers to foster pedagogical skills and showcase talents in practical educational environments. 

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    Developing Young Minds for the Future

    Contact us!

    Dr. Stephanie Ivory
    p. 814.472.2844
    sivory@francis.edu

    Meet Our Faculty

    We provide an environment in which prospective early childhood, middle childhood, and secondary teachers can develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values that will enable them to become reflective decision-makers.

    Program Highlights

    • Real teaching experience: Practical experience to connect theory to practice.
    • Small class size: Individualized focus, attention and support.
    • Faculty with expertise in Early Childhood Education, Literacy, Special Education, and Secondary Education
    • 98% of our recent graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school.
    • Interstate certification agreements allow graduates with PA certificates to qualify for licensure in 45 states.
  • Dedicated Faculty

    Dedicated Professionals/Passionate Teachers

    In the education program, you’ll work with professors who have extensive experience in schools as teachers and administrators--specialists in early childhood education, elementary education, special education, secondary education, reading and content areas. They are caring, dedicated professionals who love teaching and are committed to developing well qualified teacher candidates. The small student to teacher ratio of 14/1 ensures that education majors receive much individualized attention.

    Our Faculty

    Our Curriculum

    The teaching curriculum begins with a comprehensive liberal arts education, supported by a foundation of educational history and philosophy, teaching and testing methods, and child development and psychology.

    Certifications and Degrees

    Hands-on Experiences

    Pre-Service Teachers Collaborate with Local Elementary Students

    Kindergarten through third grade students benefit from lessons designed and developed by our early childhood education students.  Each semester, Dr. Stephanie Ivory collaborates with teachers in public schools to develop a partnership between the institutions for mutual benefit.  

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    Career Prospects

    Did you know that the Department of Labor Statistics expects a 17 % job growth in the education sector through 2020?  Our graduates find jobs in school districts across the United States. In fact 98% of our recent graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school.

    Reading Horizons Workshop & Teacher Preparation Report links

    Helpful links

    For Pre-Service Teachers

    Reading Horizons Workshop and Assessment

    Teacher Preparation Program Report
    (Title II) 

    Teacher Preparation Program Report