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Undergraduate Education

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. 

  • Why SFU?

    With 22 education degrees and concentrations offered, 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.

    • Real teaching experience: Practical experience to connect theory to practice.
    • Small class size: Individualized focus, attention and support.
    • Experienced University Faculty collaborate with school personnel and pre-service teachers to accomplish goals of the teacher preparation program.
    • 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.
    • Our Curriculum
    • Dedicated Faculty
    • Student Opportunities
    • Career Prospects
    Our Curriculum

    22 subject-specific education degrees and concentrations make it possible for students to customize their education to their professional needs. 

    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.

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    Dedicated Faculty

    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

    Student Opportunities

    In the Education program at Saint Francis University you will have plenty of opportunities in the classroom and beyond. Below are just a few of the opportunities waiting for you as a future education student.

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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.

    Congratulations on your achievements recent SFU graduates of the teacher preparation program.  Beginning your career in the classroom is quite rewarding, yet it can be challenging.  SFU faculty are committed to life-long learning and continued support.  We welcome your questions.  Please direct your questions to Dr. Stephanie Ivory (sivory@francis.edu), Mrs. Melissa Peppetti (mpeppetti@francis.edu), Mrs. MaryAnn Shaw (mshaw@francis.edu), or Mrs. Cassie Grassmyer (cgrassmyer@francis.edu).

  • Mission

    We seek to develop future teachers who are not only well-educated in their disciplines, but are also culturally responsive, compassionate, and knowledgeable in their interactions with students and their families. The Education Department offers courses and programs designed to equip students with the necessary skills to become well-informed, critically reflective, engaged educators. 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 level, special education and secondary teachers to foster pedagogical skills and showcase talents in practical, authentic educational environments.  Knowledge, competence, and service merge to nurture a lifelong commitment for excellence and equity in our schools and society.