Elementary Education

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Field experience begins in first year
  • First-rate facilities
  • Supportive and actively engaged faculty

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Elementary Education at Marywood

At Marywood, you'll begin field experience in local schools during your first year of study, have the opportunity to learn in first-rate facilities, find supportive faculty who are dedicated to your development as a teacher -- and benefit from a program whose graduates are actively recruited.

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  • Learn more about this program or visit the Education website.
  • College: Reap College of Education and Human Development
  • Courses: Available courses in this department
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
  • This program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

    Programs for the preparation of elementary, secondary, K-12 and special education teachers and for the preparation of other school personnel including school psychologists, guidance counselors, principals, superintendents, librarians, reading specialists, speech and language pathologists, home school visitors, and supervisory personnel are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Patricia S. Arter, Ed.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Students On-Campus Achieving Results (SOAR) program

Tammy B.H. Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Graduate Reading Department and ESL Program
Part-time lecturer

Frances E. Russell, I.H.M., Ph.D, C.M.F.C
Associate Professor of Education

Christine L. Fryer, Ed.D.
Chairperson of the Education Department, Clinical Assistant Professor
This is just a sample of our Education faculty - see them all!

The education program benefits from Marywood’s commitment to provide all students with state-of-the-art technology. The department maintains a curriculum laboratory of texts, manipulative materials, and software designed for K-12 programs. In addition, students are able to access an Assistive Technology Lab with the latest adaptive technology for preparation to implement Universal Design for Learning. If your goal is to work with infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children, you will have access to Marywood’s own childcare and preschool programs.

In today's schools, effective teachers need a complex set of skills. Your professors in Marywood's Department of Education will help you develop your abilities to teach effectively by using a variety of instructional techniques to foster creativity, to actively engage your students in problem-solving and other learning activities, and to create an intellectually exciting learning environment. The knowledge you gain in Marywood's program and put to use when you become a teacher will have a direct impact on the future. You will learn how to encourage your students to be lifelong learners, cooperate and collaborate with each other, develop responsibility, demonstrate respect for individual and cultural differences, apply the principles of wellness to their daily lives, and understand their civic responsibility for an interdependent and just world. You'll graduate prepared to live responsibly in an interdependent world and prepared to help your students do so as well!


I opened a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager.

After graduating from Marywood in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science/Physical Activity, I immediately entered the professional fitness world as a personal trainer and fitness instructor at Planet Fitness in the Philadelphia area.  Shortly thereafter, I was offered a chance to open a brand new Planet Fitness location as General Manager. 

Opening a new location from the ground up was a difficult and time consuming task.  However, my four years at Marywood gave me the tools and confidence I needed to tackle this challenge.  The education I received in the classroom provided me with the knowledge needed to train clients and effectively manage a fitness club.  Being a four-year member of Marywood’s Lacrosse team has also taught me great leadership and interpersonal skills which are applied daily, and will continue to help me as my career grows.

Wherever my career takes me, whether it is in fitness club ownership, or personal training, I know that everything I learned at Marywood will be with me every step of the way.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Elementary Education Grades 4-8

The curriculum requirements discussed in this section are subject to change, based on the guidelines and program approval process established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The prospective teacher requires a broad and strong liberal arts foundation.  Advisement is done primarily by education faculty, with support of faculty in the minor area.

The general professional education requirements for Grades 4-8 majors are:

EDUC 005C Practicum III Middle Level 1
EDUC 100/101 Introduction to Education .5/.5
PSYC 252 Adolescent Psychology (prerequisite to EDUC 311) 3
EDUC 110 Middle School Philosophy and Foundations 3
EDUC 311* Educational Psychology
EDUC 310F* Elementary Curriculum & Instruction: Math & Science 3
EDUC 310M* Elementary Curriculum & Instruction: Language Arts & Social Studies 3
EDUC 461* Methods, Materials, & Assessment of ESL 3
SPED 100 Characteristics of Students with Disabilities 3
SPED 300** Curriculum Adaptations
SPED 367* Behavior Management 3
EDUC 442* Student Teaching 9

*Course requires successful completion of sophomore screening
**Course taken with student teaching

Specific courses supportive of elementary education Grades 4-8 must be taken within two concentration areas. Candidates may choose concentrations in:

Math and Science
Math and English
Math and Social Studies
English and Science
Science and Social Studies

Program requirements for the concentration areas are listed in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Handbook. Students who complete this program are considered generalists to teach grades 4-6 and specialists to teach their two concentration areas in grades 7-8. They emerge with 3 certification areas upon completion of state testing requirements and application for licensure.

In order to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Grades 4-8, students must complete all required liberal arts and major courses, with a minimum QPA of 3.00 overall and in the two areas of concentration. Additionally, they must undertake student teaching experiences. Student teaching is evaluated as satisfactory/unsatisfactory. If a satisfactory grade is not earned in both experiences, the student must complete the equivalent number of approved major credits as a substitution, in order to graduate. Under such circumstances, recommendation for certification will be withheld.