Early Childhood Education

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Our Leading Teacher Program in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) is designed to prepare you to be a leading teacher in preschool and elementary classrooms in Pennsylvania and in many other states.

Our Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education, PreK-4 program is a 131-credit program that consists of courses and experiences organized into three major areas of study: University Core/General Education, Foundations of Education and Professional Preparation. 

You can further your impact in the classroom and meet the needs of diverse learners through earning dual certification in early childhood education and special education with our Leading Teacher Dual Certification program - Dual Certification: Special Education with Content Area Certification.

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Field Experience & Student Teaching

As a student, you will have many hands-on opportunities to expand your horizons in various learning environments, field placements and unique student teaching opportunities. During your first two years of study, not only will you complete the majority of the General Education and Foundation courses, but you will also gain experience in the field starting in your freshman year. The faculty work with you to address professional standards in each of the early childhood curriculum areas through course projects and through implementation of the standards in fieldwork. Toward the end of your studies, you will have the opportunity to teach in an urban, suburban or rural school. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to experience a part of your student teaching abroad. Explore our culture immersion experiences.

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Our Leading Teacher Program in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) is designed to prepare you to be a leading teacher in preschool and elementary classrooms in Pennsylvania and in many other states.

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Instruction and Leadership in Education



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Earn Dual Certification in Early Childhood and Special Education

Dual Certification: Special Education with Content Area Certification

Become certified in both PreK-4 and special education in Pennsylvania. Meet the diverse educational needs of PreK-4 students in multiple school settings including students with disabilities, challenging behavior and social and emotional needs.

5-Year Early Start Graduate Education Programs

Our graduate programs offer early start options for School of Education undergraduate students, as well as all undergraduate students across the University. During your junior or senior year, you have the opportunity to take up to five courses in a master's-level program at the undergraduate tuition rate. 

School of Education undergrad students can start graduate studies in:

Undergrad students across the University can start graduate studies in:

The School of Education offers early start options for students who have demonstrated a strong academic background (GPA > 3.0) to begin graduate work during their undergraduate time at Duquesne University.

Other undergraduate students across the University who are in good academic standing (GPA >3.0) and are interested in pursuing or exploring an education degree and/or a teaching certification can begin to take courses as juniors or seniors in our graduate teacher education programs.

We welcome you to connect with us to learn more and we will walk you through the application process. To get started, call (412) 396-6093.

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Our program is guided by Pennsylvania's state standards and by standards of national professional organizations. It's recognized by the national Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Attend our School of Education Representative Meeting to learn about our teaching degree program and explore our Curriculum Center. You can also observe our collaborative learning environment first-hand by visiting our “Fundamentals of Classroom Assessment” course taught by Dr. Amy Olson.

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