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B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education, PreK-4

Become the Teacher You Were Meant to Be 

The 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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A horizon-expanding education

Gain diverse classroom and field experience

The 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. 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.

Towards 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. As a partner university, Duquesne University students have the opportunity to be placed by IU Global Gateway in an overseas student teaching experience in one of 18 countries. Participating countries include, but are not limited to, Australia, Costa Rica, England, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Tanzania. Along with gaining experience in the classroom, starting in your Junior year, qualified students may begin graduate course work through our 5 year early start programs.

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Learn from experienced faculty, in a highly accredited program

The Early Childhood Education program is guided by Pennsylvania's state standards and by standards of national professional organizations. In addition to the School of Education's national recognition by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), as a point of distinction, this Leading Teacher Program earned national accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

A great education, a great value

DU is rated the #6 best value in PA and #65 nationally based on academic quality and net cost (U.S. News & World Report). Financial assistance in the form of aid, scholarships and tuition awards are available. Duquesne recognizes the important roles that teachers play in our society. Students will be eligible for additional funds if they have SAT scores (Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) of 1250 or greater. The Leading Teacher Program is committed to ensuring that the best-prepared teachers are available for the classrooms of the future.

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