If you are passionate about working with children in schools or other settings, the Department of Elementary Education and Childhood Studies is the place for you. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to helping students become compassionate and knowledgeable professionals who have the commitment, skills, and talent to teach and inspire; to reach out to children, families and communities; or to advocate for the rights and needs of children. If you hope to find a rewarding career working with children, your coursework at PSU will help you develop the knowledge you need, your internships and field work will provide you real-world experiences for a jump-start on your career, and the personal and professional connections you develop here will form the core of a solid support network as you begin your professional life.
What our students are saying:
“The Childhood Studies program has given me multiple opportunities to see what my true passions are. The staff and faculty members of the Elementary Education and Childhood Studies Department are all extremely welcoming and are always available to help me with any need I may have. I truly love the positive comradery between faculty and students. I recommend this major to anyone who has a passion for working with children.”
-Nicole Newman, Childhood Studies, Class of 2013
“The best thing about Elementary Education at PSU is the field experience. Starting freshman year we were in the schools doing observations and watching veteran teachers. By the time we were juniors, we were in the classroom working with students and teaching lessons. Now we are almost ready to be student teachers! So much of the education here is hands on; there is no better way to prepare us for a teaching career. The professors at PSU are also an important part of our experience, doing whatever it takes to help us become better teachers.”
-Kevin Brandolini, Elementary Education, Class of 2013