Duquesne University

School of Education

Early Level (PreK-4) Education


600 Forbes Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15282

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S.Ed Early Level (PreK-4) Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The M.S.Ed Early Level (PreK-4) Education Program is designed for college graduates who are seeking Instructional I certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Upon completion and application for certification they will be qualified to teach in PreK-4 classrooms. The program of study leads to a Master of Science in Education and meets the requirements for initial certification to teach Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Professional Standards as described by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) will be addressed during the coursework and experiences in the program. The Leading Teacher Program (LTP) in PreK-4 is designed to prepare leading teachers for early learning environments, preschool through 4th grade. Throughout the program candidates will have the opportunity to develop classroom and professional development skills by participating in the holistic approach to teaching using effective practice teaching methodology as well as participating in field/community based experiences that will provide the candidate with guided field experiences. The LTP in PreK-4 is a 43 credit program that consists of courses and experiences organized into three major area of study: Foundational Courses, Diverse Populations and Instruction, and the Professional Core. The program includes focused attention in the areas of Social Justice, Diversity, and Technology. The School of Education Graduate programs are accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This accreditation extends to the preparation of PreK-4, Middle level and Secondary school teachers and school service personnel, with the Doctor of Education degree as the highest degree approved. A Master of Science in Education degree in the area of PreK-4 Education is designed for: - Professionals seeking background and preparation leading to initial teacher certification. - Certificated early childhood teachers - Professionals seeking a leadership position as a program director, early learning center administrator, curriculum designer, a consultant to parents, educators, corporations or government, or a public administrator.


NCATE - National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education PDE - Pennsylvania Department of Education Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children

International Student Requirements:

Please see the program website for additional details.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Duquesne University's Office of Financial Aid provides information regarding loan opportunities. Special military/veteran tuition rates are available for some programs.

Locale: Large City

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