Undergraduate Admissions

Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



College of Education

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (CEAED)

Childhood and Early Adolescent Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: Abington, Altoona, Berks, Behrend,  Lehigh Valley, University Park)

There are three options within this major: Early Education PK-4, English 4-8, and Social Studies 4-8. Students successfully completing this major will have met all the requirements and are eligible to apply for the PK-4, English Education 4-8, or Social Studies Education 4-8 Instructional 1 certificate issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Students must apply for admission to the major.
Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.
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Education (undecided) (ED)

This major is for students interested in the College of Education, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them. All first year students are admitted to the College of Education in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students in the College of Education to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Education and Public Policy (EPP)

Education and Public Policy (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare to work in political and economic global systems for the betterment of a diverse and democratic society. Students become discerning research consumers and policy analysts in order to work for educational reform and social justice. The major blends core courses in educational policy with foundation courses in sociology, political science, economics, business, race and class, and research methods. Graduates typically enter professional careers in educational organizations, government, community development, public service, nonprofits, consulting, philanthropy, and interest groups.
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Rehabilitation and Human Services (RHS)

Rehabilitation and Human Services (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major helps students prepare for entry-level positions in a variety of human service settings, especially those dealing with persons with physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. Graduates work in a variety of settings, including rehabilitation centers, sheltered workshops, drug and alcohol programs, senior citizens centers, community mental health and mental retardation programs, corrections systems, and hospitals. Increasing opportunities are available in private for-profit insurance programs for the industrially injured, and in rapidly emerging employee assistance programs within business and industry. Well-planned use of electives and internships allows for specialization. The program also helps students prepare for graduate study in many human service professional disciplines.
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Secondary Education (SECED)

Secondary Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The following teaching options are available for majors in Secondary Education: Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English/ Communication, Environmental Education, General Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Studies. The Secondary Education major helps students prepare for middle school and/or high school teaching positions and for other employment in fields related to their content specialties.
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Special Education (SPLED)

Special Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The emphasis throughout the Special Education program is upon a broad clinical teaching model. Course work and practicum experiences focus upon the diagnosis and management of a wide range and degree of educational and behavioral problems of students with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21. A core of Special Education courses aimed at general skill development in the areas of diagnosis, prescription, development of materials and teaching strategies, implementation, and evaluation is required of all students. Upon successful completion of the major, students become eligible for the Pennsylvania Level I Certificate in Teaching the Mentally and/or Physically Handicapped.
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Workforce Education and Development (WF ED)

Workforce Education and Development (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Continuing Education Locations: Lewistown and State College. (Industrial Education Option)

This major leads to the B.S. degree and may also lead to certification as a career and technical education teacher, and/or a coordinator of cooperative education, provided other requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education are met. The Industrial Training option does not lead to teacher certification. To be certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a career and technical education teacher, a person must have sufficient employment experience beyond the learning period to establish competency in the occupation to be taught.

Further interpretation of this requirement is available by contacting the program offices of :
Adult Education (www.ed.psu.edu/educ/adult-education),
Instructional Systems (www.ed.psu.edu/educ/in-sys),
Workforce Education and Development (www.ed.psu.edu/educ/workforce-ed).

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World Languages Education (WL ED)

World Languages (K–12) Education (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The World Languages Education major helps prepare students for kindergarten through high school teaching positions and for other employment in fields related to their content language areas. The following teaching options are available for majors in World Languages Education: Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, French, German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish. Pennsylvania does not issue a teacher certificate in Bilingual Education; many other states do. Students who complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) option may qualify for the Pennsylvania Program Specialist: ESL credential if they hold a Pennsylvania teacher certificate.
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Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.


Associate (2 Year) Degrees