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Early Childhood Elementary Education Pre K-4 Master of Education and Certification, Certificate , Master's


The Master's of Education in Early Childhood Education Pre K–4 and/or Initial Certification prepares early childhood and elementary teachers for classrooms in pre-kindergarten through grade 4.

Prospective teachers who complete the initial certification program will enter the elementary education field having met all requirements for initial certification by PDE.

Teacher candidates will gain advanced understanding of the theories and research that are the foundation for planning, implementing, and assessing high quality learning of students. 

Admissions Requirements

Admissions to the M.Ed. programs are evaluated on a rolling basis. 

Application Checklist Items

  • Standardized Exam Required: No
  • Official Transcripts Required: Yes
  • Personal Statement Required: No
  • Letters of Recommendation: None
  • Resume Required: Graduate Program in Higher Education only
  • Copy of teaching certificate: No

International Students

  • English Competency Exam Required: TOEFL
  • Transcript Evaluation Required: Yes
  • Certificate of Finances Required: Yes


(Note: Courses may be waived if taken previously.)

Educational Foundations | 9 credits for degree and certification

  • ED 500 Foundations of Education | 3 credits
  • ED 502 Advanced Psychology of Instruction | 3 credits

Accommodations and Adaptations | 12 credits for degree and certification

  • ED 515 Foundations of English Learner Education | 3 credits
  • SE 500 Foundations of Special Education | 3 credits
  • SE 522 Remedial Techniques in Reading and Writing | 3 credits
  • SE 526 Content Access for Students with Learning Differences | 3 credits

Major Courses | 37 credits for certification

  • EE 512 Emergent Language and Literacy Pre K-4 | 3 credits
  • EE 514 Literacy for Early Elementary | 3 credits
  • EE 515 Teaching Social Studies Standards Pre K-4 | 3 credits
  • EE 516 Teaching Arts, Health, and PE Standards ECEE | 3 credits
  • ED 528 Data Driven Assessment and Instruction | 3 credits
  • EE 535 ECE Instructional Design and Pedagogy | 3 credits
  • EE 536 Teaching Science & Technology Standards | 3 credits
  • EE 546 Teaching Mathematics Standards l 3 credits
  • EE 522 ECEE Clinical Field Practicum | 3 credits
  • EE 525 ECEE Clinical Field Practicum | 3 credits
  • EE 550 Pre-Service Teaching in ECEE: Professionalism & Classroom Environment | 6 credits
  • EE 551 Pre-Service Teaching in ECEE: Planning & Instruction | 6 credits
    EE 550 and EE 551 above courses are taken concurrently

M.Ed. Degree Courses

  • ED 600 Critical Issues and Research Seminar (Capstone Course) | 3 credits
Call 610.282.1100, ext. 1461, to schedule your personal advising session.

Academic Catalog

Course Requirements



Value-Added Features

Technology-Rich Curriculum: DeSales University Teacher Education has received a special designation from the Pennsylvania Department of Education for industry-leading technology integration in our teacher education programs.

Transferable Certification to Other States: Pennsylvania mandates rigorous, clear, teacher certification standards that make Pennsylvania certification easily transferable to other states. For additional detail on individual state certification requirements, refer to the state of choice.

Education Resource Lab

Students of DeSales education programs benefit from having access to the Department of Education's Resource Lab. The Lab is a convenient space where students gather to discuss topics, research, study, and work together on group projects. All the resources needed — computers, art supplies, research library texts, and more — are available to assist education students with their academic pursuits

Tuition & Fees

Program Costs
  • Tuition/credit hour: $590*
  • Instructional Technology Fee: $10/credit included in tuition
  • Student Teaching Fee: $260
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Returned Check Service: $30 

*Tuition/credit hours listed are for 2024/2025 academic year. Tuition and fees are reviewed each academic year and are subject to change with notice.

View a comprehensive list of financial aid forms and graduate program information sheets

Tuition Deferment

DeSales University offers graduate students the opportunity to defer payment of their tuition when they will be receiving reimbursement from their employer or when they are eligible to receive financial aid. A copy of your employer's tuition reimbursement policy must be forwarded to the Treasurer's Office and/or all necessary financial aid paperwork must be filed with the Financial Aid Office before tuition deferment is granted. 

Tuition deferment is a privilege given to graduate students at DeSales and can be revoked if this privilege is abused. Please note that you, as the student, are responsible for payment of your tuition balance in the event that your financial aid/loans or employer reimbursement is not received by the Treasurer's Office.

Tuition Reimbursement

When a student is eligible for tuition reimbursement from his/her employer, written evidence of eligibility is required. The student is responsible for requesting this reimbursement from his/her employer. In cases where reimbursement is contingent upon successful completion of the course(s) and the student either withdraws or does not achieve a grade sufficient to warrant maximum reimbursement, the student is ultimately responsible for payment for the course(s).

Refund on Withdrawal

A refund of tuition payments will be made to a student who withdraws from a course. In all cases, credits will be calculated from the date the student completed the official withdrawal form, and the rebate will be based on the schedule shown listed below. 

Refunds apply to tuition only. If a student is allowed to enroll by use of the deferred payment procedure, any funds due the University are immediately due and payable upon withdrawal.

Withdrawal during the add/drop period is 100% of tuition refunded. The schedule below is for withdrawal after the first class after the close of the add/drop period. 

Three-Credit Courses

  • Withdrawal after 1st class: 80% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 2nd class: 65% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 3rd class: 50% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 4th class: 25% of tuition refunded
  • Withdrawal after 5th class: No refund

Weekend and Accelerated Courses

  • No refund is made after the course has begun.

One-Credit Courses

  • No refund is made after the course has begun.
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