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Pennsylvania Teacher Colleges and Degrees Online Guide

Pennsylvania requires that all teachers complete a teacher preparation program in order to become eligible to teach in the state. Fortunately, there are several colleges and universities that offer degree programs. The information found below is designed to help future teachers find quality teaching schools in Pennsylvania. For useful information on the available schools and programs offered, take a look at the list below of accredited teacher preparation programs and student reviews. Whether you’re looking into changing careers or just embarking on your first, this guide to teaching degrees in Pennsylvania is great place to find a program that is right for your future career goals.

School Facts:

  • There are 124 colleges and universities with teacher degree programs in Pennsylvania.1
  • 79 colleges and universities offer a master’s or advanced degree in education.1
  • Highest graduation rate*: Gratz College, 100%.1
  • Highest transfer-out rate*: Chestnut Hill College, 41%.1
  • Highest net price per year*: Drexel University, $35,948.1
  • Lowest net price per year*: Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington, $11,298.1
  • Annual undergraduate tuition range for teaching degree programs in Pennsylvania*: $12,146 – $45,378.2
  • Three schools in the Kiplinger’s Best Values in Public Colleges in 2013: University of Pittsburgh (38), Pennsylvania State University-University Park (48), West Chester University of Pennsylvania (71).
  • Six schools ranked in US News National Universities Rankings in 2013 (top 100): University of Pennsylvania (8), Carnegie Mellon University (23), Lehigh University (38), Pennsylvania State University-University Park (46), University of Pittsburgh (58), Drexel University (83).
  • 23 teacher programs are accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP (see below).*

*For 4-year colleges and universities with teacher degree programs.

Profiles of Well-Known Schools

University of Pennsylvania: UPenn, located in Philadelphia, is known as one of the most prestigious universities in the world. It is a member of the Ivy League of Colleges and Universities along with other members such as Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia. The University is home to the Graduate School of Education that offers students 26 programs including counseling and mental health, educational policy, education, culture and society, linguistics, teacher education, reading, literacy and more. A graduate education from the College of Education is highly regarded and respected throughout the world. UPenn programs are known for their rigor, innovative curriculum and high level of research combined with practicality.

Penn State University: University Park is home to Penn State’s highly ranked College of Education. Penn State’s College of Education programs continually rank very well. All of the College’s graduate programs rank in the top 20 of their respective disciplines including seven programs in the top 10. The Workforce Education program ranked number one in its respective category. Penn State University’s high rankings are more of an outgrowth of their focus on preparing and molding excellent educators that are ready and willing to go out and make a difference no matter what their role is in education. The faculty members and staff within the department are highly dedicated educators that make a habit of going above and beyond the call of duty for eager, yet sometimes-apprehensive students who desire to become educators.

Top-Rated Teacher Preparation Programs

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) evaluated and ranked 1,100 college programs that prepare teachers for a career as an educator (Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report). According to the NCTQ rating system, seven teaching programs in Pennsylvania earned the “honor roll” of 3 stars or higher. For more information, read more about the NCTQ Teacher Prep Review 2013 Report.

The following teacher preparation programs in Pennsylvania received the highest ratings by the National Council on Teacher Quality:

    Arcadia University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Gwynedd-Mercy College (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Lebanon Valley College (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Mansfield University of Pennsylvania (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Misericordia University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars
    Saint Joseph’s University (Undergraduate Secondary) 3stars

The following reviewed schools were cited as problematic (no stars):

    California University of Pennsylvania (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    Clarion University of Pennsylvania (Undergraduate Elementary) 0stars
    Holy Family University (Undergraduate Elementary)0stars
    Marywood University (Graduate Secondary)0stars

Teacher Preparation Programs Accredited by the NCATE, TEAC, or CAEP

  • Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Duquesne University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • King’s College
  • Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
  • Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  • Mansfield University of Pennsylvania
  • Marywood University
  • Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State Harrisburg
  • Robert Morris University
  • Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
  • Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
  • Temple University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • The University of Scranton
  • University of Scranton
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University

Read more about the CAEP, NCATE, and TEAC accrediting bodies.

School Programs for Becoming a Teacher in Pennsylvania

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Schools with Teaching Degree Programs in Pennsylvania

Note: Student Reviews are based on the experiences of a few individuals and it is unlikely that you will have similar results. Please review the “Data, Student Reviews and Other Information” section in our Terms of Use and Disclaimers.

Albright College
1621 N. 13th St.
Reading, PA 19612-5234
(610) 921-2381
www.albright.edu

Alvernia College
400 Saint Bernardine St
Reading, PA 19607-1799
(610) 796-8200

Arcadia University
450 S Easton Rd
Glenside, PA 19038-3295
(215) 572-2900
www.arcadia.edu

Baptist Bible College and Seminary
538 Venard Rd
Clarks Summit, PA 18411
(570) 586-2400
www.bbc.edu

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania
400 E Second St
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
(570) 389-4000

Bucknell University
Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 577-2000
www.bucknell.edu

Bucks County Community College
275 Swamp Rd
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
(215) 968-8000
www.bucks.edu

Butler County Community College
107 College Drive
Butler, PA 16002
(724) 287-8711
www.bc3.edu

Student Review: “My overall experience with the Secondary Education program offered at Butler County Community College has been positive. The college has an excellent amount of resources available to pre-service teachers at multiple times during the week and a friendly staff. The professors are very dedicated to nurturing future teachers as well as preparing them for the PAPA exams. I have found the professors to have been extremely helpful and effective as a teacher and truly challenges students. I would highly recommend this school to any student who is looking to go into teaching in Pennsylvania but needs to save money at the same time.” -Rebecca S., student at Butler County Community College
stars-4

California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave
California, PA 15419-1394
(724) 938-4400

Carlow University
3333 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3165
(412) 578-6000
www.carlow.edu

Chatham University
Woodland Rd
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
(412) 365-1100
www.chatham.edu

Student Review:“Since Chatham is such a small school, the personalized attention you get is great as is the small class sizes. The professors really get to know you as a person. But the education program itself is a disaster. You are not prepared for the hands-on teaching experience; most of the content is theory-based. Classes are also not at all challenging. They can be enjoyable at times, particularly when teaching mock lessons to classmates, but beyond that, they’re just easy. My thinking was not stretched at all. In the end, the program sets you up for failure in the actual classroom. For a private university costing upwards of $40,000 a year, I am now a college graduate and unemployable. I would not recommend this program to anyone who is serious in their desire to teach.” -Runa Z., student at Chatham University

Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118-2693
(215) 248-7000
www.chc.edu

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
840 Wood St
Clarion, PA 16214
(814) 393-2000
www.clarion.edu

Community College of Allegheny County
800 Allegheny Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15233-1895
(412) 323-2323

Community College of Beaver County
One Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2588
(724) 775-8561

Community College of Philadelphia
1700 Spring Garden Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 751-8010
www.ccp.edu

Student Review: “First of all, I have to admit that my experience in this college was absolutely amazing. There are several people who have said some negative comments to me about the college, but once I joined I have felt the total opposite. Taking each education course in this college has forged a different personality in me. I feel that I am more mature, more knowledgeable, and more responsible in this world. Thanks of course to the tremendous efforts of the professors at this college and to the down-to-earth approach they use when talking to students and fulfilling their needs. The academic background of the professors is certainly of high standards, though the quality of material used in the courses is debatable. All in all, the educational environment in the college that I attended is absolutely a healthy one that promotes good and positive learning.” -Jonas M., student at Community College of Philadelphia
stars-4

DeSales University
2755 Station Avenue
Center Valley, PA 18034-9568
(610) 282-1100
www.desales.edu

Delaware County Community College
901 S Media Line Rd
Media, PA 19063-1094
(610) 359-5000
www.dccc.edu

Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
(215) 895-2000
www.drexel.edu

Student Review: “Early childhood education at Drexel University was very challenging, yet rewarding. I remember being initially shocked at how challenging an education major was compared to some other majors. For some reason I wasn’t expecting such a needed career to involve so many obstacles. The work load was intense and many of the classes were first thing in the morning. Along with five classes per week, as opposed to the normal four, we had student teaching from 8am to 4pm on Wednesdays. Despite all of the difficulties I have been mentioning, this was the silver lining. I was placed in a 3rd grade classroom. In this school district, which was a great one, the curriculum called for an inclusion program regarding special needs children. Through this experience I found I had a passion for working with Autistic children. It brings many challenges but my experience with Drexel’s early childhood education and special needs programs has prepared me whole heartedly.” -Angie A., student at Drexel University
stars-4
Student Review: “Drexel University has been one of the most pleasant experiences I have had in my lifetime. I have learned so much about myself and my work ethic. There are so many opportunities available, for example the co-op during undergraduate and many more student ran organizations which help facilitate the true Drexel experience. I have learned to manage my time well though the quarter system. Overall, Drexel has allowed me to gain a solid education and build a foundation for the lifetime.” -Mohil P., student at Drexel University
stars-5

Duquesne University
Administration Bldg 600 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
(412) 396-6000

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
200 Prospect Street
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301-2999
(570) 422-3211

Eastern University
1300 Eagle Rd
Saint Davids, PA 19087-3696
(610) 341-5800
www.eastern.edu

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
219 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA 16444-0001
(814) 732-2000
www.edinboro.edu

Elizabethtown College
One Alpha Dr
Elizabethtown, PA 17022-2298
(717) 361-1000
www.etown.edu

Empire Beauty School-Lehigh Valley
1634 MacArthur Rd
Whitehall, PA 18052
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Exton
454 W Lincoln Highway
Exton, PA 19341
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Harrisburg
3941 Jonestown Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Lancaster
1801 Columbia Ave
Lancaster, PA 17603
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Lebanon
1776 Quentin Rd Cedar Crest Sq
Lebanon, PA 17042
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Philadelphia Woodhaven Rd
1026 Woodhaven Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19154
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Pottsville
324 N Centre St
Pottsville, PA 17901
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Reading
2302 N 5th St
Reading, PA 19605
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Shamokin Dam
Orchard Hills Plz US Rte 11 & 15
Shamokin Dam, PA 17876
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-State College
208 W Hamilton St
State College, PA 16801
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Warminster
435 York Rd
Warminster, PA 18974
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Williamsport
1808 East Third Street
Williamsport, PA 17701
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-Wyoming Valley
3370 Birney Avenue
Moosic, PA 18507
(800) 223-3271

Empire Beauty School-York
2592 Eastern Blvd
York, PA 17402
(800) 223-3271

Gannon University
109 W Sixth St
Erie, PA 16541-0001
(814) 871-7000
www.gannon.edu

Geneva College
3200 College Ave
Beaver Falls, PA 15010-3599
(724) 846-5100

Gettysburg College
300 N Washington St
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1486
(717) 337-6000
www.gettysburg.edu

Great Lakes Institute of Technology
5100 Peach Street
Erie, PA 16509-2482
(814) 864-6666
www.glit.edu

Grove City College
100 Campus Dr
Grove City, PA 16127-2104
(724) 458-2000
www.gcc.edu

Gwynedd Mercy College
1325 Sumneytown Pike
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0901
(215) 646-7300
www.gmc.edu

Holy Family University
9801 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2009
(215) 637-7700
my.holyfamily.edu

Immaculata University
1145 King Rd
Immaculata, PA 19345-0702
(610) 647-4400
www.immaculata.edu

Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
1011 South Dr 201 Sutton Hall
Indiana, PA 15705-1098
(724) 357-2100
www.iup.edu

Juniata College
1700 Moore St
Huntingdon, PA 16652-2196
(814) 641-3000
www.juniata.edu

Keystone College
One College Green
La Plume, PA 18440-0200
(570) 945-8000
www.keystone.edu

Kings College-Wilkes Barre
133 N River St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18711-0801
(570) 208-5900
www.kings.edu

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
15200 Kutztown Rd
Kutztown, PA 19530-0730
(610) 683-4000

Student Review: “Kutztown University provided an adequate teacher preparation program. The professors seemed to have a great deal of classroom experience and generally seemed enthusiastic about teaching and preparing students to enter the education field. A great deal of time is spent on lesson plan development and best practices for delivering information to students, many of the strategies I learned I still use in my classroom today. The most beneficial aspect of the education program was the amount of time required to be in an actual classroom. Upon entering the program you are expected to do a minimum of 20 observation hours in a classroom. Before student teaching is a professional semester where half of the semester is spent working in classroom and then there is a semester of student teaching. The university does an excellent job of varying your placements, so you see a variety of grades, subjects and locations (ural/rural/suburban). One area that I feel could be improved is the emphasis on lesson plan writing. Much time was spent on students writing lesson plans according to the Kutztown lesson plan format. In reality, all districts require different lesson plan formats so spending so much time perfecting ours for Kutztown seemed to be a waste of time that could have been focused elsewhere. I also feel that Kutztown was lacking in technology courses. Technology is an essential part of teaching and very little time was spent on learning about different ways to integrate learning into lessons.” -Christine K., student at Kutztown University
stars-4
Student Review: “Overall Kutztown is a great school. I’ve had some really great professors and classes are usually meaningful and useful to me as a teacher. Most of the things I’ve learned have helped me considerably in the world of education. The education department there is solid and will do whatever they can for you. All you have to do is ask and do your part! Aside from the education department and many of my professors, my biggest issue (which is why I gave Kutztown a three star rating) is the administration. I had such trouble with the administration. If they mess up, prepare to jump through hoops to get it fixed. I was a post-bach teacher cert and Masters of Education student. They changed my program (given I was the only one doing the double program) and suddenly – boom! They told me my program didn’t exist and the classes for it weren’t being offered. After many phone calls and emails, the ed department just stepped in and fixed it instead of leaving me in limbo. Overall though, it’s a great place to learn, especially for education majors. I feel like I’m way ahead of other teachers because of it.” -Student at Kutztown University
stars-3
Student Review: “I attended Kutztown University to earn a post-baccalaureate teaching certification and Master’s Degree in Education. As far as general education and professors, it was an excellent school. The teachers were genuinely caring and even agreed to do independent study classes or distance classes to fit my program. I am still in contact with several of the professors today (about 2 years later). Administration-wise, Kutztown was a mess. At one point they told me that my degree didn’t exist anymore and that I had to start over, another time they refused to give me a class that due to a technicality they couldn’t offer even though they did. In the end, the professors ended up bailing out the administration’s messes and fixing it each time. The education chair is amazing and will do whatever it takes to help you get into a classroom. Most of the history department is great. You have one or two folks that aren’t very good, but 95% of them are great. Overall, if you want a small, rural campus where you can get to know your professors, this is the university for you.”-Student at Kutztown University
stars-4

La Roche College
9000 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237-5898
(412) 367-9300
www.laroche.edu

Lancaster School of Cosmetology
50 Ranck Ave
Lancaster, PA 17602
(717) 299-0200

Lebanon Valley College
101 N College Ave
Annville, PA 17003-1400
(717) 867-6100
www.lvc.edu

Lehigh Carbon Community College
4525 Education Park Dr
Schnecksville, PA 18078-2598
(610) 799-2121
www.lccc.edu

Lehigh University
27 Memorial Dr W
Bethlehem, PA 18015
(610) 758-3000
www.lehigh.edu

Levittown Beauty Academy
Vermillion Square – 8919 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19054
(215) 943-0298

Lincoln University of Pennsylvania
1570 Baltimore Pike
Lincoln University, PA 19352-0999
(484) 365-8000
www.lincoln.edu

Lock Haven University
401 North Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745-2390
(570) 484-2011
www.lhup.edu

Luzerne County Community College
1333 South Prospect Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634-3899
(570) 740-0200
www.luzerne.edu

Magnolia School
50 E Butler Pike
Ambler, PA 19002
(215) 643-5994
www.thevisionacademy.edu

Manor College
700 Fox Chase Rd
Jenkintown, PA 19046-3399
(215) 885-2360
www.manor.edu

Marywood University
2300 Adams Ave
Scranton, PA 18509-1598
(570) 348-6211
www.marywood.edu

Mercyhurst College
501 E 38th St
Erie, PA 16546
(814) 824-2000
www.mercyhurst.edu

Student Review: “So far, my experience at Mercyhurst University as an Education major has been very rewarding. I have a work study job at a nearby daycare which allows me to have more experience with children, making me more marketable upon graduation when combined with the future experiences I will gain as I complete student teaching and my practicum. I am a freshman and have taken one class so far and am taking two more next trimester (starting November 26th). In this one class I have already been able to establish a portfolio of lesson plans and activities that I can use in the future. My professors are willing to give any advice and share lots of stories about their own experiences in the classroom that help guide us to success when we have our own. We even have a curriculum library section that includes materials we can use in the classroom as well as a section of children’s books for us to use. I have already utilized this great benefit and because of it have gotten great ideas. We also have Kappa Delta Pi, a student honors organization for Education majors. Also, the opportunity to major both in special education and early childhood education as a dual major provides a chance to complete a degree in the same amount of time but with more qualifications upon entering the job market.” -Deanna M., student at Mercyhurst College
stars-3

Messiah College
One College Ave
Grantham, PA 17027
(717) 766-2511
www.messiah.edu

Millersville University of Pennsylvania
20 Dilworth Rd
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
(717) 872-3024
www.millersville.edu

Student Review: “I was positively surprised at how well Millersville University provided me with a well-rounded education and an opportunity to get involved with others. I personally benefitted from the large number of staff and resources available. My professors challenged me, but were caring enough to offer their support and time to students that needed it. The size of Millersville’s campus was just right, being compact, yet big enough to not get bored. There are numerous beautiful spots on campus, including the old library and the pond. There are multiple dining facilities on campus, offering a multitude of foods. The university also sponsors many events, including movie screenings that I took advantage of. My only complaint is that the computers were often slow and printers always seemed to be out of paper. However, there were several computer labs to choose from.” -Heather H., student at Millersville University of Pennsylvania
stars-4

Misericordia University
301 Lake St
Dallas, PA 18612-1098
(570) 674-6400
www.misericordia.edu

Montgomery County Community College-Central Campus
340 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422-0796
(215) 641-6300
www.mc3.edu

Moore College of Art and Design
20th and the Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1179
(215) 568-4515

Northampton County Area Community College
3835 Green Pond Rd
Bethlehem, PA 18020-7599
(610) 861-5300
www.northampton.edu

Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
201 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802-1589
(814) 865-4700
www.psu.edu

Student Review: “I had a great time during my years at Penn State. Although there were 40,000 students that attended the main campus, I never felt like it was too big. There were enough small classroom experiences that I was able to feel comfortable and get to know most of my professors. I was able to take a wide array of class subjects before deciding on my major. Most of the professors I had were great and you could tell they really cared about the subject matter. The surrounding area is beautiful and there is alot to do downtown. I would recommend this school to anyone and I had the best four years of my life at Penn State. I would love to go back for grad school some day soon.” -Matt F., student at Pennsylvania State University
stars-5
Student Review: “The Pennsylvania State University’s education program was an ideal experience for me. The program was designed in a way that the first two years were more of the introductory courses, or general education classes, and the final two years were more of a hands-on, field-based experience. Once you enter your final two years, you are placed in a teaching “block” where you are grouped with students on a similar track. This block provides a great way to meet students who you have a lot in common with, you can study with, and share experiences with. The courses in the teaching block were taught by a group of about 4-5 professors who you really got to know in the final years at Penn State. I also really enjoyed the observations and field experience at the nearby elementary, middle, and high schools. The only aspect of the program I would change is possibly adding more freshman seminar-type courses your first year, which might allow you to meet your future teaching block classmates a little earlier. By the time I met them in my junior and senior year, I had wished I would have known them the entire time!” -Student at Pennsylvania State University
stars-5

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
777 W Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057-4846
(717) 948-6452
www.psu.edu

Philadelphia Biblical University-Langhorne
200 Manor Ave
Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
(215) 752-5800
www.pbu.edu

Point Park University
201 Wood St
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-1984
(412) 391-4100
www.pointpark.edu

Reading Area Community College
10 S Second St
Reading, PA 19603-1706
(610) 372-4721
www.racc.edu

Robert Morris University
6001 University Boulevard
Moon Township, PA 15108-1189
(412) 762-0097
www.rmu.edu

Rosemont College
1400 Montgomery Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010-1699
(610) 527-0200
www.rosemont.edu

Saint Francis University
117 Evergreen Dr
Loretto, PA 15940
(814) 472-3000
www.francis.edu

Saint Josephs University
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131-1395
(610) 660-1000
www.sju.edu

Student Review: “I am currently in my 4th and final year at St. Joe’s getting my degree in elementary and special education. I have learned a lot, had a lot of hands on classroom experience, and enjoyed my professors. One of the most interesting things about St. Joe’s is that I completed my final year in their online program. The online program requires students to attend online classes with video conferencing for assignments and weekly discussion boards. One hundred percent of the program can be done online, which makes it a very flexible program for those who cannot attend a traditional college program. Obviously, it takes a lot of preparation and planning, and I needed to set up and complete quite a few observations and aiding hours. However, I was able to do this close to my home on the day of my choosing. The staff was mostly very available and helpful via email or Blackboard’s version of Skype. I did, however, miss teacher office hours, and the having verbal class discussions. Overall, I have really liked this program and have learned a lot!” -Beth D., student at Saint Josephs University
stars-4

Saint Vincent College
300 Fraser Purchase Rd
Latrobe, PA 15650-2690
(724) 539-9761
www.stvincent.edu

Seton Hill University
Seton Hill Dr
Greensburg, PA 15601
(724) 834-2200
www.setonhill.edu

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257-2299
(717) 477-7447
www.ship.edu

Student Review: “My experience in the teaching program at Shippensburg University was fantastic. I truly felt prepared when I began teaching. I feel that Shippensburg has a higher standard than most colleges in PA. Shippensburg’s grade requirements are higher than the rest of the schools in the state system. Shippensburg professors demanded excellence and are wonderful. Not only did they teach the education classes at the university, but also they also substituted in the classrooms of the surrounding districts. It was nice to see the professors remain an active part of elementary education. Shippensburg also has an elementary school on campus. This allows the education students access to a classroom during freshman year. All of the classrooms have one-way mirrors that allow for observation with no disruption. Shippensburg provided a great student teaching experience for me. My requirements were beyond other student teachers in the state university system. Unlike many of those teachers, I was prepared when I graduated from Shippensburg. So much so, that I actually had a job as a permanent substitute for the rest of the year. Shippensburg has a fantastic reputation and an excellent education program. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in teaching.” -Jennifer K., student at Shippensburg University
stars-5

Susquehanna University
514 University Ave
Selinsgrove, PA 17870-1025
(570) 374-0101
www.susqu.edu

Temple University
1801 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6096
(215) 204-7000
www.temple.edu

Student Review: “I am currently a senior at Temple. Their class selection is great. The professors are acceptable as long as you do your research on them. I learned a lot here, and they really offer a lot of resources for you to take advantage of. There are offices to help you with career choices and internships. Some of the buildings here are very old but other buildings (Tuttleman, Alter Hall) are cutting-edge, have comfy seats, smart-boards, and do not feel as crummy. The tuition for PA students is pretty low, and there is even a tuition freeze going on right now to help out the students. I know safety is a high priority concern, seeing as Temple is in one of the worst parts of Philadelphia. Needless to say, the campus is the cleanest area for miles, and there are lights on 24/7. It’s is very safe on campus. If you live off campus, just keep your wits about you and don’t go asking for trouble. There are lots of activities to keep students busy, and lots of clubs. In conclusion, Temple isn’t a bad school for it’s value. The worst part about it is that it’s in Philadelphia, but if you can adjust to that, you will learn a lot and have a good time as well.” -Robert M., student at Temple University
stars-4
Student Review: “Temple University is a wonderful school. As an early childhood and elementary education major, I have been challenged and learned a great deal. I feel this program is preparing me to work in programs servicing children in nursery school, kindergarten and elementary schools. I have gained an appreciation and understanding of children and am acquiring a sound philosophy of education. The program has excellent professors who are there to help the students learn and accomplish their goals. As an education major, we are required to do field experience at different schools. By working directly with children I was able to study the reactions of children of various ages to different situations and helped me to gain insight into the creation of learning situations and the planning of teaching procedures which meet the needs of children.” -Student at Temple University
stars-5

The University of the Arts
320 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102-4901
(215) 717-6000
www.uarts.edu

Thiel College
75 College Ave
Greenville, PA 16125-2181
(724) 589-2000
www.thiel.edu

University of Pennsylvania
1 College Hall 34th and Spruce Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6303
(215) 898-5000
www.upenn.edu

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-4141
www.oafa.pitt.edu

University of Scranton
800 Linden Street
Scranton, PA 18510-4629
(570) 941-7400

Valley Forge Christian College
1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 935-0450
www.vfcc.edu

Washington & Jefferson College
60 S Lincoln St
Washington, PA 15301
(724) 503-1001
www.washjeff.edu

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
University Avenue and High Street
West Chester, PA 19383
(610) 436-1000
www.wcupa.edu

Westminster College-New Wilmington
319 South Market Street
New Wilmington, PA 16172
(724) 946-8761
www.westminster.edu

Westmoreland County Community College
145 Pavilion Lane
Youngwood, PA 15697-1895
(724) 925-4000

Widener University-Main Campus
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013-5792
(610) 499-4000
www.widener.edu

Wilkes University
84 West South Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
(570) 408-5000

York College Pennsylvania
Country Club Rd
York, PA 17403-3651
(717) 846-7788
www.ycp.edu

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Niche College Search: https://www.niche.com/colleges/?degree=4-year&sort=best