Certification in elementary education is granted to Swarthmore students through Eastern University. Students complete the majority of their coursework at Swarthmore, including student teaching, but must also complete spring/ summer coursework at Eastern University in order to receive elementary certification. The department recommends that students pursue two certifications from the state of Pennsylvania: one that allows students to teach in grades pre-K through 4 and one for grades 4 through 8.
Students must fulfill all of the state general distribution requirements. In addition, students must take the following Educational Studies courses:
- EDUC 014: Introduction to Education
- EDUC/PSYC 021: Educational Psychology
- EDUC 042: Teaching Diverse Young Learners
- EDUC/PSYC 026: Special Education
- EDUC 053: Language Minority Education
- Recommended-EDUC 023: Adolescence
- Elementary Certification candidates complete one semester of student teaching, which consists of EDUC 092: Curriculum and Methods (2 credits) and EDUC 093: Practice Teaching (2 credits)
- Eastern University Courses: The Eastern University summer school program consists of two elementary methods courses in Language Arts and Reading. The course work (which combines online and in class work) begins in mid-May and ends in early June for a total cost of approximately $3410 (cost as of Spring 2013; students on financial aid can apply for support). Students may choose to receive 1 Swarthmore College credit for these courses.
Students must consult with Swarthmore's chair of the Educational Studies regarding their program of study to ensure that it includes a representative distribution of English, social studies, math, and science coursework for the 4-8 certificate.