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    Application Deadline
  • 48 months


The curriculum of the Early Childhood Education Pre-K-4 and Special Education Pre-K-8 program from Gannon University provides a solid foundation in development and learning theory, as well as instructional strategies in content areas including language and literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, physical activity and creative arts. 

When combined with the special education curriculum, teacher candidates in the early childhood program will be eligible for dual certification.  Throughout the United States, there is an increased need for special education and English as a Second Language teachers.

Gannon’s unique developmental field experiences provide a practical, hands-on application of knowledge with a diverse population of young children across all socioeconomic levels and cultural groups.

This 68-credit two-year program is designed to meet entry-level Pennsylvania requirements for assistant teachers in preschools and kindergartens, as well as childcare/learning centers and Head Start programs. A GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation with an Associate degree.

For those students who complete the Associate degree and decide to continue their education, all qualifying credits earned in the program within a seven year time frame will transfer to the four year baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood PreK-4 or Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8. Qualifying credits refer to those Education courses and the LENG 111 course with a grade of C or better.

Students who wish to earn teacher certification in Early Childhood PreK-4 or Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8 will need to meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements in effect at the time of application for certification.

You Will Experience

Education students begin their fieldwork during their freshman year and spend more than 400 hours working in educational settings. They participate in multiple field experiences, including one 60-hour field experience during spring of their freshman year. A full semester of student teaching is required. All field experiences are arranged by the School of Education.

Fieldwork is associated with specific courses allowing students to put theory learned in the classroom into action. Pre-service teachers experience diverse school settings in urban, suburban and rural areas within a 25-mile radius, some of which are within walking distance of campus. Field experience options include:

  • alternative and private education facilities
  • approved childcare centers
  • Barber National Institute
  • charter schools
  • Erie Roman Catholic diocesan schools
  • public school districts

You Will Achieve

Graduates are prepared for Pennsylvania Level I teaching certification in early childhood education preK-4 or early childhood education preK-4/special education preK-8. These Bachelor of Science degrees and associate degrees can lead to a variety of career opportunities such as:

  • preK-4 teacher
  • private preschool/daycare center owner or manager
  • special education teacher
  • sports coach
  • zoo or nature center educator

With additional training and experience, these degrees can lead to opportunities such as:

  • autistic support educator
  • corporate education trainer
  • English as a Second Language teacher
  • school counselor
  • principal or superintendent
  • reading or math coach
  • reading specialist
  • special education supervisor
  • supervisor of curriculum and instruction
  • university professor

You Will Earn

Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of educational organization. The figures listed do not include benefits which teachers receive as part of their contracts.

  • Starting salary: $33,000
  • Mid-career salary: $55,200

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications for undergraduate programs are processed on an ongoing basis throughout the year.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    134 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychology of Learning / Teaching
  • Foundations of Teaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Early Childhood Overview
  • Instructional Design and the Early Childhood Classroom

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Completion of 16 academic units at the high school level, four of which must be English; remainder of units are to be comprised of social sciences, foreign language, mathematics and science.
  • Academic course selection, grades, letters of recommendation, personal statement and SAT/ACT scores will be carefully reviewed for admission consideration.
  • Demonstrate motivation and curiosity through interests and extracurricular activities.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    32270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16135 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    32270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16135 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Erie

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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