The education program at Bucknell combines a liberal arts education with professional preparation. Education at Bucknell is approached as a social science, providing students with a solid background in principles and theories of education, rather than as a series of methods that will soon become outdated.
Earn a Bachelor's Degree
Bucknell offers two undergraduate degrees in education:
- A Bachelor of Science degree in education with a major in early childhood education (pre-K through grade 4).
- The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in education, designed for students who are interested in the study of education as a discipline, but who are not interested in earning teaching certification. These students are likely to pursue graduate school or employment in educational settings, business or industry following graduation.
Prepare for Teaching Certification
The department of education provides teacher preparation programs which lead to teaching certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in early childhood education and selected content areas in secondary and K-12 education, including art, biology, chemistry, English, earth science, French, general science, German, Latin, mathematics, music, physics, social studies and Spanish. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist certification is also available to students pursuing certification in early childhood, English, math and modern languages.
Minor in Education
The minor in education consists of five courses chosen from among the departmental offerings. The student is encouraged to choose courses within a particular area of specialization. Such areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, autism studies, literacy, early childhood education, research and evaluation in education, educational policy studies, college student personnel, and diversity studies. Recommended clusters of courses for particular areas of specialization are available on the departmental web page.