Head of Education Major
Nina G. Phillips
The early childhood education program includes a semester at Holy Family University during which students do 12 weeks of student teaching. (For 2013-14 the tuition and fees for one semester at Holy Family University will be $13,500 which can be paid through the Bryn Athyn College bursar’s office to take advantage of financial aid.)
Admission to the early childhood education program requires a GPA of 2.8 and passing the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) which is a test of basic skills in math, reading, and writing. Passing the PAPA is also a requirement for state certification. Students who do not pass the PAPA may be accepted provisionally into the early childhood education program. Students must attempt the PAPA by the end of winter term in their sophomore year. If a student fails the PAPA, which is the first set of Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests, test(s) can be retaken.
Applicants who are not currently enrolled at Bryn Athyn College should apply for admission to the director of admissions before making formal application to the major.
Students considering a major in early childhood education must plan their program of study carefully from the beginning of their college careers in order to meet all the requirements for state certification within four years. Close consultation with an education program advisor is essential.
Of the total credits required for the degree in early childhood education, 67.5 are to be earned in education and the remainderin required and elective courses in the liberal arts as indicated below.
A minimum of 33.5 credits is required from among humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. In addition, students must complete religion residency credits. Specific requirements include:
* These courses are taken at Holy Family University. Students should see Holy Family University’s catalog for a description of these courses and the requirements for admission. The equivalent of EDUN 402 and EDUN 404 will be offered by Bryn Athyn College education division if a student chooses not to become PA state certified.