School of Education
Dr. Erinn Lake
Edinboro University’s School of Education is comprised of four departments: the Department of Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education, the Department of Early Childhood and Reading, the Department of Health and Physical Education, and the Department of Middle & Secondary Education and Educational Leadership.
The School of Education has one of the top teacher preparation programs in the Commonwealth. Edinboro University’s School of Education is accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP), the only nationally recognized accrediting body for educator preparation programs in the U.S. Edinboro was the first institution in Pennsylvania to achieve CAEP accreditation for both initial and advanced preparation programs.
CAEP was created by the consolidation of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Teacher Education Accreditation Council. Edinboro University’s School of Education has been accredited by NCATE since 2014.
The 7-year CAEP accreditation, which includes Edinboro University’s initial and advanced educator preparation programs, is the latest recognition to highlight the strength of EU’s School of Education. Edinboro’s teacher education programs are also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Program (CACREP) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
The School of Education is fully engaged in the community, providing students with multiple opportunities for practical, hands-on experiences in area schools, pre-schools, recreational facilities and with local and regional sports teams. Our graduates, from classroom teachers, principals and superintendents, to licensed counselors and athletic trainers, have gone on to rewarding careers within Pennsylvania and in many other states.
The process of becoming a certified educator in Pennsylvania is demanding, challenging, and rewarding. Students must get clearances through the Pennsylvania Department of Education, obtain candidacy through Edinboro University, pass required state exams and meet the program’s expectations and criteria, including Student Teaching. See our other pages linked from the menu on the left and also below for more information on the process of becoming a certified Pennsylvania educator.