Professional Studies in Education

Professional Studies in Education Degree: Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in Education

About Professional Studies in Education

Make a crucial impact on the intellectual growth of young children.

If you're interested in alternatives careers in education and are not seeking Pennsylvania teaching certification, a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies in Education is the right fit for you. At California University of Pennsylvania, you'll gain the comprehensive knowledge and skills you need to thrive in a career working with young children.

This non-certificate Bachelor of Education program combines classroom learning with real-world experiences, including a six-credit internship that will introduce you to career opportunities such as child daycare assistant, classroom aide, docent, program planner and more.

Students who do not pursue teaching certification at the undergraduate level may later choose to pursue certification in Cal U's pre-K to grade 4 master's degree program. Students also may earn a master's degree in school counseling or clinical mental health counseling in a five-year accelerated program.

Discover Cal U's top standards for teacher education.

  • This bachelor's degree program follows the high standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
  • Our coursework and experiences also adhere to the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC).
  • Cal U's teacher education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

Program Highlights: Professional Studies in Education

Hands-on Learning: At Cal U, learning is not limited to the classroom. Our students are given a wealth of opportunities to gain hands-on experience in a variety of internship settings, designed to prepare the student for an alternative educational career of choice. 

Top Faculty: Cal U's faculty members are among the best scholars and practitioners in the elementary education and early childhood education fields, cumulatively contributing to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals.

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California University of Pennsylvania has a rich history of preparing teachers and education specialists since 1852.
Top 5 
Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states for highest number of employed childcare workers. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

Our faculty is dedicated to creating self-assured undergraduates who are ready to make an impact aseducators. You will graduate with:

  • In-depth knowledge of childhood education, human development and learning.
  • Top strategies in classroom management, student assessment and instructional planning.
  • The ability to adapt your teaching to the individual needs of your students in any type of classroom setting or learning situation.
  • A resume demonstrating hands-on teaching
  • Active job placement support from Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center
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Graduate Outcomes

This non-certification degree program prepares you for work in a variety of educational settings, including: Day care centers, Head Start centers and nursery schools.

  • Adoption agencies.
  • Tutorial learning organizations.
  • Community recreation centers and camps.
  • Publishers.
  • School service supply companies.
  • Child abuse centers.

Curriculum and Related Programs

This four-year bachelor's degree program combines classroom learning and teaching field experiences. Students will follow the same course schedule for the early childhood education pre-k to grade 4 certification program until their junior year. After that, their paths diverge.


*** Broken a:454 catalog: OLD - Curriculum - Bachelor - Professional Studies in Education ***
Related Programs
  • Grades PreK-4 Education Certification
    A four-year Bachelor of Education degree for students seeking Pennsylvania teaching certification in early childhood education, grades pre-k to 4. 
A Cal U student teaches children in a classroom.

What can I do with a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies in Education?

Abby Tirpak '15 earned her bachelor's degree and quickly found a job as an assistant group supervisor at The Village, a fully accredited early childhood education center in California, Pa. Tirpak was soon promoted and is now the center's lead infant teacher.

An elementary student uses an educational toy.

Professional Development Schools

Cal U proudly collaborates with public schools in Pennsylvania. The Professional Studies in Education program requires a 6-credit internship, which can be designed to fit the needs and goals of the student who wishes to work in an alternative career in education.

A young student is being taught the alphabet.

Student Clubs

Develop your interests and passions in the field of early childhood education through a number of student-run clubs [link to club and activities page], such as:


Education Faculty

Dr. Peter Cormas
Associate Professor

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Dr. Holly L. Diehl
Professor and Coordinator of Professional Development Schools Program

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Dr. Diane Fine
Associate Professor and Coordinator, Reading Specialist Program and Integrative STEM Education Program

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Dr. J. William Hug
Associate Professor; Science, Environment and STEM Teacher Education

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Dr. Rebecca Maddas
Associate Professor

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Dr. Christine Peterson

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Dr. Michelle Torregano
Associate Professor and PreK-4 Graduate Coordinator

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Dr. Clover Simms Wright
Assistant Professor

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