Elementary/Early Childhood Education (PK–4) + MS in Education Dual-Level Program

Prepare to structure developmentally appropriate learning experiences in an inclusive, supportive environment that fosters the integrated development of the whole person—mind, heart and soul.

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Why Elementary/Early Childhood Education + MS in Education?

The PK–4 program curriculum is designed to develop critical and creative thinking, reflection on practice, and the disposition to engage children actively in their own learning. The curriculum includes three integrated components: a body of general studies to develop a depth in background knowledge; education courses to align learning theory, curricular design and subject-specific methodology practices; and performance-based school placements for applied, contextual practice. Certification includes PA State PK–4 Instructional I as well as Association of Christian Schools International K–8; certification in Special Education PK–12 and/or TESOL PK–12 may be added on to the PK–4 program. By completing this program in conjunction with the MS in Education, you will receive more in-depth training and be better prepared to be an effective educator in your classroom.

How it Works:

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees in as few as five years without taking summer courses. 

You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

Why Elementary/Early Childhood + MS in Education at Cairn?

  • Choose either a BS in Education (154 credits) or a BS in Bible (157 credits) for your bachelor’s degree.
  • 5th and 6th grade certification may be added.
  • Join the Honors Program and dive deeper into a personal academic interest.
  • Complete classroom observations from the first semester.
  • Explore education theory and methods courses in the freshman and sophomore years rather than later in the program.
  • Learn from professors with extensive backgrounds in classroom teaching and student teacher supervision.
  • Prepare an Instructional Design Project on specific pedagogical principles.
  • Complete a Student Teaching assignments in multiple school settings related to your career goals (public or private, suburban or urban).

Career Paths

  • Preschool teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Teacher’s assistant
  • Special education teacher
  • Learning support teacher
  • ESL specialist