Nearly one of five of Lycoming students are preparing to become teachers. "We offer the best of both worlds," says Dr. Amy Rogers, chair of the Education Department. "Our future teachers graduate with a true academic major and teaching certification." Other benefits include:
The Hope Preschool and Early Learning Program provides a win-win experience for Lycoming students and especially the Hope preschoolers. It is located in the heart of campus in Forrest Hall.
For a Lyco student it offers:
- Real-life classroom experiences
- Opportunities to observe textbook theories put into practice
- Meaningful interactions with children with special needs
- Opportunities to interact with teachers, aids, and parents
For a Hope preschooler it means:
- Receiving extra help and attention from a cool college student
- A welcoming hand for taking a walk, going on a field trip, or waiting for the school bus
- One more reason to be enthusiastic about going to school
Lycoming students graduate with a full academic major and a teaching certification. For example, if you’re interested in teaching science at the secondary level, choose a major in biology, chemistry or physics and take the requisite teaching certification courses. The good news is you’ll enter the teaching market with a deeper understanding of the subject area and the teaching tools needed to be an impressive first-year teacher. But, down the road if teaching isn’t your thing, you have the background to explore other career interests in industry, research, the environment and more.
The same is true for the preparation of our early childhood teachers (PreK-4). At Lycoming, you may choose to major in psychology and add the necessary teaching certification coursework. Not only will this academic major give you a better understanding of child development and student behavior, it will also provide the opportunity to explore other career paths, such as research, business, counseling, or pursue a graduate program.
Better yet, we offer dual certificates in Special Education PreK-8 or Special Education 7-12. With careful planning and the help of your education advisor, dual certificates can be completed in four years.
You’ll get more for your money at Lycoming while keeping an open career path. Beware of programs that encourage "just the education major."
Think of it as the most important 16 weeks of your pre-professional life. While you might be feeling a few butterflies, at this point you are confident in your ability and you are comfortable in your new environment. In the previous semester you logged at least 30 hours interacting with the teacher and the students in the classroom to which you've been assigned and now it's show time.
Week 1: The first week of the professional teaching semester is devoted to seminars led by our student-teaching supervisors. Topics may include classroom management, creating captivating lesson plans, working with parents, and combining traditional teaching with today's technology.
Week 2-15: Finally, you're full-time in the classroom. In the first few weeks, you'll be teaching one or two periods a day, but as your confidence and skills build, you’ll eventually take full control of the classroom.
Throughout your professional semester, you and your fellow student teachers will meet once a week to discuss classroom experiences. In addition you'll keep a daily journal, continue to enhance your daily lesson plans, and begin preparing your student-teaching portfolio.
Week 16: Back on campus, it's time to put the finishing touches on your portfolio and brush up on your interviewing skills. Your portfolio is an expanded resume that displays your classroom management theory, teaching philosophy, a collection of lesson plans and photos of your classroom in action. The week concludes with mock interviews and networking with personnel from local school districts. Bring your resume; all of these districts will likely have openings for the upcoming year!
While they're called observation hours, they’re actually interaction hours – it's your opportunity to interact with students in a classroom or at an after school activity. At Lycoming, we've made it convenient for you to complete your 190-hour requirement either on campus or within minutes of the College. We'll even give you ways to accumulate hours in your hometown! Here are some of the opportunities that we arrange for our students:
- Hope Preschool/Early Learning Program
- Study Buddies
- Sheridan Elementary School Program
- Lycoming County Special Olympics
- Child Guidance Program
- The Center After School Program
- Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action (CAPPA)
- Lycoming Buddies - works with intellectually disabled members of the community
- Salvation Army After School Learning Center
- Family Art Nights
- Teen Link - provides social opportunities for disabled teens