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Impact The Future... Teach!

Future educators get their start at Slippery Rock University

Elementary Education / Early Childhood

Slippery Rock University was founded in 1889 as Slippery Rock State Normal School. Its sole purpose was teacher education. The Elementary/Early Childhood program at Slippery Rock University has been an integral part of Slippery Rock University's long and enduring history of developing highly-qualified educators. As a student in this major, you will learn the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that define exemplary teaching.

Mission Statement

As a community of professional educators, we commit to developing the highest quality teachers who will become exemplary citizens and add value to the world they will inhabit; and who can teach each child in our global, contemporary society. Of central importance is our commitment to preparing caring teachers, who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to foster developmentally appropriate, child-centered learning environments; who honor and respect diverse families and communities; and who demonstrate effective teaching grounded in educational research.


CAEP LogoThe Elementary/Early Childhood Education department is proud to be nationally accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation or CAEP  (formerly known as NCATE). CAEP accreditation is a voluntary process designed to insure high-quality practices through a rigorous evaluation process consisting of self-evaluation, on-site accreditation evaluators, and ongoing assessment.

Additionally, the Elementary/Early Childhood Education department is fully accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education . Being an accredited institution recognizes SRU as an educational institution that meets or exceeds state standards. This accreditation involves a regular process of alignment with state teacher education program standards and compliance with all aspects of appropriate Pennsylvania state law and code.

As part of the accreditation process, the Elementary/Early Childhood Education department is proud to be recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).