Our education program is designed with 21st century teaching and learning in mind and built on a tradition of excellence that dates to 1924 when Chestnut Hill College was founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph. CHC's programs are accredited through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and are governed by the General Standards of Chapter 354 of the Pennsylvania Code. All Teacher Education majors must be aware of specific PDE course requirements throughout their program of study. Students must pass required state assessments for teacher certification.
Candidates may choose from the following programs:
CHC’s program is designed to create an Early Childhood curriculum in line with the Pre-K-4 and Special Education guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This dual program integrates theory and practice about the physical, cognitive, social and educational development and learning of young children grades Pre-K-4, as well as young students in grades Pre-K-8 with disabilities.
At Chestnut Hill College, students may major in Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics or Social Studies and co-major in Secondary Education. This offers students expanded employment opportunities within their field of study.
Students who complete this program are well prepared in their content area and may apply for certification from the PDE upon successful completion of student teaching and the required state content knowledge exam. Students are supported and guided by faculty advisors throughout their course of study.