Certificate program gets PDE approval

For Immediate Release:  Aug. 25, 2014

BLOOMSBURG—The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has approved a new certification for Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s College of Education – the undergraduate hearing impaired and pre K-4 dual program certificate.

According to Elizabeth Mauch, dean of BU’s College of Education, BU is the only institution in Pennsylvania to offer the deaf education and pre K-4 certificate at the undergraduate level.

“Bloomsburg’s foundation is built on educating teachers, and we have a long history of offering a major in American Sign Language,” Mauch said. “Students pursuing this certification will be taught by faculty in two areas – American Sign Language and early childhood and adolescent education. Upon successful completion, they will be certified to teach young students who are deaf or hard of hearing.”

Previously, novice teachers were required to pursue separate certifications in deaf education and early childhood. The new certification leads to a bachelor’s degree in hearing impaired and pre K-4 dual program.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.