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GU Education Facts
Gannon’s education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).
Our programs have received special designation as being both a promising model and an innovator of best practices.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has reciprocal agreements for teacher certification with more than 40 states. Recent Gannon graduates are currently employed in schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, West Virginia, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alaska, Washington, D.C., Florida, Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, Hawaii, Alaska and Washington.
Math, science and special education majors may qualify for $16,000 in TEACH grant funds.
One hundred percent of our 2010-11 graduates are employed in their major or pursuing advanced degrees.
GU Early Childhood Education Facts
Additional learning experiences are provided through professional development opportunities made possible by community partnerships with 12 public school districts, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie’s parochial schools, private schools, child care centers, charter schools and the Dr. Gertrude A. Barber National Institute.
Our student teaching program is a full 14 weeks, providing our teacher candidates with more experiential learning time than is required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Starting salary in Pennsylvania is $35,976 while the average salary is $58,124. Salaries across the nation vary by district; New York currently has the highest average teacher salary and South Dakota has the lowest. (Figures are according to the National Education Association and are for 2009-2010)
About the Program
Many professional development programs for education majors are planned by the members of our four professional organizations: Kappa Delta Pi (KDP) International Honor Society for Educators, Gannon University’s Society for Exceptional Children (GUSEC), Student Pennsylvania State Education Association (SPSEA) and Future Educators’ Association (FEA). In addition to events hosted for Gannon students, this past year KDP held a regional conference for teacher candidates in the Erie and surrounding areas.
Members of the University’s professional organizations have an opportunity to attend state and national conferences with their peers and advisors.
Members of Gannon’s Kappa Delta Pi organization were selected to present their work on creating dual-language books for English Language Learners at the annual international conference in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Education students have the opportunity to study, serve and learn in Madaba, Jordan, during May and early June. Our students teach English in Catholic schools and community centers under the direction of a Gannon faculty member. Experiences in other countries are being planned.
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