If you dream of being a teacher who makes a real and lasting difference in the lives of today’s students, the bachelor’s degree in Education Studies degree at Gwynedd Mercy University is a perfect choice. Here, you will have access to the finest teachers and resources as you develop your teaching and classroom management skills. This program provides teacher preparation without teacher certification.
You also have the option of earning your teacher certification in the following areas provided you meet state requirements:
Secondary Education in Biology, Mathematics, Social Studies
The GMercyU Difference
At GMercyU, we have been helping students become the teachers they’re meant to be for more than 60 years. Our state-of-the-art classrooms and caring faculty will help you gain the experience you need to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of today’s students.
Why else is our program one of the best teacher education programs in Pennsylvania? Our program includes:
Hobbit House, a licensed Private Academic Lab School right on campus
Gain hands-on experience and develop core teaching competencies without ever leaving campus
Teacher Apprentice Program (TAP) that lets you participate in classroom observations beginning in your first semester
You'll gain first-hand insight into how the real world of education works before taking your turn at the head of the class
Spend a total of 8 semesters in actual classrooms, first observing other teachers and then leading the class as a student teacher
A personal advisor who will guide you through all four years
Dedicated Field Placement Director
Dr. John Batchelor will help ensure you have a successful student teaching experience.
Education and Certification Coordinator
Once on the teacher certification track, Dr. William Warner will ensure you meet all requirements to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania.
Meet the Dean of the School of Business and Education
Dr. Heather Pfleger, EdD
Heather Pfleger is Professor and Dean of the School of Business and Education at Gwynedd Mercy University, a position she has held since the fall of 2011. Prior to her career in higher education, Dr. Pfleger worked in the banking industry as an economist.
Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
In addition to general education requirements, you will complete the following courses for a bachelor’s degree in education studies:
Core Courses - 54 Credits
Education in America
Health and Motor Development
Foundations of Teaching & Learning PreK-4
Reading Sequence I
Math Methods for PreK-4
Arts and Humanities
Technology Integration in Education PreK-8
Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment
Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
Field Experience I
Mild/Moderate Disabilities in the Inclusionary Setting
Field Experience II
A minimum of 120 credits is required for a bachelor’s degree in education studies.
This program requires a criminal background check, child abuse clearance, and certain immunizations and other health-related clearances in order to participate in student teaching experiences.
If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other accredited institutions or education studies colleges, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University in order to achieve an educational studies degree. All you need to do is submit your transcript and course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.
In addition, Gwynedd Mercy University has articulation agreements with Bucks County and Delaware County Community Colleges, Harcum College, and Manor College to speed your path to become a teacher with teacher certification.
A bachelor's degree in education studies will put you on a path to achieving your dream of becoming a teacher.
Where our graduates work after graduation
• AIM Academy
• Allentown School District
• Annville-Cleona High School
• Bridge TEFL
• Bright Eyes Academy
• Bucks County Intermediate Unit
• Capital City High School
• Central Montgomery MH/MR Center
• Esperanza Academy Charter HS
• Gwynedd Mercy University
• NECC MH/MR Early Intervention
• Neshaminy School District
• Norristown School District
• North Penn School District
• Pencil Box
• Pennridge School District
• Philadelphia School District
• Radnor School District
• Our Lady Of Mercy
• The Goddard School
• The Malvern School
• Wissahickon School District
As a member of Best Buddies through the early childhood education program, you will be paired up with a buddy with an intellectual or developmental disability to form a friendship that will last a lifetime.