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The Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings (ELEDM) program is available exclusively at Penn State Brandywine. The program prepares teachers for kindergarten through grade six classrooms in both urban and suburban schools.

The mission of the Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings program is to provide an understanding of and preparation for the growing diversity within elementary school classrooms across both urban and suburban school districts.

Three components provide students an understanding of and preparation for classroom diversity: a strong background in conceptual and research based study, course work enhanced through project based activities, a rich field experience that incorporates multiple settings.

The Elementary Education in Multicultural Settings program is unique in its intensive field based focus. Students in the program observe classes and participate in the day to day life of both urban and suburban schools. Graduates of the ELEDM program claim experience across grade levels and school settings. This wide ranging experience provides students a compelling and effective preparation for teaching both in urban and suburban classrooms.


Field Clearances (requires pdf reader)
ELEDM Goals (requires pdf reader)
Graduates of this program meet the requirements for the Kindergarten
to Grade 6 (Elementary Education) Instructional I certificate issued
by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Graduates are qualified
to teach in urban and non-urban schools. Career opportunities include
the following:

  • Public school teacher (kindergarten to grade 6)

  • Private school teacher(kindergarten to grade 6)


For more program information, you may send e-mail directly to Dr. Patricia VanLeuvan at pav2@psu.edu, or call her at 610-892-1462.