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Student Teacher at Juniata


Choose from 14 certification areas in PreK-4 (early childhood/elementary), dual PreK-4 and PreK-8 special education or 12 areas of secondary education. Combine certification areas or create your own POE in education. You’ll gain experience, diversification and specialization in education at Juniata—just a few of the secrets to the success of Juniata education graduates who are shaping education in their communities and beyond.

Get Involved:

  • American Counseling Association
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Juniata Instructors of the Future
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • National Education Association
  • Null Set (Math Club)
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

The education department at Juniata places its students into local public school classrooms during our freshman year, which is an incredible experience. Not only does it gradually prepare one for the teaching profession and give one an earlier advantage than future educators at other colleges and universities, but it also enables students to realize if teaching is right for them.

-Arianne Waddington ’11

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Sara Cieslewicz ’09 teaches journalism and English in Southern York County School District in York, Pa. Sara cites working as an Inbound counselor and courses with professors Kathy Jones and Carol Peters as the best preparation for her current role.

Maura Collins ’10 teaches special education at an elementary school in Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

Gina Piccolini ’09 teaches elementary special education to students ages 5 to 8 at Tuckahoe Elementary School in Arlington, Va. Her unique student teaching at Jackson Miller Elementary and Huntingdon High School, and an internship with Pa. State Senator Don White, a fellow Juniata alum, have taught her the skills she uses in her job every single day.

Andra Sipols ’10 is employed as an English teacher at Juniata Valley High School in Alexandria, Pa.

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Creg Drake ’09 is currently teaching ninth grade biology at Muhlenberg School District in Reading, Pa., while pursuing his master’s degree in classroom technology at Wilkes University.

You can read about more outstanding Education graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Education?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • early childhood teacher
  • educational material sales rep
  • educational researcher
  • elementary/secondary teacher
  • media center specialist
  • special education teacher

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • child life specialist
  • curriculum specialist
  • day care administrator
  • guidance counselor
  • principal/assistant principal
  • school psychologist
  • speech pathologist

Possible Employers:

  • camps
  • charities/foundations/social service
  • churches
  • colleges and universities
  • day care centers
  • headstart
  • hospitals
  • libraries
  • public/private schools
  • state/federal government

Related Occupations:

  • college dean
  • college teacher
  • director of admissions
  • librarian
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • personnel director
  • registrar
  • student personnel administrator
  • textbook writer
  • tutor
  • vocational rehabilitation counselor

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Albany Institute of History & Art
  • Dolphin Research Center
  • Grier School
  • Maritime Aquarium
  • National Museum of American History
  • New England Center for Children
  • Strawberry Fields, Inc.
  • United Nations
  • Youth Forestry Camp No.3
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director