Department of Education Mission

The mission of the Education Department at Elizabethtown College is to provide its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become thoughtful and responsible teachers who, informed by scholarship and research, are prepared to meet the social, intellectual, and professional challenges of today's culturally diverse and inclusive pre-K to 12 classrooms. We believe that our purpose is best achieved through adherence to the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for teacher certification, and through modeling research-based practices of effective instruction and assessment within a relationship-centered climate that supports academic excellence.

Our goal is to prepare highly competent, knowledgeable educators in early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, special, art, music, and Spanish education. Essential components of this preparation are early and frequent field experiences in urban, rural, and suburban settings supervised by certified professionals, and ongoing self-evaluation of knowledge and skill growth through development of a professional portfolio. The capstone assessment is a semester-long student teaching placement that promotes the practical application of theories and best practices learned in program coursework.

Integral to our programs is the department's signature attribute of social justice, exhibited through a curricular focus upon advocacy for equity, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international/comparative perspectives. Education faculty are experts in these fields, conducting, presenting, and publishing their own research, and facilitating opportunities for undergraduate scholarship.

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In the Department of Education

Kathryn Caprino

Kathryn Caprino

assistant professor of education

E-town’s Education Department welcomes Kathryn Caprino as an assistant professor of education. Caprino earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a clinical assistant professor of English education at the University of Florida for two years. “I enjoyed teaching future teachers and am particularly interested in literacy methods, children’s and young adult literature and incorporating technology within the literacy classroom.”

In the Department of Education

Ed Frick

Ed Frick

lecturer in education

Ed Frick, a graduate of Lycoming College, is the new lecturer in education at Elizabethtown. After earning a bachelor's degree in history and teaching certification, Frick pursued a master's degree in education from Bucknell University, as well as a doctoral degee in educational leadership and management from Drexel University. He has 25 years of education experience teaching students at Williamsport Area School District and as an adjunct faculty and clinical instructor at Drexel and Lamar universities, respectfully. Previously, Frick was a clinical supervisor at E-town.

We are excited to announce that we have earned a Fields of Study Colleges of Distinction Badge for our Education programs. These badges are awarded to schools with first rate programs and recognized professional accreditations in these fields.

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Student Learning Outcomes

The Education Department requires that every student demonstrate the following:

  • A thorough knowledge of the content and pedagogical skills in planning, preparation, and assessment.
  • An ability to establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment for learning.
  • An ability to deliver instruction that engages students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies, including technology.
  • Qualities and dispositions that characterize a professional person in aspects that occur in and beyond the classroom/building.
  • An awareness of, and adherence to, the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of being a certified teacher.
  • An ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and professional development through field-related clubs, conferences, and organizations.
  • Teaching and advocacy for principles of social justice and civic competence.

Four Pillars of Learning


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