Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

Lock Haven University

Lock Haven, PA

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One of the best in the state for teacher preparation

Lock Haven University was founded in 1870 as a teacher’s college called the Central State Normal School. We have a long history of excellence in training Pennsylvania’s educators. Today, we’re still one of the best in the state for teacher preparation.

Small, personal, and affordable
As a small university with a big selection of academic programs, we make sure you get the best of both worlds. You’ll benefit from small class sizes, personal attention, and a community that’s like a second family, along with the freedom to study whatever subjects you’re passionate about. Being part of the Pennsylvania State System allows us to charge lower tuition than private schools while still providing a quality educational experience. The Haven offers an unbeatable combination of quality, affordability, and value while serving our region, the Commonwealth, and beyond.

With 57 majors and 41 minors to choose from, you're sure to find the right combination to take you where you want to go. Heighten your college experience by joining our honors programstudying abroad, or completing an internship. Our dedicated faculty and staff will ensure that you're equipped with the knowledge to be successful in your field of study.
 Technology: Virtualized computer labs, SMART boards, and wireless access in classrooms
 A global perspective: Study abroad programs in over 20 countries, and international students enriching the climate on campus
 Active learning: Internships and field experience, service, and undergraduate research

Outside the classroom
From your first visit to your 50-year reunion, being a part of Lock Haven is about much more than getting a degree. It means new experiences and time-worn traditions. It’s a community that becomes family and a campus that becomes home.
• 17 intercollegiate athletic programs, including NCAA Division I field hockey and wrestling; all other sports competing at the NCAA D-II level and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference
• Over 100 clubs and organizations
• Club and intramural sports, movies, theatre, jazz and marching band, student government, cheerleading, dance, student newspaper, ROTC, and more
• Exceptional campus dining, including Bentley Dining Hall (buffet style), Eagle Rock at Lower Bentley (food court style), Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Nanobites (deli style)



Ranked #38 among the "Top Public Schools in the North" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


The University is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of central Pennsylvania, a few minutes off I-80 (exit 178). The historic town of Lock Haven boasts a vital downtown with tree-lined streets and beautiful Victorian homes in a safe and quiet environment. The town is less than an hour from State College and Williamsport and four hours from New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington, DC. Our Clearfield campus (an hour to the west) serves traditional and non-traditional students.

Lock Haven Education Programs

Early Childhood/Pre K–4
Secondary Education
Health & Physical Education
Special Education

Program Highlights

Accreditation: Each program is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the Council for Accreditation of Education Providers (CAEP). In addition, individual programs are accredited by various professional associations including National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council for Teachers of English, and the National Science Teachers Association.

Blocked Classes: The Education programs offer two groupings of courses in the method and practice of teaching. One of them is typically scheduled for sophomore year and the other senior year. Each block includes a subject-specific “methods” course where prospective teachers learn about curriculum, assessment, and technology in addition to methods for teaching in the various content areas.

Student Teaching: In our programs you'll student teach at two different sites. You will likely have a choice of urban, rural, or suburban schools and are also encouraged to student teach abroad at any of our partner universities.

Scholarships: From honorariums to full-tuition waivers, scholarships exist to reward your hard work and dedication to the major.

Careers: The current retirement rate of teachers is creating a high demand for teachers at all levels. As a graduate, you'll be prepared to teach in your chosen area. Demand is high for teachers in all areas, particularly in rural and inner city districts.

Teacher Certification:  Students who graduate and meet the requirements of the chosen Teacher Education program are eligible to apply for PA State Teacher Licensure. This licensure provides individuals with the opportunity to teach in all Pennsylvania public schools. Graduates seeking to teach outside of Pennsylvania may have additional requirements to meet. 

Facilities: Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities. Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices. Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.

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