Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Lock Haven, PA

Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Lock Haven, PA

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We're 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. So, 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. 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—an unbeatable combination of quality, affordability, and value serving our region, the Commonwealth, and beyond since 1870.

With 39 majors and 42 minors to choose from, you are 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 are equipped with the knowledge to be successful in your field of study.

LHU offers:
Technology: Virtualized computer labs, SMART boards, and wireless access in classrooms
A global perspective: 74 students studied abroad in 2018–2019 (we offer programs in over 20 countries), and 30 international students enrich 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 University is 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 compete at the NCAA D-II level and within the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. Recent additions include women’s tennis and women’s golf.
• 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)


Lock Haven 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.

Lock Haven 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.

Our Education Programs

LHU offers multiple programs in Education. Find out more information on each of the departments at the links below:
Early Childhood/Pre K-4
Secondary Education
Health and Physical Education
Special Education

Program Highlights

Accreditation: Each of LHU’s Education programs 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 (NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children, 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 at LHU offer two “blocked” groupings of courses in the method and practice of teaching. One of them is typically scheduled in the sophomore year and the other in the 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 LHU’s teacher education programs you will student teach at two different sites. You will likely have a choice of urban, rural, or suburban schools. You 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. Find more information here. 

Careers: The current retirement rate of “baby boom” generation teachers is creating a high demand for teachers at all levels. As a graduate of one of LHU’s education programs, you will 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 at LHU:  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.  See the Pennsylvania Department of Education website for more information.

Graduates seeking to teach outside of Pennsylvania may have additional requirements to meet.  See Education Commission on the States for reciprocity information.

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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