PARTNERS

The Berks County Intermediate Unit does not exist in a vacuum. We believe it’s our mission to serve side by side with non-profit organizations and educational entities as they go on to provide Berks County’s families and young people with programs and services vital to creating a thriving community in which to work, play, and learn.

PENNSYLVANIA INTERMEDIATE UNITS

PAIUPennsylvania’s 29 intermediate units were established in 1971 by the Pennsylvania General Assembly to operate as regional educational service agencies to provide cost-effective, management-efficient programs to Pennsylvania school districts. Today, intermediate units continue to fulfill their mission of service by addressing traditional and emerging needs, serving as essential links for learning in Pennsylvania.

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COMMUNITY

  • Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) – The Berks Business Education Coalition (BBEC) is an organization that joins the resources and expertise of the Berks County business community with those of the education community. BBEC works closely with the Berks County Intermediate Unit on a variety of initiatives, including BerksWorks, insideBERKSbusiness, and Berks Career Pathways.
  • Berks Community Action Program (BCAP) – Berks Community Action Program (BCAP) serves the low-income population of Berks County with programs that include GED preparation, the Supported Work program, and the Family Savings Account program. BCAP is the grantee for the local Head Start program, which is operated by the Berks County Intermediate Unit.
  • Junior Achievement – Junior Achievement uses hands-on experiences to help young people understand the business of life. In partnership with business and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the workplace. Numerous BCIU staff members serve as JA volunteers by educating Berks County students in entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy.
  • United Way of Berks County – The United Way’s business is community impact, not just fund-raising. The work of the United Way goes beyond its historic role as collector and distributor of charitable contributions. It is about making the community a better place for all to live and work. The United Way of Berks County is striving toward a vision of having a county full of thriving children and families, healthy and self-sufficient people, and vibrant neighborhoods and communities. The Berks County Intermediate Unit’s Child Care Program receives funding support from the United Way.

CURRICULUM

  • Berks Career Pathways – Career Pathways is a conduit for students to pursue careers that best fit their interests and skills. Career Pathways provides career information for students, aids them in choosing the right courses that will best meet their future career needs, and expands student opportunities for learning and career preparation.
  • SAS Curriculum Pathways – This resource provides interactive, standard-based resources for grades 6-12 in English language arts, science, social studies, mathematics, and Spanish.

EARLY LEARNING

  • Keystone Stars – Keystone STARS is an initiative of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to improve, support, and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. STARS stands for Standards, Training/Professional Development, Assistance, Resources, and Support. Keystone STARS is managed through a partnership of the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and the Pennsylvania and Regional Keys.
  • PA Key – The role of the Pennsylvania Key is to work with the Office of Child Development & Early Learning to provide statewide leadership in the development of an integrated and coordinated system of program quality improvements and professional development supports for early childhood education.

WILKES UNIVERSITY

In cooperation with the Berks County Intermediate Unit, Wilkes University offers graduate classes in education at the BCIU’s administrative office building.

  • Master of Science in Educational Classroom Technology
    This is a 30-credit master’s degree program with a concentration in educational classroom technology. The program is designed primarily for teaching professionals. Core education courses are combined with courses in classroom technology to prepare educators to integrate technology into the curriculum. Classes are held at the BCIU and are taught by local school administrators.
  • Master of Science in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification
    This is a 36-credit master’s degree program in educational leadership. This program meets Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for principals and includes field-based experiences linking theory and practice. The program requires 36 credits to obtain the degree and certification. Candidates will be recommended for principal certification upon the successful completion of the program of study, a PDE-required principal certification exam, and five years of professional school experience. Classes are held at the BCIU and are taught by local school administrators.
  • Doctor of Education Degree
    This 60-credit program includes specializations in kindergarten through 12th-grade administration and in educational technology. The K-12 administration track can lead to a superintendent’s letter of eligibility if the student holds a Pennsylvania principal or supervisory certificate at the time of admission. The program combines face-to-face classes with online learning; educators meet once a week at the Berks County Intermediate Unit. Students take one seven-week course at a time. The program’s cohort format allows students to complete the program with the same peer group.

To register for the MAT or for more information about the degree, contact Pam Koslosky at Pamela.koslosky@wilkes.edu or at (800) WILKES-U Ext. 7388.