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Early Childhood Directors Credential Renewal Program

Clarion University is the place
to renew your Director's Credential. 

Grow as you renew your PA KEYS Director's Credential at Clarion University!

Build new skills and marketability online as you to continue full-time work in your home community.

Connect with skilled, full-time faculty who care about your success.

Excel with Clarion, an accredited public university educating teachers for more than 100 years.


Program Description:
This program consists of one three-credit course, ECH 420/520: "Issues and Advocacy in Early Childhood Education."  This course examines incidental learning of children through their interactions with the people and society's major institutions.  It features in-depth exploration of the family as a diverse and primary institution influencing children and the interface with the educational and social systems.  The course also analyzes current issues and public policies as related to systems theory.

The course content and assignments will be customized to address core body of knowledge areas identified for further training on individual participant's professional development records.  Overall, this course emphasizes advocacy and ethics of professionals to help your children cope with issues that affect them and will contribute to institutional change to meet the needs of young children. 

Prerequisite: ED 121

To enroll in the course, a minimum of an associate's degree is required.  Act 48 hours can be earned for these courses.

Graduate Credit:
ED 420/520 may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.  In order to take the courses for graduate credit, you must submit an official transcript showing the bachelor's degree and date awarded in a sealed envelope from the institution before being registered for the course.  Transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Office of Graduate Studies
840 Wood Street
Clarion, PA  16214

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(for students new to Clarion only)

(Students who have previously attended Clarion University who wish to re-apply)

** The Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality, sponsored by the Department of Public Welfare's Office of Child Development, is a quality improvement program in which all early learning programs and practitioners are encouraged and supported to improve child outcomes.