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Early Childhood Education


Are you interested in shaping young minds? Then a career in early childhood education might be right for you.

Graduates of Early Childhood Education who complete all program requirements are eligible to apply for PA Instructional I Teaching Certification. This certification enables graduates to teach all subjects in Preschool, Kindergarten and Grades 1-4 in public, private, parochial, magnet, charter and online school settings.  

Early Childhood Education majors study several subjects including Child Development and Guidance, Educational Psychology, Motor Development and Learning, Family and Community, Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment, Classroom Environment and Management, Language and Literacy, Special Education, Reading, Mathematics, Science, History and Geography.

Clarion University Teacher Education faculty continually update their coursework and field experience assignments to reflect the changing school environments as well as Pennsylvania and National Academic Standards for learning and teaching. Education Department faculty members are all certified teachers and average more than 15 years of preK-12 classroom experience. 

While a few courses in undergraduate education programs may be offered online, the majority of the program is on campus in highly interactive face-to-face instruction. Field experiences in schools are integrated during all four years of the program, with larger blocks of time spent in preschools and K-4 settings during the junior and senior years. More information about field experiences, required certification tests and clearances as well as student teaching may be found by visiting the Office of Field Services.

The Early Childhood Education program is recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).