Programs of study
- Early Childhood / Elementary Education - Grades PreK-4
- Middle Level Education
- Middle Level Education with Special Education
- Secondary Education
- B.S. Liberal Studies: Education Concentration
- Graduate Degrees
- Online Instruction Endorsement
The Education Department is committed to preparing outstanding graduates empowered as decision-makers and reflective practitioners. These individuals shall have the knowledge and skills necessary to take their places in society as professional educators, capable of meeting the needs of a diverse population in our rapidly changing society.
The overall mission of the department is to develop educators who have mastered both general knowledge and specialized training, including a recognized body of knowledge in professional content and pedagogy, and a successful integration of technology into day-to-day instructional practices. Individuals will demonstrate an internalized standard of excellence, will be prepared to meet professional employment requirements, and will be ready to assume responsibility for the exercise of professional judgment and for continued professional growth.
The experienced faculty of the Education Department at Clarion is committed to students and to the profession of teaching. Serving as academic advisors, faculty members encourage and help individual students attain their professional teaching goals. Small, student-centered classes and a variety of field experiences are offered in four specialized curricula in professional education: early childhood / elementary (PreK-4) and a dual certificate in early childhood / elementary with special education, mid-level and mid-level with special education, secondary, and world languages. Each curriculum is designed to meet the graduation requirements of the university, the certification requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the accreditation standards of professional groups such as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The Education Department also offers a graduate program leading to a Master's Degree in Education with concentrations in curriculum and instruction, reading education (K-12), early childhood, science, technology, and special education. An online instruction endorsement is offered as a component of the Masters of Education Degree.(requirements)
An online associates degree in early childhood is offered as well as the Early Childhood Directors Program.
Advance your career as a child care director or professional with this nine-credit program through PA KEYS.*
- ECH 322: Curriculum Bases for Learning and Teaching
- ECH 421: Child Care Management and Administration
- ECH 413: Leadership in Early Childhood Settings
This program is entirely online enabling you to work full-time as you earn college credits. All courses are taught by skilled, full-time faculty who care about your success. To enroll in the program, a minimum of an associate's degree is required. Act 48 hours can be earned for these courses. Before students can enroll in education classes they must provide proof they have obtained all necessary clearances.
* Note: 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.
Clarion University is the place to renew your PA KEYS Director's Credential.
- Grow as you renew your 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.
You may register for a three-credit early childhood course at the undergraduate or graduate level that addresses your area of need as identified on your Professional Development Record to obtain this credential. Classes related to all of the Core Knowledge Competency areas are offered online. If you need assistance choosing a course, please contact Dr. LouAnn Bonnett. To apply, click here.
A minimum of an associate's degree is required for enrollment in the undergraduate courses, and bachelor degree is required for enrollment in graduate courses. Act 48 hours can be earned for these courses.
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
*Note: 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.
This program is designed for those who currently hold a Child Development Associate Credential or Pennsylvania School-Age Credential and need additional course work hours or credits to renew it.
These three one-credit courses will provide the course work hours required for renewing the CDA or School-Age credential, which is valid for three years from date of issue. There is also the option of taking on three-credit course to renew the CDA or PA School-Age Credential.
For more information, contact Clarion Online.
Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Director's Program, the Early Childhood Director's Credential Renewal Program or the Pennsylvania School-Age Credential Renewal program may be eligible for the Rising STARS Tuition Assistance program.