Clarion University's School of Education, which will once again be a freestanding
entity, ranks among the top higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and in the top 15 percent
nationally! This tradition of distinction is based upon 150 years of consistent excellence
in teacher preparation and development of new programming.
Our rankings include:
Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) - Ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania (2016)
Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Associates Degree - Ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania (2016)
Special Education - Ranked No. 9 in Pennsylvania (2016)
Elementary Education - Ranked No. 11 in Pennsylvania (2016)
Clarion University is leading the way on many efforts:
- The School of Education has one of the first early childhood education programs in the state to implement a full-year teacher residency, which will begin this fall. Student teaching will be done the entire last year of the program, with coursework integrated into the student teaching experience.
- It is the only university in Pennsylvania authorized to offer Competent Learner Model courses for college credit.
- Clarion led the development of and was the first school to offer the Skills for Teacher Leadership Endorsement.
- The innovative intervention specialist program boasts a 100 percent employment rate.
Another key aspect of the School of Education is its field experience.
- multiple field experiences that are intentionally diverse
- exposure to rural schools, larger schools and parochial schools
- opportunities for field work at Cook Forest, McKeever Environmental Education Center, and the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette
Clarion students find jobs all over the country. Last fall, three Clarion students completed their student teaching in Broward County, Fla., where Clarion has established a partnership. We have graduates teaching in Alaska, Arizona, Kansas and Virginia, among others.
Dr. Gwyneth A. Price | Dean of the School of Education
+1 814 393 2298
This is where education majors learn to be educators. Education majors are immersed in learning and teaching experiences from the beginning that will help them shape the next generation of thinkers.
Special Education is for the future educator who knows that not every student learns in the same way, but believes every student is capable of reaching his or her own potential. Here, special education majors gain the tools to help others.
"Clarion came together and took care of us because it is simply what this university and this community do. This act showed me community, it showed me the level of heart and caring it takes to build a place as special as Clarion, and it made me want to spend my life here."
"I credit Clarion University with my background knowledge, passion, and willingness to do everything possible to help children flourish."
All undergraduate education and special education majors must be formally admitted to the School of Education prior to registering for field experience block classes. Admission requirements are as follows:
- SOE Program Admission Policy
- 3.0 QPA
- Current clearances on file
- Basic skills tests (PAPA or CORE) passed and scores submitted
(exemption possible based on SAT Scores)
- Program admission form completed and submitted to the School of Education office
For additional questions, please contact Clarion's Admissions office.