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Early Childhood Education


A.S. Early Childhood Education

Clarion University of Pennsylvania's online early childhood associate degree program is an excellent way to earn a degree in early childhood education while working full time. The program is designed to prepare early childhood professionals for entry-level positions through construction of knowledge, skills and dispositions related to child development and the importance of early care and education. It's a fact: To advance as a professional educator, you need a college degree. Clarion's early childhood associate of science degree will enhance your skills and boost your marketability in a fast-growing career field. The program also is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Early Childhood Higher Education Programs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This program is offered only online.

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B.S.Ed. Early Childhood Education

The pre-K–4 (early childhood) education program provides candidates with multiple opportunities to gain the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to become effective decision makers in a multicultural society. In a sequential format, early childhood candidates are inducted into the education core, proceed with a series of pre-methods courses, and engage in a sequence of field experiences that begin in the first semester of the program. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.

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Minor in Early Childhood Education

The early childhood education minor consists of six courses focused on gaining skills and education needed to effectively interact with young children and families in a variety of settings. Ethical conduct, culturally responsive teaching, and community advocacy are dispositions woven throughout the minor courses. The coursework is grounded in the theoretical perspectives and research of theorists, such as Bowlby, Vygotsky, Bronfenbrenner, and Adler In addition, the minor courses emphasize the National Association of Young Children (NAEYC, 2008) and Council for Exceptional Children Division of Early Childhood Education (Council for Exception Children, 2015) principles of developmentally appropriate practices for young children. Each course in the minor requires to students to observe and/or interact with children (birth – age 8) in a variety of settings. This program offered at the Clarion campus.

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Last Updated 5/26/23