Clarion University School of Education has developed several new programs for students. Graduate-level degree opportunities have broadened with the addition of the Master of Science in Special Education. The degree is designed for those individuals who currently hold special education certification and desire knowledge of characteristics and special education services. Clarion University School of Education has developed several new programs for students.
Graduate-level degree opportunities have broadened with the addition of the Master of Science in Special Education. The degree is designed for those individuals who currently hold special education certification and desire knowledge of characteristics and special education services. The program is offered in an online, seven-week-semester format, with exception of one research methods course offered in a 15-week-semester format. Other Master of Education degree programs include the M.Ed. with special education concentration and M.Ed. pre-K-8/7-12 with reading concentration.
"Clarion University's School of Education continues to deliver quality education in early childhood (grades Pre-K-4), mid-level (grades 5-8) and secondary (grades 9-12). The university designs new programs that meets the needs of the region, the commonwealth and the nation," said Dr. Alan Arroyo, interim director of the School of Education.
Also beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, students are now able to earn new master's-level
certifications and endorsements, in addition to their degrees.
• The online instruction endorsement is a 12-credit graduate program, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for teachers with Pennsylvania Level 1 or Level 2 certification. This online program is designed to provide educators with essential tools to engage students in online learning environments. The online instruction endorsement can be completed as a stand-alone program or as part of the Master of Education with technology concentration. This program is offered only online.
• The reading specialist certification is obtained upon successful completion of the Master of Education with a reading concentration. Students also may obtain the certification without the degree by completing a specific sequence of courses. The courses are offered only online.
• The autism spectrum disorders endorsement for certified school personnel who hold Level I and Level II teaching certificate has also been developed. This endorsement will be an addition to the school personnel's existing Level I and Level II certificates and will be issued by Pennsylvania Department of Education. The required 12 hours of graduate level coursework includes classes in autism spectrum disorders, advanced applied behavior analysis, collaboration and cooperation, and advanced methods for people with autism and severe disabilities. This program is offered only at the Clarion campus.
• The gifted endorsement is the first step toward required training for teachers of the gifted. It consists, typically, of four courses. Clarion University is one of four state institutions whose gifted endorsement is approved by the Department of Education.
"Students with autism are in every classroom. General and special educators need to continually upgrade their skills in this area," he said. "The autism endorsement allows for these professional development opportunities at both pre-service and in-service levels."
"Another example is our gifted education endorsement. There are only three other universities in the state that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer the endorsement," Arroyo said. "The endorsement empowers teachers to meet the needs of gifted students to help them achieve to their fullest potential."
Clarion University's education programs are nationally recognized for the exceptional preparation of undergraduate students. Clarion teacher candidates have a 94 to 100 percent pass rate on licensure exams.
Clarion students are sought regionally, as well as from afar. For example, Clarion's education department has a partnership with Broward County Schools in Florida. Last fall, three Clarion students completed their student teaching in Broward County; the school system offered a job to one student before she graduated. Our graduates are teaching in many states across the country: Alaska, Arizona, Kansas and Virginia, to name a few.
Clarion's education programs are accredited by the Council Accreditation for Education Preparation, the only recognized national accreditation agency for education programs. Only 30 percent of education programs in Pennsylvania meet CAEP's strict accreditation standards for content and instructional effectiveness.