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Graduate Certification in Early Childhood

 

Clarion University Graduate Early Childhood Certification program

The Graduate Early Childhood Certification program offers web-based graduate courses to those who currently hold PA Elementary certification that will allow them to earn PA Early Childhood Certification. The courses are designed to facilitate the participant knowledge, skills and dispositions that will enable them to effectively interact with and guide the learning of young children and their families and has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Program of Study

The Clarion University Graduate Early Childhood Certification program currently consists of 5 online graduate courses and the Praxis II exam in Early Childhood. Click here for Praxis information

The graduate courses that will make up the Graduate Early Childhood Certification program are part of the Master of Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education program. The courses are designed to address the five standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Pennsylvania Early Learning Standards. Those who complete this program may choose to continue on for the Master of Education degree.

Program Requirements:

ECH 501: Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction-core course

ECH 502: Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment-core courses

ECH 505: The Healthy Infant, Toddler and Young Child

ED 565: Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood

ECH 510: Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Admission Requirements:

The program will enroll only those who currently possess PA Elementary Certification. These teachers will have met the PA teaching competencies and will have completed student teaching. They are not required to student teach again to earn teaching certification in Early Childhood through this program.  They will be required to pass the Praxis II exam in Early Childhood before Clarion University will recommend them to PDE for certification.

Note: Candidates not completing the program by 2011 maybe subject to program adjustments to meet new PDE regulations.

  • All clearances, TB test and Liability insurance must be up to date. (with-in one year)

Admission to the Program:

To apply, the candidate must apply for admission to the Clarion University Graduate School put link here, and provide a copy of their PA Elementary Certificate and Bachelors degree transcript with their graduate admission package. 

 

 

 

Course rotation schedule

ECH 501: Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

Spring 2009

ECH 502: Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

Summer I 2009

ECH 505: The Healthy Infant, Toddler and Young Child

Summer II 2009

ECH 510: Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Fall 2009

ED 565: Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood

Spring 2010

ECH 501: Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

Summer I 2010

ECH 502: Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

Summer II 2010

ECH 505: The Healthy Infant, Toddler and Young Child

Fall 2010

ED 565: Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood

Spring 2011

ECH 510: Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Summer I 2011

Note:  Candidates not completing the program by 2011 will be subject to program adjustments to meet new PDE regulations: the addition of more coursework in Special Education and English Language Learners.


 

Course Descriptions:

ECH 501: Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (3 credits)

Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction focuses on developmentally appropriate curriculum design and implementation for infants, toddlers and young children. Emphasis will be given to teaching to enhance development and learning, constructing appropriate curriculum, creating a caring community of learners and establishing reciprocal relationships with families.

 

ECH 502: Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment (3 credits)

Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment will focus on the assessment of individual infants, toddlers and young children's development and learning as an essential component of planning and implementing appropriate curriculum. The importance of the learning community and family relationships to appropriate assessment will be emphasized. Action research will be conducted utilizing developmentally appropriate assessment practices.

 

ECH 505: The Healthy Infant, Toddler and Young Child (3 credits)

Exploration of the factors that effect and support the development of a healthy lifestyle in infants, toddlers and young children. Knowledge and skills will be developed in understanding and appreciating foundations and development of movement, health and safety issues, programmatic development and building partnerships.

 

ECH 510: Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care (3 credits)

Leadership in Early Childhood Education and Care will explore and develop the key components in the design of a quality early childhood program and in the development of visionary leadership skills. Participants will be guided through the areas of need assessment, licensing and accreditation procedures, financial matters, curriculum, environment, policies, management skills, community support and staff development and mentoring.

 

ED 565: Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood (3 credits)

Study and observation of the child's early reading behavior during early childhood and observation of other aspects of language arts; exercises for listening experiences and developing writing skills; assessment of some of the causes of difficulties in learning to read and to use language effectively.