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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 a minimum of 6 online graduate courses. ECH 500: Early Childhood Foundations may be required as a prerequisite, depending upon educational and professional experiences.

Most graduate courses that 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 competencies for Pre K-4 teachers. Those who complete this program may choose to continue on for the Master of Education degree.

ECH 501: Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

ECH 502: Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment

ECH 503: Early Childhood Curriculum Content

ED 565: Reading and Language Arts in Early Childhood

ECH 512: Supporting Children in Homes, Schools and Communities

ED 544: Graduate Certification Practicum

Program Requirements:

This 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; however, they will be required to complete a practicum in an early childhood setting.  They will also be required to maintain a 3.0 GPA and pass the Pearson Pre K-4 PECT certification test before Clarion University will recommend them to PDE for certification.

Admission to the Program:

To apply, candidates must apply for admission to the Clarion University Graduate School, and provide a copy of their PA Elementary Certificate, Bachelors degree transcript with their graduate admission package.  They must also submit clearances (current within one year), physical with TB test (current within one year) and liability insurance.  

For additional information, please contact the Education Department Office: 814-393-2404