Arthur J. Acton, Ph.D., assistant vice president for academic affairs
130 Harvey Hall
The Office of Extended Programs coordinates all non-credit programming and most off-campus credit programming as detailed below:
Clarion University combines its academic tradition of excellence with online educational technology to provide programs that are—ACCREDITED. ACCESSIBLE. ANYWHERE. The virtual campus includes online classes and programs. Information on availability of specific degrees online is indicated under each of the degree program areas. A list of current course offerings and online undergraduate programs is available here.
The Center for Teaching Excellence
William J. Williams, Ed.D., director
113 Stevens Hall
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) mission is to provide specific professional development training to schools and teachers and offer college experiences for current high school students. CTE administers the Dual Enrollment Program, serving students from high schools throughout western Pennsylvania.
The center provides the planning, development, marketing, and administration of the off-campus Master in Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree serving graduate students across the Commonwealth. The center provides record keeping and implementation of the approval process for all university Act 48 activities, both on and off campus, as well as development and marketing of all Department of Education summer workshops and course offerings and Paraprofessional Workshops.
CTE directs assistancre to community organizations, such as Keystone SMILES and the Clarion County Literacy Council, along with all monies from the America Reads program. CTE also supports and administers the Superintendent's Roundtable and EC-12 Council, along with various projects undertaken by the Department of Education and its faculty.
Clarion University—Pittsburgh Site
The Clarion University—Pittsburgh Site is affiliated with and located in The Western Pennsylvania School of Nursing at 4900 Friendship Avenue in the Bloomfield section of Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Site offers 30 college-level credits in courses required in West Penn's School of Nursing two-year diploma program. While West Penn nursing students are working toward their diploma in nursing, they have an opportunity to concurrently earn an Associate of Science in Allied Health (ASAH) degree from Clarion University by completing their general education course work through Clarion University.
The focus of continuing education is to organize and make available to individuals and businesses instructional opportunities and workforce development funding. Educational programs of all types, presented in almost any format, are developed to meet the needs of a variety of audiences. Continuing Education works with numerous companies annually to coordinate and administer funding (WEDnet and CJT) for employee training.
Generally, continuing education activities fall into one of three program types: non-credit courses, open to the general public without regard to educational background; corporate/organizational training that is customized to meet client needs; and workshops, conferences, and seminars which provide a concentrated experience developed for a specific group.
Non-credit courses, as the name implies, do not carry academic credit, do not require admission to the university, and generally do not have examinations or grades. Reasons for pursuing non-credit courses could be for gaining job skills, personal or professional development, intellectual enrichment, or just plain fun.
Students who take three summer terms of 10 weeks each may finish the four-year course in three years.