Clarion University's School of Education ranks among the top higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and in the top 15% nationally!
  • Middle Level Education (Grades 4-8) - Ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania (2016)
  • Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Associates Degree - Ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania (2016)  
  • Special Education - Ranked No. 9 in Pennsylvania (2016)
  • Elementary Education - Ranked No. 11 in Pennsylvania (2016)


The School of Education, which is housed under the College of Arts, Education and Sciences, recently changed the way education courses are delivered — and it seems to be working. Eighty-eight percent of graduates who completed a BSE during the 2015-16 academic year earned certification through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our programs are nationally recognized for the exceptional preparation of our undergraduate students with our teacher candidates exhibiting a 94 to 100 percent pass rate on exams.

We offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate certification programs in the educational fields. These programs are taught by an esteemed faculty ensuring your place among the elite professionals in your chosen profession.

A key aspect of the School of Education is its field experience.

Students have:

  • multiple field experiences that are intentionally diverse
  • exposure to rural schools, larger schools and parochial schools
  • opportunities for field work at Cook Forest, McKeever Environmental Education Center, and the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette

Clarion students find jobs all over the country. Last fall, three Clarion students completed their student teaching in Broward County, Fla., where Clarion has established a partnership. We have graduates teaching in Alaska, Arizona, Kansas and Virginia, among others. 


Dr. Gwyneth A. Price | Professor | Director of the School of Education
202 Stevens
+1 814 393 2298

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This is where education majors learn to be educators. Education majors are immersed in learning and teaching experiences from the beginning that will help them shape the next generation of thinkers.

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Special Education

Special Education is for the future educator who knows that not every student learns in the same way, but believes every student is capable of reaching his or her own potential. Here, special education majors gain the tools to help others.

Conrad Warner

Conrad Warner

 "Clarion came together and took care of us because it is simply what this university and this community do. This act showed me community, it showed me the level of heart and caring it takes to build a place as special as Clarion, and it made me want to spend my life here."

Ashley Beeson

Ashley Beeson

 "I credit Clarion University with my background knowledge, passion, and willingness to do everything possible to help children flourish."


All undergraduate education and special education majors must be formally admitted to the School of Education prior to registering for field experience block classes.  Admission requirements are as follows:

  • SOE Program Admission Policy
  • 3.0 QPA
  • Current clearances on file
  • Basic skills tests (PAPA or CORE) passed and scores submitted 
      (exemption possible based on SAT Scores)
  • Program admission form completed and submitted to the School of Education office

 For additional questions, please contact Clarion's Admissions office.

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Last Updated 12/4/18