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Dr. Fran Langan
Professor, Education Division
Fran Langan, Ed.D., has prepared many Keystone College students for successful careers as educators throughout her 30-year tenure at Keystone. Initially educated as a registered nurse, she worked with a number of programs affiliated with Children and Youth Services of Lackawanna County. She then earned her undergraduate degree from Wilkes University, a master’s degree from Marywood University, and a doctorate from Temple University.
When she first arrived at Keystone in 1980, Dr. Langan oversaw the Private Providers Project, which worked with early childhood programs and practitioners. She became an assistant professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences in 1985 and was promoted to full professor and named chair of the Education Division in 1998. She continues in these roles today.
Education Degrees at Keystone College
Under her guidance, and that of an expert and seasoned staff, Keystone has become a recognized leader in the education field. The Education division has grown from offering just one associate degree ten years ago, to today offering seven bachelor’s degrees, an associate degree in early childhood education and accelerated certificates. The most recent addition was a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/special education.
A Respected Leader
A veteran educator, Dr. Langan has seen many changes in her field. “Current research on brain development has advanced our knowledge about the ways in which children’s learning is best achieved. We continually review our curriculum so Keystone education graduates acquire quality teaching strategies to perform competently in today’s classrooms,” Dr. Langan said. “To this end, we ensure our students gain valuable hands-on classroom experience throughout their four years. Made possible through collaborative partnerships with local school districts, this field experience is quite impressive and helps students realize that teaching requires a great deal of commitment.”
Dr. Langan is a respected leader at the regional, state, and national level, including having been appointed by former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell to the Pennsylvania Early Learning Council. The Council provides feedback about state programs designed to serve young children to ensure quality programs and quality educators. Most recently, Dr. Langan has been asked to serve on the state’s Building Leaders and Learning Communities Committee to explore the next steps for continuous quality improvements in Pennsylvania.
She has received a number of distinguished honors at Keystone, including the Margaretta Belin Chamberlin Chair Award for Distinguished Faculty Service and the David Gray Award which is annually given to a member of the Keystone community who exemplifies commitment to higher education. Above all, Dr. Langan is a passionate advocate for all children. Her tireless efforts have resulted in reforms in pre-school curricula, improvements in educational materials, and enhancements in training for early childhood education teachers. While the education field will undoubtedly continue to evolve, you can be sure that Dr. Langan will be at the forefront of those changes.