Childhood/Early Childhood Education

If you want to pursue a career in childhood education (grades 1-6) or early childhood education (birth-grade 2), you’ll find that SUNY Cortland has a stellar reputation for excellence in preparing teachers.

At Cortland you’ll learn from expert faculty who have years of experience in school settings. They will help you translate what you learn in class to the real-world setting of a preschool or elementary school classroom.

And because experience is usually the best teacher, you’ll spend 100 hours or more in the field before you begin your student teaching, giving you opportunities to explore a variety of different educational environments.

A Cortland degree makes employers take notice. We prepare more elementary and preschool teachers than any other college or university in New York. Schools are confident that when they hire a Cortland-educated graduate, they’re hiring someone destined to become a great teacher.

As a student in the Childhood/Early Childhood Department you will be part of the: 

  • Largest comprehensive teacher education program in New York
  • Tenth largest education program among public institutions in the United States 
  • 142 years of tradition in that Cortland continues to educate more teachers than any other New York college or university

Your completed degree will integrate:

  • A strong foundation of liberal arts and sciences with theory
  • The application of teaching with real classroom experiences
  • Highly marketable NCATE accredited certification


News

Justin Teague Academic All-American for Second Straight Season

SUNY Cortland senior catcher Justin Teague has been selected as a 2018 Google Cloud Division III Baseball Third Team Academic All-American.

Students Earn National Gilman Scholarships

The prestigious award supports a student's expenses to study abroad.

Study Abroad Provides Canvas for Student Art in India

Three aspiring teachers created a 12-piece art exhibition as part of their study abroad program in Mangalore, India.

Phi Kappa Phi Names 'Scholars of the Year'

The interdisciplinary honor society recognized six members April 21.

Class Awards $10,000 to Community

Three local agencies devoted to children will benefit from this year's awards.

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