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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 CAEP accredited certification


News

Remembering Muteb Alqahtani

June 28, 2022
The campus community may submit memories online.

SUNY Cortland employees honored by SUNY

May 17, 2022
Seven university faculty and staff members received a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.

Campus childcare center adds paid student interns

May 2, 2022
New program gives education majors an opportunity to earn as they learn.

Lin Lin awarded for dedicated teaching 

April 19, 2022
Associate professor chooses hands-on teaching methods to prepare future elementary educators. 

Campus planning interactive garden

Nov. 23, 2021
On Nov. 19, people discussed the forest ecosystem project to be built by spring.