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


Tribute to a groundbreaking educator

May 14, 2024
Marjorie Dey Carter '50 quietly blazed a trail in American urban education.

New garden celebrates Indigenous crops and culture

May 8, 2024
The Three Sisters farming method is introduced to SUNY Cortland’s Model Garden.

Professors earn Distinguished rank among SUNY colleagues

April 30, 2024
Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo and Beth Klein were given the SUNY system’s highest academic promotion.

SUNY Chancellor spends Earth Day at SUNY Cortland

April 23, 2024
State University of New York Chancellor John B. King praised Cortland for being a leader in making campuses more sustainable.

SUNY Cortland recognized for election encouragement

April 16, 2024
For a second time, the university is honored for its voter education, registration and turnout efforts.