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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

Campus planning interactive garden

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

Model Garden and Bioswales signage ceremony held

Oct. 12, 2021
Sign explains many possible uses for the nine-bed plot near Van Hoesen Hall.

Cortland wins expanded diversity teaching grant

Aug. 31, 2021
The C.U.R.E. program will add students and continue for at least five more years.

Sophia’s Garden makes philosophers of children

June 29, 2021
Toddlers to teens cultivate ideas they need to understand their world.

Recent grad earns Fulbright to teach in Spain

April 20, 2021
Christina Garcia ’20, a dual major in childhood/early childhood education and Spanish, will teach abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.