SUNY Cortland prepares more elementary and pre-school teachers than any other public institution in New York state.
That’s because of the strength of the university’s Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department. This accelerated program is intended for people who want to pursue a career in childhood education, teaching first through sixth grade.
You’ll explore instructional options for mathematics, science, literacy and social studies. You’ll also master technology, research, social advocacy and working with diverse learners. In addition to learning from expert teachers and fulfilling the requirements for New York state certification, you’ll complete two eight-week, full-time student teaching assignments at two levels.
You also will complete a culminating research project and child study with careful data collection analysis and instructional decision-making to maximize all students’ learning in elementary classrooms.
Many of our graduates are among the knowledgeable and caring teaching staff who support your field experiences. Their guidance provides you the opportunity to apply child development theories, content mastery and classroom management to real-world situations. In short, you become a part of SUNY Cortland’s proud teaching legacy.
Our Professional Development School partnership with the Homer and Dryden school districts supports your quest to be a teacher. You work for a full year in several classrooms, becoming part of a nearby school community. You begin with two sessions of practicum — 25-45 hours in summer and 150 hours in fall — then apply those rich practicum experiences as a student teacher for the spring semester.
Graduates are prepared to teach in the elementary school classroom, first through sixth grade. Students also benefit from our annual Teacher Recruitment Day, a career-focused event that takes place in the spring and draws many school districts from across the country.