About the College of Education
The College of Education offers four undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs.
Candidates are served by 26 full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty, approximately
25 part-time faculty, and seven support staff members. In addition to the programs
within the College of Education, the College of Education - Professional Education
Unit offers 16 initial teacher preparation programs (those leading to a first time
teaching certificate) and 13 advanced teacher preparation programs (those leading
to additional certificates).
- The College of Education is fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE).
- The College of Education continues the "United Kingdom Student Exchange Program" for
the 25th year. Students and faculty from the United Kingdom come to Fredonia in late
Spring, and a cadre of Fredonia students and faculty visit the UK as well.
- The College of Education now offers students the opportunity to complete one of two
student teaching placements in Queensland, Australia.
- TESOL graduate students have the opportunity to complete their student teaching in
- Current teacher candidates in all education programs are completing the new EdTPA
NYS teacher certification exam requirement. The EdTPA is a portfolio of candidates’
teaching experience consisting of several components.
- The College of Education has refined and expanded partnerships with surrounding P-12
school districts this year.
- The College of Education has initiated a regional P-16 Leadership Team that includes
SUNY Fredonia College of Education administrators and faculty as well as Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus
BOCES Superintendent's office. This group was created to respond to the New York State
Governor's P-16 initiative to improve the quality of education in New York State.
- College of Education faculty published a total of 25 different publications and presented
over 50 papers at international, national, state, and regional professional conferences
during the last academic year.
College of Education Conceptual Framework
Programs at the College of Education are designed around a central idea that all children
can learn. Candidates at the College of Education at Fredonia learn to be responsive
educators who assess their instructional competence through reflection of student
performance. To instill reflection and create responsive educators all candidates
must complete five field-based experiences. A required education course is linked
to each field-based experience to clearly connect theory and practice. Field-based
experiences at the College of Education are highly structured and supervised with
the intent to provide opportunities to Plan, Instruct, Reflect, and Respond with school
children in classroom settings. In addition to field-based experiences, candidates
will take courses related to child and adolescent development, applications of psychology
in the classroom, and pedagogical strategies. Liberal arts and discipline-specific
content courses are required as well. This compilation of course work and experiences
work together to strengthen the candidates’ Four Pillars of Understanding -- Knowledge,
Pedagogy, Diversity, and Professionalism -- which in turn support the process of effective
planning, instructing, reflecting, and responding.
What Fredonia Teacher Education programs have to offer:
- Not Just Observations: All Fredonia candidates begin TEACHING in their first field-based course (as early
as their first semester at Fredonia). Candidates plan lessons, teach these lessons,
gather pupil data, reflect on the outcomes of their instruction, and respond to data
planning subsequent lessons. These placements are set-up by the Office of Field Experiences with local school districts.
- Work With Diverse Learners: All candidates have experiences working in high-need school districts with children
who are from poverty and children who are speakers of languages other than English.
- Student Teaching Options: Each candidate successfully completes at least two student teaching placements, typically
located near Fredonia. Early Childhood/Childhood Dual candidates complete three placements,
over two semesters for experience in the additional grades. However, candidates may
elect to student teach in New York City or Elmira. Candidates may also choose to take
classes and student teach in our Fredonia-Hamburg Program for three student teaching placements. For a study abroad option, teacher candidates
may choose to student teach in Australia.
- Peer Groups: Fredonia has many active clubs for teachers including: Teacher Education Club (TEC), International Honor Society in Education (Kappa Delta Pi), Friends Across Borders (FAB), Early Childhood Education Club, and Council for Exceptional
- Professionalism: SUNY Fredonia candidates are actively involved with professional organizations such
as the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the International Reading Association (IRA).
- Travel: Fredonia has a teacher exchange program with Plymouth, England. In addition, the Belize Service-Learning Project involves candidates participating in supervised volunteer work in Belizean schools
for two weeks in January, during J-Term.
- Getting that First Job: Candidates receive extensive training in portfolio development, resume building and
interview strategies. Also as a student at Fredonia, all senior candidates have to
opportunity to attend Teacher Recruitment Days held at the Buffalo Convention Center every year in order to interview with school
districts from across the country.