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).
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 SUNY 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.