College of Education

College of Education
Office of the Dean
705 Maytum Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3311 phone
(716) 673-3794 fax


Curriculum & Instruction
E268 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3701 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

Language, Learning & Leadership
E262 Thompson Hall
SUNY Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3702 phone
(716) 673-4664 fax

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).

 Teacher candidate reading to students


  • 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 2013, 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 Mexico. 


Current Activities

  • 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 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.

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