Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Overview and Description of the Program
The Childhood program at SUNY Fredonia prepares graduates to instruct children in
grades 1-6. Graduates become certified in New York State to teach children in grades
The Childhood program prepares candidates to assume the role of the general education
teacher. As part of our teacher preparation program, teacher candidates complete a
series of four field-based experiences in local schools. Each field experience is
taught in conjunction with a required educational course to clearly connect educational
theory and practice. Each of the field experiences is highly structured, well supervised,
and intended to provide multiple opportunities for teacher candidates to plan, instruct,
reflect, and respond with students in general education classroom settings.
Graduates from our program...
• are employed through the region and across the nation.
• are working with children in a variety of settings including public school elementary
grades, private elementary schools, and charter schools.
• are qualified teachers who offer elementary schools a wide range of knowledge and
skills to address the diverse needs of all learners.
Admission and Program Requirements
Entering Fall 2013 and After:
Childhood Education Program Advising Sheet
Entering Fall 2012 and After:
Concentration Advising Sheet
Entering Spring 2012 and After:
Middle School Extension Concentration Sheet