Early Childhood Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Overview and Description of Program
The Early Childhood program at SUNY Fredonia prepares graduates to work with children
ages 0-8 years. Graduates become certified in New York State to teach children from
The Early Childhood program prepares candidates to understand the specific nature
of the unique education needs of young children, how young children learn and develop
and how that differs from older children. They are prepared to link and apply knowledge
of child development content and teaching strategies to match young children’s ways
of learning. Our program prepares candidates to fully understand and to support the
importance of children’s earliest experiences in setting the foundation for their
future success in schools.
Graduates from our program...
- are working with young children in a variety of settings including public school primary
grades, kindergartens, pre-kindergartens, private elementary schools, charter schools,
child care centers, Head Start classrooms, and special education.
- are employed through the region and across the nation.
- are becoming leaders in the field through their association with the National Association
for the Education of Young Children (at the local, state and national levels) including
presenting at national and regional conferences.
Admission and Program Requirements
Entering Fall 2013 and After:
Early Childhood Education Program Advising Sheet
Entering Fall 2012 and After:
Concentration Advising Sheet