The College of Education- Professional Education Unit offers a range of teacher education programs that lead to initial and professional certification.
Programs from Early Childhood through Adolescence Education, from Special Education to Speech Pathology, and from Literacy and TESOL to School Building Leadership prepare students for future careers.
What SUNY 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.
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 Children (CEC).
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).
Fredonia has a teacher exchange program with Plymouth, England. Candidates have the opportunity to spend three weeks in the United Kingdom interning in an elementary school.
Belize Service-Learning Project: Candidates participate in supervised volunteer work in Belizean schools for two weeks in January, during J-Term. The middle weekend features two days to visit Belize’s archaeological and geological points of interest.
Fredonia Childhood, Childhood Inclusive, and Early Childhood candidates pass NYS Certification Exams (LAST and ATS-W) at a rate of 99%. All programs are NCATE-accredited.
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.