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Childhood Education

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) at Fredonia

You can change the world by influencing young minds as an elementary school teacher. Graduates of the Childhood program at Fredonia become certified in New York State to teach children in grades 1-6. Fredonia’s cutting-edge approach of developing high quality programs is enhanced by rich clinical experience, and is supported by a long history of alumni now in successful teaching careers across the country.

The Fredonia Difference

Fredonia is the gold standard of teacher education, being the first institution in New York to meet all five of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standards and one of the first institutions in the nation to be fully accredited through CAEP, the single specialized accreditor for educator preparation in the United States. As a future teacher, you will be in the field - in a real classroom - as soon as your first semester. The program emphasizes appropriate development as you go along, making your educational experience exciting but not overwhelming.


Career Opportunities

  • Early childhood educator with concentration of your choice
  • Elementary educator with concentration of your choice
  • Middle school educator

It's Different Here

Get in a classroom sooner

Classroom-based field experiences in local schools all four years you attend Fredonia.

Earn your master's degree faster!

New 5-year program in Childhood Inclusive Education and Literacy Dual Certification. Earn a Bachelor and Master's Degree!

Generations of teachers

Fredonia graduates are hired across the nation in public school elementary grades, private elementary schools, and charter schools.

Why Childhood Education at Fredonia?

A fredonia student teaches students in a local classroom

Real teaching experience

As early as your first semester, you gain real-world classroom experience. You will plan and teach lessons, gather pupil data, and reflect on - and respond to - the outcomes.

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New York City opportunity

You can experience New York City at Fredonia prices. You receive a scholarship to live in Manhattan while student teaching.

a fredonia student teaches children in a local classroom

Well-established programs

Helen L. Johnson Fredonia Hamburg Internship Program has been preparing students for over 45 years by giving them a pipeline to a local school district for student teaching and careers.

Sample Courses

EDU 225 Child Development

Orderly sequence of childhood growth and development. Principles of physical, intellectual and personality changes emphasized, along with procedures for evaluating relevant research.

EDU 305 Cultural & Linguistic Diversity of Students and Families

An introduction to basic concepts, theories, and issues involving multicultural education, cultural diversity, and the educational system. Emphasis is on the development of a sound theoretical framework from which practical application to classroom situations will evolve. Candidates will teach, interact with, and/or observe children and youth from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and employ a variety of teaching strategies.

EDU 276 Literacy and Technology in Inclusive Educational Settings

Overview of the processes involved in literacy acquisition and the instructional approaches that acknowledge current thinking. Relationship of reading and writing, and aspects of writing development and writing process appropriate to each stage of reading development.

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