Graduate Education Literacy student, Kim Lotocki, works with children at Dunkirk School No. 3.

Initial Teacher Preparation Programs: Childhood Education

Childhood Education

Overview and Description of the Program
The Childhood program at the State University of New York at Fredonia prepares graduates to instruct children in grades 1-6. Graduates become certified in New York State to teach children in grades 1-6. 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. Candidates spend a minimum of four hours per week for approximately eight weeks in a classroom working as instructional assistants. Each of these field experiences are 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. Several sections are taught on-site at a local school where candidates also perform their field experience.

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.

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