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Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Early Childhood/Childhood Education at Fredonia

You can change the world by influencing young minds as an elementary school teacher. The Early Childhood/Childhood Education program prepares teacher candidates for dual certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6). Fredonia’s cutting-edge approach of developing high quality programs enhanced by rich clinical experience 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

It's Different Here


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Returning and graduating students can receive scholarships through almost two dozen education endowments.



The "United Kingdom Student Exchange Program,” now in its 25th year, offers you the opportunity to visit and study in the U.K.

Extensive classroom 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.

Why Early and Childhood Education at Fredonia?

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Fully Accredited

The first university in New York State to be fully accredited all five standard by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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Helen L. Johnson Fredonia Hamburg Internship Program

A program in place for over 45 years gives students a pipeline to a local school district for student teaching and careers.

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NYC Student teaching session

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

Sample Courses

EDU 315 Early Childhood Curriculum Development

A methods class designed to help candidates further their knowledge and skills to plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning activities for young children (birth - age 8). Emphasis on integrated curriculum planning to meet developmental needs of young learners.

MUED 315 Music, Play, and Self

A course primarily for students with little or no previous musical knowledge or skill. Examines the relationships among music, play and self, especially with regard to children. Emphasizes activity, creativity and personal expression.

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.

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