Early Childhood student teacher works with students at the 3PK school in Dunkirk.

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education at Fredonia

You can change the world by influencing young minds as an elementary school teacher. The Early Childhood Education program prepares teacher candidates for certification in Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 2). 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 center teacher
  • Early childhood center director
  • Public and private elementary teacher
  • School building and district administrator
  • Researcher at a toy manufacturer
  • Child related business owner

It's Different Here

Convenient placements

Field placements are in nearby schools or right on campus in our professionally-run childcare center, which hosts up to 180 children every week.

Well-established programs

The Helen L. Johnson Fredonia Hamburg Internship Program has, over 45 years, given teacher candidates a pipeline to a local school district for student teaching and careers.


In scholarships

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

Why Early 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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NYC Student teaching session

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

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Experience London

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

Sample Courses

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 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 214 Introduction to Children's Literature

Designed to assist students in becoming widely acquainted with the great wealth of trade (library) books and media available for today's children, preschool through middle school

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