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Childhood Education Programs at SUNY Plattsburgh

Start Teaching in Your First Semester

Going into elementary schools and learning in context is an important part of our program. Freshmen in the undergraduate childhood education major take education classes every semester with required field placements in every class.

Learn Effective Teaching with Our Collaborative Approach

Our updated course content is designed by teams of faculty, including professors from childhood education, special education, and literacy education, working collaboratively to develop course syllabi and to team-teach.

The childhood education program has spiraling themes (e.g., multicultural competencies, technology, contextualized experiences/learning, modeling, assessment, etc) that build on the knowledge and skills you gain throughout the four-year curriculum.

Through close relationships with faculty and peers, and excellent teaching — in the classroom and in elementary schools — our undergraduate program will fulfill degree requirements for certification in childhood education (Grades 1-6) from the New York State Education Department.

Programs of Study

Graduate Opportunities

Master of Science for Teachers (M.S.T.)

A Master of Science for Teachers in Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) is available for students who already possess an undergraduate degree in a field other than education.

Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.)

Teachers who have initial certification in childhood education have several M.S. Ed. graduate programs as options to fulfill degree requirements for professional certification:

  • Select the teaching and learning program if you want to further your study of education theory and pedagogy that is integrated with content enrichment from arts and science.
  • Choose literacy education if you want to increase your ability to help students with reading, writing, and communicating visually. You also will be eligible for a second certification.
  • If you want a master’s degree in special education, additional coursework will be necessary before entering the program; the equivalent of a major (not just a concentration area) in a content area is required by The New York State Education Department.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to learn more about undergraduate programs in childhood education (B.S.Ed.) at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Yong Yu, Ed.D.
Associate Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, B.S.Ed. Undergraduate Programs

Office: Sibley Hall 311
Phone: (518) 564-2239
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Email: [email protected]

Sarah Hackett, M.S.Ed., M.A.
Program Leader, M.S.T. Graduate Programs
Office: Sibley Hall 220
Phone: (518) 564-2168
Email: [email protected]