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Major in Childhood Education

Engage with Children in Grades 1–6 Starting your First Year Here

Field Experience Puts You in the Classroom

  • Our teacher candidates have over 300 hours of field experience prior to student teaching.
  • Through close relationships with faculty and peers, you'll get exposure to excellent teaching—in the college classroom and in elementary schools.
  • Link educational theories with educational practice through extensive hands-on elementary school field experience.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Childhood Education (115–123 credits)

Learn Effective Teaching in our Collaborative Approach

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

The childhood education program has spiraling themes (e.g., multicultural competencies, educational technology, contextualized experiences/learning, modeling, assessment, special education, etc.) that build on knowledge and skills gained throughout the program.

The degree has different parts:
  • General education courses required for all students (minimum of 33–34).
  • Childhood education courses and extensive field experience (50 credits).
  • 30 to 38 credits in the generalist concentration with a min of 30 credits. Also 10 credits of cognates.

Program Requirements


Our undergraduate program will fulfill degree requirements for certification in childhood education (Grades 1–6) from the New York State Education Department. Learn more about certification requirements including required test.


Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to learn more about the undergraduate program in childhood education 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]

Jean Mockry, CAS, MSED
Lecturer, Teacher Education Unit
Program Leader, BSED, Undergraduate Program

Office: Sibley Hall 418B
Phone: (518) 564-5137
Email: [email protected]