Welcome to the Department of
Elementary Education and Reading

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Dr. Gwen Frank


We have a long and distinguished history in teacher education and we take great pride in continuing to promote excellence in classroom teaching. All of the programs within the Division of Education are nationally recognized and are served by faculty committed to professional excellence in teaching and research.


Currently, the Department offers two teacher education programs:

Childhood Education (Grade 1 through Grade 6);
Early Childhood/Childhood Education Dual Certificate (Birth through Grade 6)

The curriculum in each program consists of coursework in three areas: general education, a liberal arts concentration, and professional education. Within the general education component, candidates take courses in a variety of disciplines to build academic and professional excellence. The Department has carefully designated courses in Mathematics, Science, Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, Humanities, Arts, and Basic Communication that closely align with the New York State Common Core and Learning Standards and will prepare candidates to pass the New York State Teacher Certification exams. Through additional coursework in one of thirteen designated concentrations tied to the New York State Common Core and Learning Standards, candidates gain an understanding of the structure and the critical thinking skills required in a discipline.

It is within the professional education courses that candidates expand their knowledge to include pedagogical content knowledge, i.e., knowledge that enables teachers to help students learn various content areas. Courses in education and educational psychology provide candidates with the knowledge, comprehension and application of effective teaching skills and strategies, based on current theory and research. Beginning with the first education course, EDUC 106 Issues, Philosophy, and Foundations in Education, which may be taken as a freshman or a first-semester transfer student, candidates are introduced to the teaching profession. In EDUC 106 students begin to investigate teaching effectiveness. Through a variety of early field experiences (over 100 hours prior to student teaching), candidates explore the educational implications of working with a diverse student body. They observe, develop, and practice best teaching strategies.

Despite the large number of majors in our Department, education class sizes generally range from 20 to 30, and allow for plenty of classroom interaction, individual attention, and support from faculty. A particular strength of the program is that during the second semester of the junior year in the Early Childhood/Childhood Education program and the first semester of the senior year in the Childhood Education program, candidates enroll as cohort groups of 20 to 25 in a block of five methods courses. The purpose of these block semesters is to promote a collegial and supportive environment as candidates develop and practice their teaching strategies. The methods semesters culminate in a three-week full-time participation experience in local classrooms where candidates serve as teaching assistants. The final semester consists of two student teaching placements, which may be done in various districts throughout New York State.

The Department prides itself in its clinically rich experiences. Course professors have worked hard to develop trusting partnerships with elementary schools in the region. As a result, our students run afterschool programs in local schools and work to support instruction in classrooms during the school day. We also offer a one-year residency program at a local school that combines the childhood block semester with student teaching.

For those graduates ready to move on to graduate school, our Department offers graduate programs in Literacy Education Birth through Grade 6, and  Grade 5 through Grade 12 (both full or part-time hybrid programs offered partially online and partially on campus evenings). As of Summer 2016, these programs will be offered as completely online courses.

If you are ready to make a contribution to the field of education, we hope that you will take some time to review our programs and decide to join us in our mission to promote excellence in teaching and the meaningful learning of all students.

We look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Undergraduate Programs

Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Early Childhood/Childhood Education Dual Certificate (Birth-Grade 6)

Non-Course Requirements:
                   CHED 1-6
                   ECCE B-6

Graduate Programs

M.S. in Ed- Literacy Education~ Birth-Grade 6
M.S. in Ed- Literacy Education~ Grade 5-12
Educational Technology Specialist
Special Education: Early Childhood Education
Special Education: Childhood Education
Admission Requirements

Elementary Education & Reading
374 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-3176
Fax 607-436-3664
Jean Yaro, Secretary

Secondary Education
374 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-3075
Fax 607-436-3664
Suzanne Brown, Secretary

Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education
374 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-3554
Fax 607-436-3664
Suzanne Brown, Secretary

Office of Education Advisement and Field Experiences
273 Fitzelle Hall
Phone 607-436-2538
Fax 607-436-3799
Jennifer Mancke, Secretary