2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 16, 2022  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department

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Education Building, Room 1241
(607) 753-2706
Fax: (607) 753-5967




Andrea Lachance (Chair), Cynthia Benton, Susana Davidenko, Virginia Dudgeon, Karen Hempson, Elizabeth Klein, Emilie Kudela, Thomas Lickona, Lin Lin, Joy Mosher, Renee Potter, Patricia Roiger, Kimberly Rombach, Katina Sayers-Walker, Judith Schillo, Shufang Shi, Susan Stratton, Gail Tooker, Orvil White, Chris Widdall

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration  section.

Programs Offered

Bachelor of Science in Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Childhood Education

Majors Offered

Childhood Education (1-6)
Early Childhood Education (Birth-2)
Early Childhood/Childhood Education (Birth-6)


Environmental Studies (EST)
Humanities (HUM)
Social Sciences (SOS)

Second Major in an Arts and Sciences discipline

Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, Geography, Geology, History, Mathematics, Musical Theatre, Physics, Political Science and Spanish


A major in Childhood and/or Early Childhood certification programs offers a foundation for building an enriching life as an educator and can also be applied toward careers in the education field and in areas as diverse as law, industrial training or social work.

Professional education courses are offered by the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department. Courses in the student’s concentration or second major are offered by the appropriate departments in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Special Features

  • Student Teaching Centers in urban and suburban settings
  • Study abroad
  • Student teaching at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
  • Rural and urban partnership programs
  • National Honor Societies in Education: Phi Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi
  • Cortland’s Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) Scholarship
  • Outdoor Education Center at Raquette Lake
  • College and community projects


  1. Degree requirements listed in this catalog  apply to all education majors.
  2. Liberal Arts Requirements: 66 credit hours
  3. Foreign Language: All students must have proficiency in a foreign language. B.S. students complete one year of a foreign language at the college level, six credit hours, or its equivalent — through the 102 level.

Enrollment in the Majors

Enrollment in the Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department majors is limited, and admission to any of the programs is competitive. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to an education major or program. Courses in the childhood and early childhood program are only open to matriculated majors.

Students who begin as freshmen at Cortland may apply to the childhood/early childhood majors after completing at least 30 credit hours and earning a minimum 2.5 grade point average at Cortland. Transfer students enrolled in other majors at SUNY Cortland may apply to the childhood/early childhood majors after completing a minimum of one full-time semester and earning a minimum 2.5 grade point average at Cortland. Students who wish to change majors within the department (for example from Early Childhood (EDE) to Childhood (EDC)), must apply for a change of major before enrolling in the Block II course, EDU/ECE 479.

All students applying to these majors will be subject to judicial screening and must demonstrate appropriate professional dispositions. Application is made during the College-wide change of major period. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply until they have earned 56.5 credit hours. Candidates who have completed 56.5 credit hours and have not been accepted into the certification program must declare an alternate major.

Progressing through the Majors

In order to continue to move through the childhood and early childhood education programs, students must maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average (GPA) and have earned an overall minimum GPA of 2.8 by the time they enter their final preparation courses, known as Block II (EDU 479 or ECE 479).  Students who do not achieve the minimum 2.8 minimum GPA prior to Block II will not be allowed to progress into these courses until a minimum 2.8 GPA is achieved.

Failure to maintain the minimum 2.5 GPA after entering any of the childhood or early childhood programs will result in being placed in a probationary status within the major. A student who falls below the 2.5 minimum GPA for a second consecutive semester will be subject to dismissal from their program. Applications to re-enter the major will be reviewed along with all other potential internal change of major applicants at the conclusion of each semester.

Students must achieve a grade of C- or higher in all pedagogical course work to be eligible for student teaching. Students who receive a grade lower than C- in any pedagogical course work will be placed on probationary status within the major. If students are unable to earn a C- or better in the retaking of the given pedagogical course, they will be subject to dismissal from their program.

Concentration in the Liberal Arts 

The concentration provides depth of study in a field that will support at least one of the New York State Learning Standards (State Education Department). Approved concentrations include: environmental studies (EST), humanities (HUM), and social sciences (SOS). Concentrations are 30-31 credit hours with a minimum of 18 credit hours at the 300 level or above. Students must complete half of the concentration in residency at Cortland and must earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average in the concentration to earn a Cortland bachelor’s degree.

Second Major in an Arts and Sciences Discipline

An alternative to the 30-hour concentration is a second major in an arts and sciences discipline. All requirements for the childhood or early childhood majors (General Education and professional preparation courses) must be met in addition to the 36-60+ credit hours in the arts and sciences major. The following majors are acceptable as appropriate subject areas related to the elementary curriculum: art history, biology, chemistry, economics, English, French, geography, geology, history, mathematics, musical theatre, physics, political science and Spanish.

Eligibility for Student Teaching

To be eligible for student teaching, students must have an overall Cortland grade point average of 2.8. at the time of application for student teaching, which occurs one semester prior to student teaching. Additionally, students must be in good academic standing, have no incompletes, complete all prerequisite education courses, complete the Child Abuse Recognition (CAR) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshops and have no grade lower than a C- in required education courses. Students must be eligible at the time of application. If ineligible for student teaching, candidates must reapply when eligibility is achieved. Applications for student teaching are accepted only during the fall and spring semesters at the established deadline, which generally is the end of the fourth week of each semester.

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