2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 13, 2024  
2022-23 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department

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Kim Wieczorek, chair
Education Building, Room 1241
Fax: 607-753-5967
Email: department secretary 

School of Education

Early Childhood Education


Krystal Barber, Margaret Gichuru, Jacob Hall, John Jones, Beth Klein, Lin Lin, Kathleen McCormick, Renee Potter, Jeffrey Radloff, Patricia Roiger, Kimberly Rombach, Shufang Strause, Christine Uliassi, Chris Widdall, Kim Wieczorek

Adjunct Faculty

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


Bachelor of Science in Inclusive Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood generalist, Birth-2nd grade, Early Childhood Teaching Students with Disabilities, Birth-2nd grade)
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Early Childhood generalist, Birth-2nd grade, Childhood generalist, 1st-6th grade)


English Language Arts and Writing (ELW)
Environmental Studies (EST)
Humanities (HUM)
Mathematics (MAT)
Social Sciences (SOS)
Urban Studies (UST)

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 Early Childhood and Childhood Education 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 all three schools: School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, and School of Professional Studies.

Special Features

  • Student Teaching Centers in urban, rural 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

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 early childhood and childhood program and in the inclusive early childhood program are only open to matriculated majors.

Students who begin as freshmen at Cortland may apply after completing at least 30 credit hours and earning a minimum 2.8 grade point average at Cortland. Transfer students enrolled in other majors at SUNY Cortland may apply after completing a minimum of one full-time semester and earning a minimum 2.8 grade point average at Cortland.

All students applying to the major 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 majors, students must maintain a minimum 2.8 grade point average. Failure to maintain the minimum 2.8 grade point average after entering any of the Childhood/Early Childhood department programs will result in being placed in a probationary status within the major. A student who falls below the 2.8 minimum grade point average for a second consecutive semester will be subject to dismissal from the 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 the program. Students will only be allowed to retake a pedagogy course, including student teaching, once.

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: English language arts and writing (ELAW) environmental studies (EST), humanities (HUM), mathematics (MAT) social sciences (SOS) and urban studies (UST). Concentrations are 30-31 credit hours with a minimum of 12 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 department 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 and Reporting (CARR), Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) workshops and have no grade lower than a C in required pedagogy courses. Students must be eligible at the time of application. If ineligible for student teaching, candidates must reapply when eligibility is achieved. Once students have been deemed ineligible for student teaching, they will have only one semester within which to meet eligibility requirements. If a student is not eligible within one year of the original date of application to student teaching, he or she will be subject to dismissal from the program. 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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