2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Childhood/Early Childhood Education Department

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Education Building, Room 1241
(607) 753-2706




Andrea Lachance (Chair), Cynthia Benton, Heather Bridge, Susana Davidenko, Virginia Dudgeon, Karen Hempson, Elizabeth Klein, Emilie Kudela, Tony Byungho Lee, Thomas Lickona, Lin Lin, Joy Mosher, Ellen Newman, 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 here 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, 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.

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.

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.

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 and 400 level.

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.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, they must reapply when eligibility is achieved.

Advisement Manual

Advisement manuals for education majors are available online at www.cortland.edu/cec/index/html. Students must follow the manual in place at the time of their matriculation. Students should study the manual carefully since it supplements the information provided in this catalog.

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