The Childhood Education program at SUNY Sullivan prepares future educators to understand teaching as a profession requiring continuous inquiry and self-reflection in order to respond constructively to the educational and related needs of their students.
Program offerings are continually evaluated and revised according to requirements at four-year institutions and the teacher-certification requirements in New York State in order to facilitate seamless student transfer to baccalaureate programs. Faculty in this program emphasize the importance of general education and are committed to excellence in teaching, as well as to the curricular and career advisement of students.
In accordance with the SUNY Teacher Education Transfer Template, this program is organized around three coordinated sets of courses:
- General education courses, to provide students with a deep, rich liberal educational foundation in the arts and sciences;
- Major course concentrations, designed to prepare students to teach within the New York State Common Core Curriculum and also to help students become strong advocates for that discipline’s subject matter in their teaching career;
- and an integrated core of pedagogical courses intended to provide students with a set of individualized experiences through field observation and hands-on cooperative learning, enabling them to develop effective understandings in each instructional area.