Elmira College’s Childhood Education certification program is designed for candidates who wish to teach diverse learners in grades 1-6 elementary school classrooms. Candidates enrolled in the program complete an approved academic content major or concentration and fulfill all required Teacher Education (pedagogical core) course requirements. During a freshman-level (first-year) Fieldwork course, candidates work with diverse learners (including students with disabilities) in area high-need schools. Also, candidates complete two Student Teaching experiences where they develop and deliver compelling lessons, assess students’ academic performance, reflect on their teaching decisions, and seek opportunities for professional development and growth.
Upon completion of program requirements and New York State teacher certification exams, candidates are eligible for institutional recommendation for New York State initial teaching certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6. They also have the option to pursue dual initial certification in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 and Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6.