Childhood Education BS

For more than 150 years, Oswego has led the way in education, continuing today in our childhood education program that leads to certification to teach children in grades 1 through 6.


Developing teachers of young learners requires a program that combines a strong knowledge of the discipline and theory-based courses. Sustained field placements in diverse settings provide authentic learning opportunities throughout the program.

Concentrations for the childhood education certification include arts, English, modern languages (French, German, or Spanish), mathematics, science-biology, science-chemistry, science-earth science, science-physics, social studies or gender and women’s studies.

Seek your teaching field placement in regional schools throughout Central New York — or urban centers that include Syracuse, Rochester and New York City. Take advantage of study abroad opportunities, with education coursework offered in the Czech Republic, Paris and Benin (West Africa) — or New Zealand and Australia. Our Clinical Practice and Partnerships Office can connect you with opportunities to learn in and lead classrooms in a diverse offering of locations.

A Revitalized School of Education

Recently, SUNY Oswego has brought all six departments of the School of Education into a rejuvenated 21st century home complete with cutting-edge facility designs and equipment for teachers of the future.


SUNY Oswego is dedicated to preparing knowledgeable teachers with strong commitments to equity and diversity, critical thinking, social responsibility and critical reflection. They will also learn:

  • Effective communication with people, verbal and written
  • Program planning, organization and record-keeping
  • Working under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Motivational skills
  • Creativity

Career Opportunities

  • Teacher
  • Administrator
  • Counselor

I chose SUNY Oswego because I heard so many good things about their education program. I wanted to go to a school where I could take what I learned in the classroom and actually apply it to my everyday life.

Student teaching gave me the opportunity to get hands-on and practical experience, and showed me that education is a good career path for me.

My department has over a dozen faculty members that are willing to work with you long after you have taken their courses. I have learned the importance of reaching out to your professors and making connections with them, and have developed a strong work ethic.

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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Field Placements

Are an integral part of our teacher education programs. It is a time for candidates to participate in a breadth and depth of hands-on school and community-based experiences.

Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation

AAQEP Accredited

This program has earned national accreditation by demonstrating excellence in the areas of content and pedagogy, clinical experiences, selectivity, program impact, and capacity for continuous improvement.

Study Abroad

Take classes and participate in internships while immersing yourself in all that region has to offer.

Focus Forward Program

Through the Focus Forward Program undergraduate students are trained to mentor students in local school districts and can earn course credit while impacting their community and gaining valuable professional skills for your future career.

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