Childhood Education Academic Advising

The Childhood Education Academic Advising Office serves undergraduate students in the early childhood/childhood education B-6 program.   

Students are encouraged to meet with the Childhood Education adviser by the end of their freshman year, or as soon as they know they want to enter the program, as it is highly structured and sequenced.  Entrance requirements include a 3.0 or better GPA, independent fieldwork, and a writing sample.  All early childhood/childhood education B-6 students also have an academic concentration, or major.  Faculty from the academic major department advise students on coursework in that discipline.

The Childhood Education Academic Advising Office maintains advising records which include transfer credit evaluation, independent fieldwork documentation, and fingerprint clearance. The office is also a resource for fieldwork information, certification workshops and exams, and childhood education program planning.


Entrance requirements

On-site writing sample

Independent Pre-program Fieldwork Form

Fingerprint Clearance


Academic Concentrations (majors)

Suggested Courses for First-Year Students

8-semester plans

Transferring credits to New Paltz



Curriculum plan of study (education courses/prerequisites and policies)

Study Abroad

Child Abuse, SAVE & DASA workshops


Advising Worksheet (complete and bring to advising appointments)



NYS certification exams for B-6 candidates (summary)

NYS certification exam registration

edTPA (See the Blackboard edTPA Candidates community)

Student teaching (Also see the Blackboard Student Teachers community)

SUTEC (SUNY Urban Teacher Education Center)



Academic Advising Center

Career Resource Center

Graduate School at New Paltz



Joanna Schroer, M.A.
Academic Adviser, Early Childhood/Childhood Education B-6 Program

Old Main Building, Room B122 (lower level, near Studley Theatre)
800 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY  12561
FAX: 845-257-3575


Guidance on your Journey from Student to Teacher

Children are your passion, and you want to make a difference in their lives!  Our undergraduate program in Early Childhood/ Childhood Education will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you need.


Features of the Early Childhood/ Childhood Education B-6 program:

  • Leads to dual NYS certification in Early Childhood (birth-2nd grade), and Childhood Education (1st-6th grades)

  • Freshmen begin with EDI293 Education Seminar, which includes visits to local schools

  • Students complete 8-10 courses in a liberal arts concentration (major)

  • Students are assessed at three "checkpoints" for their readiness to continue in the program

  • Three semesters of supervised fieldwork, paired with education methods courses, lead to the student teaching semester

  • Students are responsible for transportation to fieldwork and student teaching, as well as for certification expenses (exams, workshops, fingerprint clearance)



As you plan your course of study, navigate academic challenges, and transition from "student" to "teacher candidate," you will be supported by your School of Education professors and advisor.


Your education advisor can help you:

  • Understand entrance requirements, and decide whether the major is right for you

  • Choose an academic concentration
  • Look into minors and study abroad

  • Evaluate education transfer credits

  • Map a plan to graduation

  • Fix any education-related problems with your progress report

  • Figure out how to improve your academic performance

  • Clarify college policies and state certification requirements

  • Explore solutions to academic-related difficulties

  • Discuss graduate school and job options