Childhood Education is a field rich in opportunity, full of possibility, and vitally important to our children, families, economy, and global society.
Teachers establish positive learning environments, prepare class materials, decide on teaching methods, evaluate success of methods assessing student learning, develop and revise curriculum, work with parents and community to meet the needs of their students, and engage in professional development.
Program Goals and Objectives
- Teaching at the elementary school level offers qualified candidates the opportunity to introduce the exciting world of learning to young children.
- Teaching involves both instructional and non-instructional types of activities before, during and after school hours.
Silvana Bonura ’18
“I began my college career at Niagara County Community College (NCCC) as a non-matriculated student. My intent was to always be an Education major. So, I was thrilled that there was a two-year degree program and that it was jointly registered with SUNY Buffalo State, which is where I wanted to transfer. The smaller class sizes, personal touch with the faculty, and the rigorous courses within the program led me to choose NCCC. Honestly, NCCC just feels like home! Any student that wishes to enter the Education program will gain great knowledge and firsthand insight as to what it really means to be in an elementary school classroom. The field placement will certainly help you decide if Childhood Education is truly your calling. I graduated from NCCC in May 2018 and transferred to SUNY Buffalo State where I graduated with my B.S. in Early Childhood and Childhood Education in May of 2020. I was accepted into SUNY Buffalo State’s Master’s program for fall 2020 in Curriculum & Instruction.”