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Early childhood and childhood education (B-6)

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Saint Rose Is the Premier Place for Students Who Dream of Being Teachers

You’ve dreamed of teaching children your whole life, or maybe you have recently found your calling. Either way, you’re in good hands. 

Unlike other institutions, education at Saint Rose isn’t just a major. The Thelma P. Lally School of Education is an entire school with dedicated resources, facilities, and faculty producing teachers who are consistently sought after by school districts. And with more than 28,000 alumni who have been trained as teachers, mentorship and hands-on learning opportunities in schools are part of the student experience starting in the first year on campus.

Our professors are steeped in teaching experience and have a reputation for developing well-rounded and compassionate educators ready to work in the diverse, ever-changing classrooms of the 21st century. So, if you’re going to put one college’s name on your resume, it should be Saint Rose.

Our early childhood and childhood education (B-6) program prepares you to work with children from birth through grade 2 and grades 1 through 6. As early as your first and second years, you’ll receive hundreds of hours of course-embedded fieldwork — observing teachers and students in real-time. By your senior year, you will participate in an intensive student-teaching experience, preparing you to lead your own classroom.

Along the way, you will receive key foundational knowledge, extensive faculty mentorship, and support from our cooperating teachers in local schools. 

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Program Highlights

  • First-year and sophomore students accumulate hundreds of hours of fieldwork experience, learning foundational knowledge of the teaching profession while they visit schools, and apply what they learn to their coursework.
  • Junior and senior year methods classes prepare students to teach math, science, technology, English language arts, social studies, and the arts in early childhood and elementary settings. Students develop and teach interdisciplinary lessons in local schools while supervised by their professors.
  • Senior year, students will participate in a seminar before student teaching, so that they will be exceptionally prepared for their 14-week experience.
  • At the end of their studies, students are qualified to earn two New York State teaching certifications: birth-grade 2 and grades 1-6.
  • Students have the option to add a grade 7-9 extension in social studies or English.
  • Students can join the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society for educators and receive mentorship and networking experience.
  • Our curriculum library gives students access to books, manipulatives, and other classroom materials, so they don’t have to buy them.
  • All students work with a full-time academic advisor for comprehensive program planning and scheduling to help students stay on track academically.
  • Students can participate in STEM@Pine HIls — a program that allows students to collaborate with teachers at area schools to design STEM projects and implement them. It is not a requirement, but another way for students to gain experience in the field.

Curriculum and Placements

The education sequence for early childhood and childhood education develops education professionals who are reflective practitioners able to link content, theory, and practice, and create effective learning environments for students with a full range of abilities and experiential backgrounds.

The program has three components: an education sequence, the liberal education requirements, and an academic concentration in an area of liberal arts or science.

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  • Year 1+2: Students learn the fundamentals plus start to receive some fieldwork experience, observing teachers and students in the classroom.
  • Year 3 and first semester of year 4: Students work with classroom teachers to develop and implement hands-on, standard-based lessons and assessments.
  • Year 4, last semester: Culminates with a 14-week student-teaching experience in the spring semester at a school in the Capital Region.

Candidates in professional education programs at The College of Saint Rose will:

  • Apply principles and theories of lifespan human development and learning in all of its diversity to education, service learning and clinical practice, and demonstrate a capacity and disposition to continuously update that knowledge and, therefore, practice according to the best emerging research in the field.
  • Plan and implement practice that is rigorous, comprehensive, inclusive, creative and motivating, inviting students’ analytical skills and promoting their dispositions to be lifelong learners.
  • Acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions of disciplines relevant to candidates’ projected educational or clinical roles.
  • Ensure that evaluation and decision-making are data-driven, multi-faceted, collaborative and recursive, and align instructional/clinical goals, practice, assessments, and standards.
  • Develop and demonstrate personal and professional values that foster the highest ethical standards of the profession; intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness; understanding and responsiveness to multiple social and global perspectives; and collegiality and collaboration among partners in the educational or clinical process that involve children, families, community members, and other professionals.
  • Promote optimal learning opportunities and environments for all individuals in the context of their experiential, cultural, and/or racial/ethnic backgrounds, including, but not limited to learners who are speakers of non-English languages, or who are gifted, have disabilities, are educationally challenged or who have different interests, ambitions or sexual orientations.
  • Demonstrate in their practice that oral and written language is a functional, as well as social and artistic tool, for communication and thought, and as such reflect the multiple literacies of local, national and global cultures.
  • Integrate a variety of technological methods and programs to enhance pupil learning and practitioner effectiveness, facilitate candidates’ acquisition of technological skills, and their dispositions to use them.

I have wanted to teach since I was 11 years old and ALWAYS heard from adults around me that ‘Saint Rose is an incredible college for teaching.’ It seldom happens in life that one's expectations are met with complete and full accuracy. The level of preparation that I can confidently say I received in my 2 1/2 years at Saint Rose has to be some of the best in the country. Saint Rose allowed me to take my dream and run with it. It allowed my confidence as an educator to blossom.

I appreciate beyond what an email can convey all of the faculty who pushed me to become the educator I see myself as today. If I had to pass on one piece of advice to those first-semester students it would be this: Stick with it and believe in what your professors are telling you; if you trust the process and put in the effort, then you will undoubtedly be transformed into the educator you always hoped to be.”

Luke Riccio G'20

K-5 language teacher, Eugene, Oregon

Meet our Teaching and Special Education Faculty

Our faculty are great scholars, but your success is their top priority. That’s why Saint Rose has been named a top 25 college for professors who excel at teaching undergraduates by U.S. News & World Report for the second year.
Dana Abbott Associate Professor of Special Education

I have taught special education or literacy at Saint Rose since 2010. My previous experience includes teaching at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Post University, University at Albany, and Hudson Valley Community College; I also taught kindergarten and preschool students in Troy, New York. Mt teaching interests include developmental assessment, students with disabilities, and positive behavior supports; I have published or presented on emotional behavioral disorders, and teacher certification and assessment.

Patricia Baldwin Assistant Professor of Teacher Education

I taught elementary students in the Newburgh City School District for eight years before working in higher education and, today, I teach in the childhood education and inclusive early childhood education programs at Saint Rose with my research focusing on those areas and the field experiences of our teacher candidates. I believe that each Saint Rose student brings unique gifts, and that our programs should help prepare them to share those gifts with young children to create quality educational programs in their own classrooms.

Susan V. DeLuke Associate Professor of Special Education

I am the director of social intervention programs at Saint Rose and consult with school districts across New York State on students with disabilities. I have worked as a school administrator and special education teacher. My teaching interests include behavior supports, assessment, and intervention; emotional, behavior, and mental health concerns for children and youth; and autism spectrum disorders. My research interests include autism spectrum disorder, merging special- and general-education programs, and families advocating for their children with disabilities.

Kristi Fragnoli Professor of Teacher Education

I have over 10 years of public school teaching experience and understand that it’s important to keep up-to-date on the latest in social studies education. I am a consultant for the New York State Archives and an editorial consultant for its magazine, a member of the New York State Education Department Content Advisory Board for Social Studies, and am chair of the New York State Council for History Education. In 2020, I was awarded the New York State Council for Social Studies, Dr. Benita Jorkasky Outstanding College Educator Award. Additionally, I have taught as an assistant professor at the State University at Cortland and was an adjunct at Syracuse University while finishing my doctorate degree at Binghamton University.

Dana AbbottAssociate Professor of Special Education

I have taught special education or literacy at Saint Rose since 2010. My previous experience includes teaching at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Post University, University at Albany, and Hudson Valley Community College; I also taught kindergarten and preschool students in Troy, New York. Mt teaching interests include developmental assessment, students with disabilities, and positive behavior supports; I have published or presented on emotional behavioral disorders, and teacher certification and assessment.

Patricia BaldwinAssistant Professor of Teacher Education

I taught elementary students in the Newburgh City School District for eight years before working in higher education and, today, I teach in the childhood education and inclusive early childhood education programs at Saint Rose with my research focusing on those areas and the field experiences of our teacher candidates. I believe that each Saint Rose student brings unique gifts, and that our programs should help prepare them to share those gifts with young children to create quality educational programs in their own classrooms.

Susan V. DeLukeAssociate Professor of Special Education

I am the director of social intervention programs at Saint Rose and consult with school districts across New York State on students with disabilities. I have worked as a school administrator and special education teacher. My teaching interests include behavior supports, assessment, and intervention; emotional, behavior, and mental health concerns for children and youth; and autism spectrum disorders. My research interests include autism spectrum disorder, merging special- and general-education programs, and families advocating for their children with disabilities.

Kristi FragnoliProfessor of Teacher Education

I have over 10 years of public school teaching experience and understand that it’s important to keep up-to-date on the latest in social studies education. I am a consultant for the New York State Archives and an editorial consultant for its magazine, a member of the New York State Education Department Content Advisory Board for Social Studies, and am chair of the New York State Council for History Education. In 2020, I was awarded the New York State Council for Social Studies, Dr. Benita Jorkasky Outstanding College Educator Award. Additionally, I have taught as an assistant professor at the State University at Cortland and was an adjunct at Syracuse University while finishing my doctorate degree at Binghamton University.

Frances Ihle Associate Professor of Special Education

I have taught special education and literacy at Saint Rose since 2011; previous experience includes a doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas, and being a high-school special-education teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I presently work to prepare students with disabilities for post-secondary success through Project ASPIRE and Project THRIVE, two federally funded grants awarded to Saint Rose in 2010 and 2019.

My research projects and activities focus on academic discourse and teaching adolescents how spoken and written language patterns differ, and executive function coaching to help college students tutor their peers in self-regulation strategies such as planning, organization, and time management.

James Kahler Adjunct Faculty and Student-teacher Supervisor

I have been affiliated with Saint Rose since 2006 as a student-teacher supervisor and adjunct professor. I have taught classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both the early childhood and childhood departments. I was an elementary school teacher for 33 years, mostly in the primary grades. I have also coached various sports at all levels from modified to varsity. I am very interested in the area of reading instruction and social studies. I have also researched and done my master’s paper on ESL studies.

On a personal note, I have been married for 48 years and have two grown children, a son (41) and a daughter (45) and two terrific grandsons ages 7 and 5. In 2017, I was lucky enough to procure a cabin in the Adirondacks by Whiteface Mountain. I like to do outdoor activities, and my recent adventures have been targeted toward completing the hiking of all 46 High Peaks.

Timothy “Julio” McLaughlin Adjunct Faculty

I am a three-time (4 degrees) alumnus from The College of Saint Rose. The faculty and overall experience as a “Rose Bud” have meant more to me than words can capture; it is both an honor and a privilege to keep that tradition going, helping to develop the next generation of educators. Broadly, I’m an educational generalist. I have taught in public schools and at every level from grade 5 to graduate school.

My background in educational psychology and methodology has equipped me to teach courses in learning, development, classroom assessment, diversity, research, and educational foundations. My specific areas of research are on classroom learning, specifically creativity, motivation, theories of learning, formative assessment, and high-ordered thinking.

Christina Pfister Professor of Teacher Education

I’m a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the Lally School of Education at The College of Saint Rose.  My research interests include studying the process of becoming a teacher, including mentoring and the experiences of novice teachers. I teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves as an academic advisor.

Frances IhleAssociate Professor of Special Education

I have taught special education and literacy at Saint Rose since 2011; previous experience includes a doctoral fellowship at the University of Kansas, and being a high-school special-education teacher in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I presently work to prepare students with disabilities for post-secondary success through Project ASPIRE and Project THRIVE, two federally funded grants awarded to Saint Rose in 2010 and 2019.

My research projects and activities focus on academic discourse and teaching adolescents how spoken and written language patterns differ, and executive function coaching to help college students tutor their peers in self-regulation strategies such as planning, organization, and time management.

James KahlerAdjunct Faculty and Student-teacher Supervisor

I have been affiliated with Saint Rose since 2006 as a student-teacher supervisor and adjunct professor. I have taught classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in both the early childhood and childhood departments. I was an elementary school teacher for 33 years, mostly in the primary grades. I have also coached various sports at all levels from modified to varsity. I am very interested in the area of reading instruction and social studies. I have also researched and done my master’s paper on ESL studies.

On a personal note, I have been married for 48 years and have two grown children, a son (41) and a daughter (45) and two terrific grandsons ages 7 and 5. In 2017, I was lucky enough to procure a cabin in the Adirondacks by Whiteface Mountain. I like to do outdoor activities, and my recent adventures have been targeted toward completing the hiking of all 46 High Peaks.

Timothy “Julio” McLaughlinAdjunct Faculty

I am a three-time (4 degrees) alumnus from The College of Saint Rose. The faculty and overall experience as a “Rose Bud” have meant more to me than words can capture; it is both an honor and a privilege to keep that tradition going, helping to develop the next generation of educators. Broadly, I’m an educational generalist. I have taught in public schools and at every level from grade 5 to graduate school.

My background in educational psychology and methodology has equipped me to teach courses in learning, development, classroom assessment, diversity, research, and educational foundations. My specific areas of research are on classroom learning, specifically creativity, motivation, theories of learning, formative assessment, and high-ordered thinking.

Christina PfisterProfessor of Teacher Education

I’m a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the Lally School of Education at The College of Saint Rose.  My research interests include studying the process of becoming a teacher, including mentoring and the experiences of novice teachers. I teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and serves as an academic advisor.

Tammy Schillinger Adjunct Faculty

I have my doctorate in early childhood education, my master’s in elementary education pre-k through 6, and a bachelor’s in psychology. I am certified in elementary education (pre-k through 6) and TESOL pre-k through 12 (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I have been a teacher for the past 20 years in a school in upstate New York. I am currently an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher and an adjunct professor at The College of Saint Rose in the education department. As an ENL teacher, a big part of my focus is teaching foundational skills focused on phonics and phonemic awareness.

As a college professor, I design and teach early childhood education courses and elementary education courses. I also supervise teachers in the field in pre-k and kindergarten classes. I have experience in teaching grades pre-k through 12. My research areas include critical thinking in all subject areas, the collaboration of speech and ENL teachers, and online learning for ELLs.

Julienne Slichko Assistant Professor of Special Education

With many years of experience as a special education teacher in Capital District schools, I have helped develop the teaching practicum and was an instructional developer at University at Albany, where I helped faculty teach effectively using online technology. My teaching interests include exceptionality, inclusion, partnerships with families, and assessment. I have published papers on teaching students with disabilities, the use of technology in teaching individuals on the autism spectrum, and comparison of best practices in school districts.

Tammy SchillingerAdjunct Faculty

I have my doctorate in early childhood education, my master’s in elementary education pre-k through 6, and a bachelor’s in psychology. I am certified in elementary education (pre-k through 6) and TESOL pre-k through 12 (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). I have been a teacher for the past 20 years in a school in upstate New York. I am currently an ENL (English as a New Language) teacher and an adjunct professor at The College of Saint Rose in the education department. As an ENL teacher, a big part of my focus is teaching foundational skills focused on phonics and phonemic awareness.

As a college professor, I design and teach early childhood education courses and elementary education courses. I also supervise teachers in the field in pre-k and kindergarten classes. I have experience in teaching grades pre-k through 12. My research areas include critical thinking in all subject areas, the collaboration of speech and ENL teachers, and online learning for ELLs.

Julienne SlichkoAssistant Professor of Special Education

With many years of experience as a special education teacher in Capital District schools, I have helped develop the teaching practicum and was an instructional developer at University at Albany, where I helped faculty teach effectively using online technology. My teaching interests include exceptionality, inclusion, partnerships with families, and assessment. I have published papers on teaching students with disabilities, the use of technology in teaching individuals on the autism spectrum, and comparison of best practices in school districts.

Career Outlook 

According to NYSUT, New York State will need more than 180,000 teachers in the next decade in both urban and rural districts.

According to Education Week, a Rockefeller Institute of Government report found that teachers in New York State are paid the highest in their field in the United States with the average teacher making $79,588.

  • Albany City 
  • Berne-Knox-Westerlo 
  • Bethlehem 
  • Cohoes 
  • Green Island
  • Guilderland 
  • Menands
  • North Colonie 
  • Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk
  • South Colonie 
  • Voorheesville 
  • Watervliet
  • Chatham 
  • Ichabod Crane 
  • New Lebanon 
  • Taconic Hills
  • Broadalbin-Perth 
  • Johnstown 
  • Cairo-Durham
  • Coxsackie-Athens
  • Windham-Ashland-Jewett 
  • Greater Amsterdam
  • Canajoharie Central
  • Fonda-Fultonville Central
  • Averill Park
  • Berlin Brunswick
  • East Greenbush
  • Hoosic Valley
  • Hoosick Falls
  • Lansingburgh
  • Rensselaer
  • Schodack
  • Troy City
  • Wynantskill
  • Ballston Spa
  • Burnt Hills – Ballston Lake
  • Mechanicville
  • Saratoga Springs
  • Shenendehowa
  • South Glens Falls
  • Stillwater
  • Waterford-Halfmoon
  • Duanesburg
  • Niskayuna
  • Rotterdam-Mohonasen Schalmont
  • Schenectady
  • Scotia-Glenville
  • Schoharie
  • Sharon Springs
  • Gilboa-Conesville
  • Glens Falls
  • Hadley-Luzerne
  • Queensbury
  • Warrensburg
  • Fort Ann
  • Fort Edward
  • Hudson Falls
  • Salem

Where Our Students Work:

Because we’ve graduated more than 28,000 teachers, you can find a Saint Rose alum in countless schools, including:

  • Abram Lansing Elementary, Cohoes, NY
  • Academy of the Holy Names, Albany, NY
  • Albany City School District
  • Albany Leadership Charter High School, Albany, NY
  •  Albany School of Humanities, Albany, NY
  • All Saints Academy, Albany, NY
  • Apalachin Elementary School, Owego, NY
  • Arlington Central School District, LaGrangeville, NY
  • Bear Lake Elementary School, Seminole County, Florida
  • Bellevue Elementary School, Syracuse, NY
  • Benjamin Stoddert Middle, Maryland
  • Berlin High School, Berlin, NY
  • Bethlehem High School, Delmar, NY
  • Birdneck Elementary School, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Blue Jay Academy, Daytona Beach, FL
  • Brighter Choice Charter, Albany, NY
  • Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District
  • Camden Elementary School, Camden, NY
  • Campbell Park, Petersburg, FL
  • Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School, Albany, NY
  • Catskill Middle School, Catskill, NY
  • Chatham High School, Chatham, NY
  • Chee Dodge Elementary, New Mexico
  • Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District
  • Cohoes City School District
  • Cooperstown School District, Cooperstown, NY
  • Coram Elementary School, Long Island, NY
  • Delaware Community School, Albany, NY
  • East Greenbush Elementary, East Greenbush, NY
  • El Colegio Zola Villafranca, Madrid, Spain
  • Emolior Academy, Bronx, NY
  • Field Elementary School, Houston, TX
  • Galaxy Elementary School, Boynton Beach, Florida
  • Giffen Elementary School Albany, NY
  • Gloversville High School, Gloversville, NY
  • Goddard School, Yorktown Heights, NY
  • Grant Middle School, Syracuse, NY
  • Green Magnet Elementary, Raleigh, NC
  • Greenwich Central School District
  • Guilderland Elementary School, Guilderland, NY
  • Hackett Middle School, Albany, NY
  • Harlem Schools, Harlem, NY
  • Harmony Hill Elementary, Cohoes, NY
  • Hawaii
  • Hampton Elementary School, Hampton, Georgia
  • Henry Johnson Charter School, Albany, NY
  • Hickory Grove Elementary, Charlotte, NC
  • Hinsdale Central School, Hinsdale, NY
  • Hoosic Valley Elementary, Schaghticoke, NY
  • Hoosick Falls Junior/Senior High School, Hoosick Falls, NY
  • Hunter Tannersville MS/HS, Tannersville, NY
  • Ichabod Crane, Valatie, NY
  • JD George Elementary, Verona, NY
  • Kindergarten Success Academy, Bronx, NY
  • Kipp Tech Valley, Albany, NY
  • Knickerbocker MS, Lansingburgh, NY
  • Lake Placid Middle School, Lake Placid, NY
  • Latham Ridge Elementary, Colonie, NY
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Lishakill Middle School, Colonie, NY
  • Lowville Academy Central School, Lowville, NY
  • Lynwood Elementary, Guilderland, NY
  • Math and Science III School, Brooklyn, NY
  • Mechanicville Elementary School, Mechanicville, NY
  • Middleburgh Elementary School, Middleburgh, NY
  • Mill Pond School, Westborough, MA
  • Montgomery C Smith Elementary School, Hudson, NY
  • Montross Middle School, Westmoreland, VA
  • (Montville, CT)
  • Moultrie Middle School, Charleston County, South Carolina
  • Niskayuna Central School District
  • Ocotillo Ridge Elementary, Vail, AZ
  • Oneida Middle School, Schenectady, NY
  • OESJ Elementary School, St. Johnsville, NY
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Pawling Middle School, Pawling, New York
  • Peekskill Middle School, Peekskill, NY
  • Phillip J. Schuyler Academy, Albany, NY
  • Pine Hills Elementary Albany CSD
  • P.S./M.S. 4, Bronx, NY
  • P.S. 26, Queens, NY
  • Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk, Ravena, NY
  • Rensselaer Junior/Senior High School, Rensselaer, NY
  • Rock Rest Elementary School, Monroe, NC
  • Rogers Middle School, West Irondequoit, NY
  • Sacandaga Elementary, Scotia, NY
  • Saratoga Academy, Saratoga, NY
  • Schenectady Community Action Partners, Schenectady, NY
  • Sharon Springs Schools, Sharon Springs, NY
  • Shanghai, China
  • Shatekon Elementary, Shenendehowa, NY
  • Shenendahowa High School, Clifton Park, NY
  • Sidney Elementary, Sidney, NY
  • Slingerlands Elementary, Bethlehem, NY
  • Stillwater High School, Stillwater, NY
  • St. Colman’s School, Albany, NY
  • St. Kateri School, Niskayuna, NY
  • St. Kitts
  • St. Pius X Catholic School, Loudonville, NY
  • St. Thomas the Apostle, Delmar, NY
  • Susan Odell Taylor School
  • Teach for America, Wisconsin
  • Thornton Central School, Thornton, New Hampshire
  • TOAST Elementary School, Albany, NY
  • Troy Middle School, Troy NY
  • Van Rensselaer Elementary, Van Rensselaer, NY
  • West Lake High School, Mount Pleasant School District
  • Watervliet Elementary School, Watervliet, NY
  • Williamstown Elementary School, Williamstown, MA
  • Wilton Manors Elementary School, Florida

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