A Legacy of Learning.

As a teacher, you’ll have the opportunity to shape the lives of your students.


The field of education is constantly changing and improving. Teachers and administrators are charged with implementing high-quality curriculum developed using state-adopted standards, while simultaneously creating an environment and culture built on trust and human connection.

Our Childhood Education major prepares students to enter the field of education with both pedagogical and practical experience. Students in our program will take the general education courses as well as a rich variety of program-specific courses that will guide and prepare them in becoming transformative educators.


Our program has a balance of practicing professionals, veteran educators and full-time higher education faculty members, all possessing a wide range of practical experience and focused specialties.

Program Distinctions

By completing this Childhood Education degree as well as a liberal arts major in English, history or life sciences, you’ll be ready to be certified by New York State in teaching grades 1-6.

Accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), there are many different options for you to expand your education in this program. You can take graduate courses during your senior year as well as a middle school extension. If you go on to Russell Sage College’s master’s program, you could be certified in four areas upon completion of the Special Education/Literacy graduate program.

East Greenbush Education Partnership

The partnership between Russell Sage College’s Esteves School of Education and East Greenbush Central School District allows students in grades 9-12 to earn up to 30 college credits. Graduate with a bachelor of science degree in Childhood Education or Physical Education from Russell Sage College in just three years, saving time and money.

“[We are] uniquely situated in the Capital District, which provides us a great network for public, private and charter schools …”

Peter Stapleton, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Education
Spotlights Pattern

Your Future

After graduating from the Childhood Education program, you’ll be able to apply for teaching positions. You’ll also have to sit for a series of tests and obtain a master’s degree.

Student Teaching

You’ll complete two seven-week student-teaching experiences, one in grades 1-3 and one in grades 4-6. One placement is in a general-education classroom, with the other focusing on special education — allowing you to gain a broad range of experiences.

Candidates are placed in urban, suburban and rural school districts across their field experiences and student teaching placements. These opportunities require you to transition and utilize the skills that you have learned in real classroom settings. You’ll receive constructive feedback and supportive coaching through the process, enhancing your overall experience.


Students go on to master’s programs at Russell Sage College and other schools and teach in elementary school settings.

Graduate School

Once you graduate the program, you’ll have the opportunity to get your master’s degree in Special Education or Literacy Education, allowing you to expand your skills.

Learning Experience

You’ll have the opportunity to get experience and professional development through junior-year methods classes and through student teaching. Learn how to teach virtually as well as in person in the classroom.

Prepare for the classroom.

You’ll take a variety of courses that prepare you for work in classrooms. Courses at the undergraduate level often include fieldwork and practicum experiences in school settings. Required fieldwork can consist of anything from strictly observations to a combination of observation and interaction with students. Practicum experiences involve more student interaction and classroom responsibility. Practicums are typically more closely supervised and help prepare Russell Sage College students for their student-teaching experiences.

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Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Department Chair, and Director: Center for Teaching and Learning