Your journey in Childhood Education starts here.

Do you want to become an elementary school teacher? The Childhood Education program at Herkimer College is designed for students interested in teaching Pre-K through Grade 6. Upon graduation, you'll be prepared for transfer to a four-year institution by completing general education coursework, including courses in your chosen area of concentration: English, History/Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry or Math.

As a successful graduate you'll be able to:

  • Identify and implement a prepared lesson
  • Use effective classroom management techniques and pedagogy
  • Build a skill set necessary for seamless entrance into the next level of study for educators

View our program course requirements as published in the College Catalog.

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Career opportunities await

  • Pre-school school teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Tutors

Gianna Netti loves coming up with creative ways to teach her content and engage students in learning in new and exciting ways.  As a 6th grade teacher at Little Falls Middle School, she plans and delivers standards-based science lessons, while assessing student learning and differentiating instruction based on the individual needs of her students.

But her role as a teacher doesn’t stop there, Netti explains.  “I also love being a source of support and care for my students as they begin to navigate middle school.”

Netti describes Herkimer as initiating her love of education by allowing her to observe actual schools and classrooms right away.  “That experience in the field was inspiring,” Netti recalls.

“I cannot say enough about the knowledgeable and dedicated professors in the Childhood Education program,” Netti says.  “Their instruction provided me with the skills and understandings necessary to be successful throughout college and ultimately in my career as an educator.”

Faculty members are central to why students from across New York, the United States, and the world choose to pursue their education at Herkimer College. Our esteemed faculty bring expertise and energy to the classroom, as well as an unwavering commitment to each student's success. Take a moment to meet some of our faculty members and discover why they remain in the hearts and minds of generations of alumni. It's easy to see why Herkimer College is among the best community colleges.