Phone: (845) 257-2860
Location: Old Main Building 115
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/elementaryed

The Early Childhood Studies non-certification program blends theoretical and pedagogical content with practical experience, providing students with multiple opportunities to apply foundational knowledge within a variety of educational environments where young children (infant through age 8) play and learn.

Classes explore early childhood pedagogy and practice, curriculum development and design, research and policy to prepare students to work in a variety of alternative learning environments: daycare settings, after-school and tutoring programs, programs for young children, parents and caregivers in museums, hospitals and community organizations. Multiple fieldwork experiences and an 80-hour internship provide opportunities for students to apply course content in settings that align with students' interests and career goals.

As with all School of Education programs, Early Childhood Studies offers:

  • high-quality instruction from dedicated, passionate faculty;
  • courses that reflect current research in such areas as play, early childhood development, social and emotional learning, curriculum development, and language and literacy development;
  • clinically rich preparation that emphasizes a balanced and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning;
  • a commitment to preparing caring, critical, and reflective professionals.

Successful completion of the Early Childhood Studies program leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree without recommendation for the issuance of a New York State teacher certificate.

Notice to Persons Who Have Prior Felony Convictions

State University of New York (SUNY) policy prohibits SUNY New Paltz admission applications from inquiring into an applicant’s prior criminal history. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet the licensure requirements for certain professions, including the program in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.

Individuals with prior criminal histories are advised to seek advice and guidance from the chair of the academic department regarding the impact of a criminal record on meeting the requirements of the major/professional licensure or certification prior to declaring the major.

Please refer to Early Childhood & Childhood Education, above, for the Liberal Arts concentrations and General Education requirements associated with the Early Childhood Studies program. Course descriptions for both programs appear below.

Bell, Karen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Boston College
Office: OM 218B
Phone: (845) 257-2804
E-mail: bellk@newpaltz.edu

Cain, Lizabeth
Assistant Professor
Ed.D., Binghamton University
Office: OM 222
Phone: (845) 257-2864
E-mail: cainl@newpaltz.edu

Chesky, Nataly
Associate Professor
Ed.D., Montclair State University
Office: OM 218D
Phone: (845) 257-2872
E-mail: cheskyn@newpaltz.edu

Davis-Duerr, Jennifer
Assistant Professor
Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado
Office: OM 227B
Phone: (845) 257-2838
E-mail: duerrj@newpaltz.edu

Greene, Kiersten
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Office: OM 224
Phone: (845) 257-2887
E-mail: greenek@newpaltz.edu

Hopenwasser, Caroline
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Alabama A&M University
Office: OM 227C
Phone: (845) 257-2865
E-mail: hopenwac@newpaltz.edu

Isabelle, Aaron
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Clark University MA
Office: OM
Phone: (845) 257-2837
E-mail: isabella@newpaltz.edu

Lewis, Tarie
Lecturer
M.S., SUNY New Paltz; M.A., University of California, Berkeley
Office: OM 227D
Phone: (845) 257-2869
E-mail: lewist@newpaltz.edu

Lord, Kathleen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Columbia University
Office: OM 225
Phone: (845) 257-2833
E-mail: lordk@newpaltz.edu

Noel, Andrea
Professor
Ph.D., SUNY Albany
Office: OM 221
Phone: (845) 257-2896
E-mail: noela@newpaltz.edu

Russo, Lindsey
Associate Professor
Ed.D., Binghamton University
Office: OM 115B
Phone: (845) 257-3116
E-mail: russol@newpaltz.edu

Watts-Politza, Irene
Lecturer
M.S., SUNY New Paltz
Office: SCB 154
Phone: (845) 257-2860
E-mail: politzai@newpaltz.edu