SUNY Canton Early Childhood Program Lands SUNY TeachNY Grant Funding


TeachNY logoTwo SUNY Canton faculty members in the Early Childhood program are integrating video capture into student teaching experiences and internships.

Professor Maureen P. Maiocco, Ed.D., and Lecturer Christina L. Martin, recently received a $8,395 SUNY TeachNY Implementation Fund grant to support their new endeavor. The competitive funding is designed to support innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

“Traditionally, a college supervisor visited classrooms and observed student teachers implementing lesson plans,” Maiocco said. “With fully online degree options, we developed a practical way to observe our students in classroom and center-based settings regardless of their location.”

The funding will allow the program to purchase GoReact subscriptions for students. Each user will capture video using a smartphone or tablet. The video capture technology will allow students and a college supervisor to record, observe, critique and assess the student teaching experience virtually.

Two students read to a young boy in the Early Childhood Teacher Center

“It is critical that off-campus student teaching experiences meet the needs of our online learners,” said Martin. “Our grant will allow us to expand and work with all of our students both locally, and at a distance.”

SUNY Canton’s Early Childhood Care and Management Bachelor of Business Administration program includes courses related to child development, curriculum planning, program administration, leadership, and business management. The four-year degree is available online, on campus, and in flex class format, which is a hybrid version of the online and in-person classes. The rigorous Early Childhood Associate of Applied Sciences program also incorporates off-campus student experiences and is available online and in-person.

Two students work with a toddler on development activities.

The TeachNY grants also funded initiatives at Binghamton University, the University at Brockport, the University at Buffalo, and SUNY Cortland.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.