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Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 2), B.S.

About the Program

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

About the Elementary Education and Reading Department Department

302 Bacon Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5916
Fax: (716) 878-6033

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the early childhood education major(ECE), students must have an 85% High School average or a cumulative GPA of 3.0, as well as submitted ACT or SAT scores as part of the application process.

For student currently enrolled at Buffalo State, an acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been met. A description of relevant experiences and a writing sample regarding the applicant’s experiences that have helped solidify plans to pursue teaching is required. Applications to ECE are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.

Early Childhood education majors must complete one year of college-level study of one language other than English. Typically, two years of high school study of one language is equivalent to one year of college-level work. Early childhood education majors must also complete a distribution requirement of at least 6 credit hours in each of the following areas: mathematics, science, social studies, and English (not including ENG/CWP 101 and ENG/CWP 102).

Many of the courses in our professional sequence are taught in authentic settings for clinically-rich mentored experiences. As a result, the teacher candidates will have observation, tutoring, and teaching experiences in a variety of placements in our Professional Development Schools Consortium. Early childhood education majors are required to complete a 30-credit hour academic concentration in addition to the professional program requirements; the concentration seeks to broaden students’ academic backgrounds. Descriptions of the approved concentrations can be found in the Elementary Education Department Handbook for Majors, available on the department website, or from the department office. Currently, the concentration may be chosen from: American studies, English, Liberal Arts, foreign language, mathematics, science, social studies or urban studies.

Student Teaching: The culminating courses for the early childhood education majors may vary, but usually include two supervised student teaching experiences with children at different age levels in different types of schools. Eligibility and placement for each student teaching experience is determined by the department office in cooperation with public schools in the greater Buffalo area. It is expected that students in these majors will have at least one urban teaching experience.
Successful Graduates will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children from birth through grade 2 (early childhood, ECE).

Transfer Students: Most courses taken at an accredited institution and relevant to a Buffalo State degree program will be accepted, but the majority of professional sequence courses applied to the early childhood education major must be courses completed at Buffalo State. Grades for transfer courses are generally used in computing the required 3.0 cumulative GPA for admission to the major. Students planning to transfer as juniors into the early childhood programs and wishing to complete their programs in four semesters must seek advisement at the institution in which they initially enrolled to assure that the prerequisite course equivalencies are met.

In addition to academic requirements, students are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion and graduation, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). The seminar requirements are subject to change.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements: 30 cr
Credit Hours for Concentration: 30 cr
Distribution Courses Beyond IF: 9 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Education: 54 cr

SPF 202 Child Development and Education
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Education
SPF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EDU 211 Introduction to Literacy
EDU 220 Programs for Infants and Toddlers
EDU 311 The Teaching of Reading and other Language Arts in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 329 Integrated Thematic Instruction for Young Children (6)
EDU 326 Emergent Literacy
EXE 362 Behavior and Classroom Management (optional)
EXE 371 Foundations of Teaching Children with Disabilities
EDU 375 Integration of Technology in Education (Optional)
EDU 400 Practicum in Teaching (Primary) (6)
EDU 402 Seminar in Education
EDU 410 Practicum in Teaching Early Childhood (6)
EDU 411 Parents, Schools, and Community

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Humanities, Natural Science, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could reduce the total number of credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.
The total number of required hours will vary with course selection. Students should refer to the Elementary Education Department Handbook and an academic adviser for more detailed information.

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