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

About the Program

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 successfully completed at least 24 college credit hours, which must include ENG/CWP 101, and at least one of the following: SPF 202, SPF 203, or EXE 100. ENG/CWP 102, and the mathematics and quantitative reasoning competency requirement or MAT 121 must either have been completed or the student must be registered for them. Applicants to the major must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, as well as a minimum 2.5 in these selected SPF/EDU/EXE courses (professional sequence).

An acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been met and a description of relevant experiences. In addition, 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 School 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 Web site,, or from the department office. Currently, the concentration may be chosen from: American studies, English, foreign language, mathematics, science, or social studies

Student Teaching: The culminating courses for the early childhood education majors 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. Prior written approval must be obtained from the chair of the department for students to enroll for any other college credit work during a student teaching assignment except for EDU 375 or EDU 411. EDU 411 and EDU 375 may be taken prior to or with Student Teaching.

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 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 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, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). The seminar requirements are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements: 33-39 cr
Credit Hours for Concentration: 30 cr
Distribution Courses: 24 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 311W 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
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 141-147 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could significantly 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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