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Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, M.S.Ed

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.

Teachers with New York State initial teaching certification in childhood and/or early childhood education, or provisional teacher certification in elementary education may apply for admission to the master’s program in curriculum and instruction. Students who successfully complete this master of science in education program may apply for professional teaching certification (for those with initial certification) or permanent teaching certification (for those with provisional certification) from the New York State Department of Education.

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

1. A bachelor’s degree in early childhood and/or childhood education from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

2. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a. Your strengths as a teacher.
b. Professional challenge(s) you encountered during your first classroom teaching experiences or field experiences that you hope to address in your graduate work.
c. How your graduate program can help you grow as a teacher. If you know which concentration you are selecting, please describe your reasons for selecting it.

The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1. Organization
2. Conventions of language
3. Content
Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.

3. Professional resume

4. Three letters of reference on special department forms that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. Please note that two references must be from college professors/instructors. Department forms may be downloaded at

These are the minimum criteria for admission; satisfaction of these criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the catalog.

Additional Admission Information:

Each applicant will be evaluated in terms of his or her baccalaureate degree, academic performance, letters of recommendation, experiential background, and substance and quality of the personal statement. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions Committee rubric (attached to the supplemental application information) used for evaluating applications.

Program Requirements

Required 6 cr
EDU 501 Seminar for the Reflective Teacher (to be taken as a first course)
EDU 620 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Schools

Content Courses 12 credits
Can be taken at any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501

EDU 513 Theory, Research, and Practice in Literacy Instruction or equivalent by advisement
EDU 651 Theory, Research, and Practice in Mathematics Instruction or equivalent by advisement
EDU 654 Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Studies Instruction or equivalent by advisement
EDU 671 Theory, Research, and Practice in Science Instruction or equivalent by advisement

Concentration (9-12 credits): Select one of the following concentrations.
Courses can be taken at any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501.

Required: EDU 613 Assessment of English Language Arts for the Classroom Teacher (prerequisites EDU 513 and one other literacy course)

Choose two:
EDU 535 Teaching Writing: B-12
EDU 609 Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades
EDU 611 Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades
EDU 612 Developing Literacy Through Literature

Early Childhood (Appropriate for those without Early Childhood Certification)
EDU 543 Curriculum for the Young Child
EDU 626 Integrating the Content Areas in the Teaching of Young Children (prerequisite EDU 543)

Choose one:
EDU 528 Families and Early Childhood Programs
EDU 611 Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades

Gifted/Talented (All course required.)
EDU/CRS 509 The Gifted Individual
CRS 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving
CRS/EDU 621 Curriculum Development in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education (prerequisite EDU/CRS 509)
EDU 619 Practicum in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education (prerequisites EDU/CRS 509, CRS 559, EDU/CRS 621)
(If you select this concentration and complete the other NYSED requirements for Gifted and Talented certification, Buffalo State will recommend you for certification.)

Educational Technology
EDU 672 Advanced Educational Technology for K-6 Classrooms
Choose two:
EDT 500 Microcomputer Systems
EDT 601 Instructional Technologies
EDT 603 Instructional Design and Problem Solving with Technology (prerequisite EDT 601)
EDT 604 Authoring for Educators (prerequisite 601)
EDT 606 Internet for Educators (prerequisite EDT 601)
EDT 614 Educational Graphics & Animation (prerequisite EDT 601)

Educational Leadership
SPF 689 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research
EDL 552 Public School Law

Choose one:
EDL 607 Site-based Leadership
EDU 670 Principles of Curriculum Design

EDU 690 Master’s Project (Culminating Course)

Total Required Credit Hours 30-33 cr (15 credits at 600-level)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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