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Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), M.S.Ed

About the Program

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.

This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in one of the liberal arts and sciences. It leads to an M.S. in education and eligibility to apply for initial certification in childhood and early childhood education from the New York State Department of Education. To receive initial certification, students must pass the applicable New York State certification exams and fulfill other New York State certification requirements.

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 from an accredited college or university with an academic major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.

2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)

3. Meeting with a department advisor to review college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program.

4. A completed Application Requirement Worksheet (included in the application packet) detailing:
a. College-level work in each of the following: English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each applicant will have completed this requirement as an undergraduate or will be required to complete 6 credit hours of study in each of these four disciplines. Basic college writing courses (ENG 101 or ENG 102) do not count toward the English requirement.
b. Undergraduate major or courses applicable to an acceptable concentration.
c. Two years of high school or two semesters of college study in one foreign language (high school transcript should be submitted with application).

5. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a. Reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
b. Professional .
The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
-Conventions of language
Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.

6. Three letters of reference on special department forms that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student and as a teacher. 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

Seminar 3 credits
EDU 501 Seminar for the Reflective Teacher (To be taken early in the program)

Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Course 3 credits
Choose one:
SPF 500 Multicultural Education
EDU 620 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary School Classrooms
SSE 640 The Sociohistorical Context and Issues of Diversity in American Schooling

Foundation Course 3 credits
SPF 503 Educational Psychology

Exceptional Education Course 3 credits
Choose one:
EDU 577 Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in Regular Classroom
EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs

Curriculum 12 credits
EDU 528 Families and Early Childhood Programs
EDU 543 Curriculum for the Young Child
EDU 654 Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Studies Instruction
EDU 672 Advanced Technology for K-6 Classrooms

Literacy Course 3 credits
EDU 546 Theory, Research, and Practice in English Language Arts Instruction (Must be taken prior to EDU 511)

Methods and Practicum Courses 27 credits
EDU 511 Methods of Teaching English/Language Arts (6)
(Prerequisites apply; must be taken prior to EDU 682)
EDU 626 Integrating the Content Areas in the Teaching of Young Children (Includes a 40- hour Field Experience)(Prerequisite EDU 543)
EDU 682 Teaching Math and Science in the Elementary School (6) (Prerequisites apply)
EDU 500 Practicum in Childhood Education (6)
EDU 510 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (6)

Research and Master’s Project 6 credits
SPF 689 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research (Must be taken prior to EDU 690)
EDU 690 Master’s Project (Culminating Course)

Total Required Credit Hours: 60 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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