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Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9), 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 Childhood Education with English Extension major (CEN), 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 students currently enrolled at Buffalo State, an acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been me. 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 CEN are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.

Childhood with English extension 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.

Childhood education with English extension 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).

English Extension Majors also complete a 30-credit-hour concentration in English as outlined in the elementary education handbook, available in Bacon 302 and the college website.

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. In addition, English Extension majors will take ENG 463 in the semester prior to student teaching. See the English department for details about course availability and orientations.

Student Teaching: The culminating courses for the Childhood with English extension major 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 offices in cooperation with public schools in the greater Buffalo area. It is expected that students in this major will have at least one urban teaching experience.
Graduates in this major will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children in grades 1–6 and 7-9 English.

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 childhood education with English extension 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 Childhood program with English extension and wishing to complete their programs in four or five semesters must seek advisement at the institution in which they initially enrolled to assure that the prerequisite course equivalencies are met. Since graduates in extension programs will receive two certifications, it may require an additional semester of college work.

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 English Concentration (will vary when double dipped with IF and Distribution courses) 24-30 cr

Distribution Courses Beyond IF 9 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Education 60 cr

SPF 202 Child Development and Education
SPF 203 School and Society
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Education
SPF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EDU 211 Introduction to Literacy
EDU 310 Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDU 311 The Teaching of Reading and other Language Arts in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 313 The Teaching of Science in the Elementary School
EDU 316 The Teaching of Mathematics in the Elementary School (6)
EXE 362 Behavior and Classroom Management
EXE 371 Foundations of Teaching Children with Disabilities
ENG 463 Methods, Materials, and Professional Development for Teachers of English
(6 credits)
ENG 464 Student Teaching of English in Junior High-Middle School (6 credits)
EDU 402 Seminar in Education
EDU 404 Student Teaching (6 credits)

Total Required Credit Hours Minimum 123-129 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Natural Science, Humanities, 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 Handbook and an academic adviser for more detailed information.

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