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 this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.
Completion of a Buffalo State Educator Preparation Program leads to a college recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification. Buffalo State cannot determine the acceptability of an Educator Preparation Program for licensure/certification in another U.S. state or territory. To access Buffalo State’s full Interstate Disclosure document, including a full list of education departments for other states, go to teachercertification.buffalostate.edu/teaching-other-states.
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 education from the New York State Department of Education. The program is clinically-rich with carefully designed field experiences that culminate in one full semester of student teaching. Candidates who are working full-time as teacher assistants in grades 1-6 can request to complete field experience in their work sites. 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 Ed, Literacy, Ed Ldrsp Department
302 Bacon Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-5916
Fax: (716) 878-6033
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 (to be completed at the meeting with the department advisor).
5. A well-crafted statement addressing your reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
6. Two or three references that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student and as a teacher. Follow the department guidelines for the references.
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 this catalog.
EDU 501 SEMINAR FOR THE REFLECTIVE TEACHER (to be taken early in the program) 3
EDU 620 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIVERSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 3
EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS or EDU/EXE 502 CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT (if EXE 100 is completed) 3
SPF 503 EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY (undergraduate equivalent acceptable) 0-3
EDU 546 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION (20 hours of field experience) 3
EDU 654 THEORY RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 671 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN SCIENCE INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 511 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (EDU 546 is a prerequisite; 45 hours of field experience) 6
EDU 682 TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (45 hours of field experience) 6
EDU 500 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION 6
EDU 510 PRACTICUM IN CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 6
SPF 690 MASTER'S PROJECT (Culminating Course) 3
Total Credit Hours 45-48 credits
In addition to academic requirements, students who are enrolled in teacher education programs leading to Initial Certification or Initial/Professional certification 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; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change.