About the Program
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Major Code: SBI (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Biology 7-12)
SCH (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Chemistry 7-12)
SEA (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Earth Science 7-12)
SPH (Leading to Initial NYS Teacher Certification in Physics 7-12)
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 Master of Science in Science Education program is designed for individuals holding an undergraduate degree in a core science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, or Physics). Candidates who complete 31-37 credit hours (which includes student teaching and a master's project) in education coursework may quality for NYSED initial certification allowing them to teach science in grades 7-12 in New York State.
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; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change.
About the Earth Sciences and Science Education Department
160 Science and Math Complex
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6731
Fax: (716) 878-4524
Candidates new to Buffalo State College
Potential candidates will follow Buffalo State College entrance procedures, which include an online Graduate School Application (graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/admissions). Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree with sufficient academic background in the prospective area of teaching to take graduate work in the discipline. Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the department's program coordinator for a transcript review and a pre-application interview.
The following criteria must also be met:
1. Official transcripts from all institutions that the candidate has attended.
2. Overall GPA 3.0 or higher.
3. Proficiency in a foreign language through the 102 level (one year of foreign language).
4. Science certification area (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology or Physics) GPA of 3.0 or higher.
5. A minimum of 30 credit hours in the science discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geology, or Physics) in which certification is sought.
6. Statement of intent that should include:
a. reasons for pursuing graduate study in science education;
b. career aspirations;
c. special interests within the field;
d. any unusual features of background that might need explanation or be of interest to the program's admissions committee.
7. Letter of reference that includes an assessment of the applicant's ability to work with others.
Buffalo State Quick Admit
For candidates with undergraduate degrees from Buffalo State, Science Education has agreements with the content science departments to "Buffalo State Fast Track" their majors wishing to become certified to teach. Students in the following degree programs at Buffalo State who meet the above admission requirements can move directly into the M.S.Ed. program with this Buffalo State Fast Track option:
1. B.A. Biology
2. B.S. Chemistry
3. B.A. Geology; B.S. Earth Sciences
4. B.A. Physics; B.S. Physics
Official transcripts are not required for candidates on Buffalo State Fast Track.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Required Courses (31-37 credit hours)
Professional Education and Science Education (15-21 credit hours)
SCI 502 SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION TEACHING: THEORY, CONTENT AND PEDAGOGY 3
SCI 545 LITERACY FOR TEACHING SCIENCE 3
SCI 650 CURRICULAR RESEARCH TOPICS IN SCIENCE 3
SCI 664 TEACHING SCIENCE WITH TECHNOLOGY 3
EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS 3
SPF 503 EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY 3
EDU 609 RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN ADOLESCENT LITERACY 3
Practica (13 credit hours)
SCI 677 INITIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING EXPERIENCE 6
SCI 678 INITIAL HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING EXPERIENCE 6
SCI 679 SEMINAR IN SCIENCE EDUCATION 1
Culminating Project (3 credit hours)
SCI 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3
Total Credit Hours 31-37