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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 this 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 may apply for admission to the master’s program in curriculum and instruction. Students who successfully complete this master of science in education program will receive a college recommendation for Professional NYS Childhood and Professional Early Childhood Certification.

All applicants for Professional Certification in New York State must show evidence of completing the required seminar in Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training).

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
http://elementaryeducation.buffalostate.edu/

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:

i. Organization
ii. Conventions of language
iii. 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 http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/supplemental-application-materials.

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 Courses (6 credit hours)
EDU 501 SEMINAR FOR THE REFLECTIVE TEACHER (to be taken as first course) 3
EDU 620 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIVERSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 3

Content Courses (12 credit hours)
Courses can be taken any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501
EDU 513 THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 651 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 654 THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 671 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN SCIENCE INSTRUCTION 3

Concentration (9-12 credit hours)
Can be taken any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501
Select one from the following concentrations: 9-12
Literacy
Early Childhood
Gifted/Talented
Educational Technology
Educational Leadership

Electives (3 credit hours)
Select 3 credit hours from the following: 1 3
CRS/EDL 559 PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
EDT 500 FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNOLOGY LITERACY
EDT 601 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES
EDT 604 AUTHORING FOR EDUCATORS
EDT 606 INTERNET FOR EDUCATORS
EDT 614 EDUCATIONAL GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION
SPF 503 EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY
SPF 528 HUMAN RELATIONS
SPF 611 EVALUATION IN EDUCATION
SPF 689 METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH
EDL 552 PUBLIC SCHOOL LAW
EDL 652 SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
EDL 607 SITE-BASED LEADERSHIP
EDU/CRS 509 INTRODUCTION TO THE GIFTED, TALENTED AND CREATIVE LEARNER
EDU 528 FAMILIES AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
EDU/EDL 534 THE HOLISTIC CURRICULUM: TEACHING TO BOTH SIDES OF THE BRAIN
EDU 535 TEACHING WRITING: B-12
EDU 574 THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CURRICULUM
EDU 577 TEACHING INDIVIDUALS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM
EDU 609 LITERACY INSTRUCTION IN THE UPPER GRADES
EDU 611 TEACHING LITERACY IN PRIMARY GRADES
EDU 612 DEVELOPING LITERACY THROUGH LITERATURE
EDU 613 ASSESSMENT OF THE ELA FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER
EDU 640 CONFLICT RESOLUTION
EDU 654 THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION
EDU 670 PRINCIPLES OF CURRICULUM DESIGN
EDU 672 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR K-6 CLASSROOMS
EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
HIS 500 STUDIES IN AMERICAN HISTORY
SSE 605 TOPICS FOR IN-SERVICE EDUCATION (1-6)

Required Culminating Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 690 MASTER'S PROJECT 3

Total Credit Hours 33-36
1 Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Other courses may be accepted through advisement only. Students who select the Gifted and Talented concentration do not need an elective to obtain the 33 required credits for completion of the program.

Literacy Concentration
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
EDU 613 ASSESSMENT OF THE ELA FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER 3
Select two from the following: 6
EDU 535 TEACHING WRITING: B-12
EDU 609 LITERACY INSTRUCTION IN THE UPPER GRADES
EDU 611 TEACHING LITERACY IN PRIMARY GRADES
EDU 612 DEVELOPING LITERACY THROUGH LITERATURE

Total Credit Hours 9

Early Childhood Concentration

Appropriate for those without Early Childhood Certification

Required Courses (9-12 credit hours)
EDU 543 CURRICULUM FOR THE YOUNG CHILD 3
EDU 626 INTEGRATING THE CONTENT AREAS IN THE TEACHING OF YOUNG CHILDREN 3-6
EDU 528 FAMILIES AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS 3
or EDU 611 TEACHING LITERACY IN PRIMARY GRADES

Total Credit Hours 9-12

Gifted/Talented Concentration

If you select this concentration and complete the other NYSED requirements for Gifted and Talented certification, Buffalo State will recommend you for certification.

Required Courses (18 credit hours)
EDU/CRS 509 INTRODUCTION TO THE GIFTED, TALENTED AND CREATIVE LEARNER 3
CRS 559 PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING 3
EDU/CRS 621 CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN GIFTED, TALENTED, AND CREATIVE EDUCATION 3
EDU 619 PRACTICUM IN GIFTED, TALENTED, AND CREATIVE EDUCATION 3
Total Credit Hours 12

Educational Technology Concentration

Required Courses (9 credit hours)
EDU 672 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR K-6 CLASSROOMS 3
Select two from the following: 6
EDT 500 FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNOLOGY LITERACY
EDT 601 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES
EDT 603 INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND PROBLEM SOLVING WITH TECHNOLOGY
EDT 604 AUTHORING FOR EDUCATORS
EDT 606 INTERNET FOR EDUCATORS
EDT 614 EDUCATIONAL GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION

Total Credit Hours 9

Educational Leadership Concentration
Required Courses (9 credit hours)
SPF 689 METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH 3
EDL 552 PUBLIC SCHOOL LAW 3
EDL 607 SITE-BASED LEADERSHIP 3
or EDU 670 PRINCIPLES OF CURRICULUM DESIGN

Total Credit Hours 9

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