Use the steps below, the links on the left, and this informational sheet as a guide when applying to an undergraduate program.
The steps below give a brief guideline on what it takes to become completely certified as a New York State educator, while the links on the left give perspective undergraduate and graduate applicants important information like application deadlines, GPA expectations, and supplimental material needed with the application.
Apply to Undergraduate Admissions
Prospective first-year and transfer students interested in entering the childhood education programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Current students should contact the department directly for program admission requirements.
The Elementary Education Major
At the time of application and admission to the department, you will choose a specific program and concentration and you will begin to take observation and methods courses. Upon successful completion of each level, you will progress to the next sequential level in preparation for the student teaching placements which you will complete in your final semester.
Upon successfully completing all course work and student teaching, you will be eligible to apply for your bachelor's degree, as the first step towards your recommendation for initial certification.
The Initial Certificate is the entry-level classroom teaching certificate in New York State, and is issued by the State for a specific subject and grade level. In addition to the bachelor's degree, fingerprinting/background check, three certification exams, and five seminars are required for certification. The institution may recommend you for initial certification upon degree and seminar completion, but the State will not will not issue the certificate until all state requirements are met.
To become permanently certified to teach in New York State, you must hold Initial Certification, and then complete additional requirements in order to be recommended for a Professional Certificate. Teachers are expected to meet the requirements for a Professional Certificate by completing a master's (or higher) degree program as well as three years of teaching experience in an approved setting. The requirements for the Professional Certificate must be met within five years of the granting of Initial Certification.
Master's Including Initial Teaching Certification (MIITC)
The MIITC 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. To receive initial certification, students must also pass the applicable New York State certification exams and fulfill all other State certification requirements.
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