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Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction, M.S.Ed.

The Elementary Education and Reading Department offers this master of science in education program leading to eligibility for professional certification in early childhood and/or childhood education, for those holding or eligible for New York State Initial Certification in the respective area(s).

Applicants must:

1. Have a degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood and/or childhood education.

2. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).

3. Submit a copy of New York State Initial Certification in Childhood and/or Early Childhood or New York State Certificate of Qualification or Provisional Certification in Elementary Education at the time of application. If you are a recent graduate or just completing your undergraduate program at the time of application, write in the date certification is expected on the application. You must submit proof of your teaching certificate to the Elementary Education and Reading Department by the time you apply for candidacy (after completing 6 credits and before the completion of 12 credits). If you do not obtain your initial certification for any reason before completing the master’s program, you will not be recommended for professional certification by SUNY Buffalo State.

4. Submit a score from either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) OR the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

5. Write 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.

Your statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

a. Organization
b. Conventions of language
c. Content

Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.

6. Submit a professional resume with your application

7. Three letters of reference on special department forms that attest to the applicant’s performance or potential as a teacher (included in application packet). Please note that two references must be from college professors/instructors. Department forms may be downloaded at http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/supplemental-application-materials.

Applicants will be judged on demonstrated academic records, the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the candidate’s statement of professional interests, goals, and relevant personal experiences.

Further information about this program is available from:
Ellen S. Friedland, Assistant Chair, Graduate Programs
Phone: (716) 878-5617
E-mail: friedles@buffalostate.edu

Application Deadline Dates
Spring: October 1; Summer: March 1; Fall: May 1
All documentation needs to be submitted in order to process your application.
Please return your completed application and all supplemental materials to the Graduate School Office, Cleveland Hall 204.

Required: (6 credits)
EDU 501 Seminar for the Reflective Teacher (to be taken as a first course)
EDU 620 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary Schools

Required Content Courses: (12 credits) (Can be taken at any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501.)

EDU 513 Theory, Research, and Practice in Literacy Instruction or equivalent by advisement
EDU 651 Theory, Research, and Practice in Mathematics Instruction or equivalent by advisement
EDU 654 Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Studies Instruction or equivalent by advisement
EDU 671 Theory, Research, and Practice in Science Instruction or equivalent by advisement

Concentration (9-12 credits): Select one of the following concentrations. (Can be taken at any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501).

Literacy
Required: EDU 613 Assessment of English Language Arts for the Classroom Teacher (prerequisites EDU 513 and one other literacy course)

Choose two:
EDU 535 Teaching Writing: B-12
EDU 609 Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades
EDU 611 Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades
EDU 612 Developing Literacy Through Literature

Early Childhood (Appropriate for those without Early Childhood Certification)
Required:
EDU 543 Curriculum for the Young Child
EDU 626 Integrating the Content Areas in the Teaching of Young Children (prerequisite EDU 543)

Choose one:
EDU 528 Families and Early Childhood Programs
EDU 611 Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades

Gifted/Talented (If you select this concentration and complete the other NYSED requirements for Gifted and Talented certification, Buffalo State will recommend you for certification.)
EDU/CRS 509 The Gifted Individual
CRS 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving
CRS/EDU 621 Curriculum Development in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education (prerequisite CRS/EDU 509)
EDU 619 Practicum in Gifted, Talented, and Creative Education (prerequisites CRS/EDU 509, CRS 559, CRS/EDU 621)

Educational Technology
Required: EDU 672 Advanced Educational Technology for K-6 Classrooms
Choose two:
EDT 500 Fundamentals of Technological Literacy
EDT 601 Instructional Technologies
EDT 603 Instructional Design and Problem Solving with Technology (prerequisite EDT 601)
EDT 604 Authoring for Educators (prerequisite EDT 601)
EDT 614 Educational Graphics & Animation (prerequisite EDT 601)

Educational Leadership
Required:
SPF 689 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research
EDL 552 Public School Law

Choose one:
EDU 640 Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools
EDU 670 Principles of Curriculum Design
EDL 607 Site-based Leadership

Elective-Select one from the list (3 credits). (Prerequisites may be required for some of the following 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.
CRS/EDL 559 Principles in Creative Problem Solving
EDT 500 Fundamentals of Technological Literacy

SPF 503 Educational 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 The Gifted Individual
EDU 528 Families and Early Childhood Programs
EDU/EDL 534 Holistic Curriculum
EDU 535 Teaching Writing: B-12
EDU 574 Elementary School Curriculum
EDU/EXE 577 Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom
EDU 609 Literacy Instruction in the Upper Grades
EDU 611 Literacy Instruction in the Primary Grades
EDU 612 Developing Literacy Through Literature
EDU 613 Assessment of Literacy for the Classroom Teacher (Prerequisite: EDU 513 or equivalent and one other graduate literacy class)
EDU 640 Conflict Resolution and Peaceable Schools
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 (Cannot be taken by Buffalo State graduates)

HIS 500 Studies in American History
SSE 605 Topics for In-Service Education

Required: EDU 690 Master’s Project

Total Required Credit Hours 33-36 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Elementary Education and Reading

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Bacon Hall 302
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5916 •  Fax: Fax: (716) 878-6033

elementaryed@buffalostate.edu
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