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Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 6), including initial teacher certification (MIITC), M.S.Ed.

The MIITC program will culminate in a master of science in education degree and fulfills course requirements for initial and professional New York State certification in Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 6).

Applicants must:
1. Have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with an academic major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.

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

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

4. Meet with a department adviser to review all college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program. (Please e-mail Ellen Friedland to schedule an appointment.

5. Submit official transcripts from all colleges attended with your application.

6. Submit a completed Application Requirement Worksheet (included in the application packet) detailing:

a. College-level work in each of the following: English, mathematics, science, and social studies.
b. Your undergraduate major or courses applicable to an acceptable concentration.
c. Two years of high school or two semesters of college study in one foreign language (high school transcript should be submitted with application).

7. Write a well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a. Your reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
b. Your professional goals.

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.

8. Submit three reference letters on special department forms (included in application packet) that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student and as a teacher. Please note that two references must be from college professors/instructors whom the applicant had as an instructor.

Applicants will be judged on demonstrated academic records, the strength of recommendations, and the quality of the candidate’s statement. To receive initial certification, students must successfully pass the applicable New York State certification exams.

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

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.

Seminar 3 credits
EDU 501 Seminar for the Reflective Teacher (To be taken early in the program)

Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Course 3 credits
Choose one:
SPF 500 Multicultural Education
EDU 620 Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary School Classrooms
SSE 640 The Sociohistorical Context and Issues of Diversity in American Schooling

Foundation Course 3 credits
SPF 503 Educational Psychology

Exceptional Education Course 3 credits
Choose one:
EDU 577 Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in Regular Classroom-OR-
EXE 500 Individuals with Special Needs

Curriculum 12 credits
EDU 528 Families and Early Childhood Programs
EDU 543 Curriculum for the Young Child
EDU 654 Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Studies Instruction
EDU 672 Advanced Technology for K-6 Classrooms

Literacy Course 3 credits
EDU 546 Theory, Research, and Practice in English Language Arts Instruction (Must be taken prior to EDU 511)

Methods and Practicum Courses 27 credits
EDU 511 Methods of Teaching English/Language Arts (6)
(Prerequisites apply; must be taken prior to EDU 682)
EDU 626 Integrating the Content Areas in the Teaching of Young Children (Includes a 40- hour Field Experience)(Prerequisite EDU 543)
EDU 682 Teaching Math and Science in the Elementary School (6) (Prerequisites apply)
EDU 500 Practicum in Childhood Education (6)
EDU 510 Practicum in Early Childhood Education (6)

Research and Master’s Project 6 credits
SPF 689 Methods and Techniques of Educational Research (Must be taken prior to EDU 690)
EDU 690 Master’s Project (Culminating Course)

Total Required Credit Hours: 60 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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