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

This 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 Department of Education. To receive initial certification, students must pass the applicable New York State certification exams and fulfill other New York State certification requirements.

1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an academic major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.

2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale).

3. Meet with a department adviser to review all college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program. {Please e-mail Dr. Friedland to schedule an appointment.}

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

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

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

6. Write a well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a.) Your reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood education teacher and your 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 sign and date your statement.

7. 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. 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. Because of the high volume of applications received, not all qualified applications may be admitted. To receive initial certification, students must successfully pass the applicable New York State certification exams.

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

Application Deadline Dates
Applications will be considered until the quota for each semester has been met.

All documentation needs to be submitted by the application deadline 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
Select one course from the following:
SPF (EDF) 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 (EDF) 503 Educational Psychology

Exceptional Education Course 3 credits
EDU/EXE 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 Social Studies in the Elementary Classroom
EDU 672 Microcomputer in the Instructional Program

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
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 (EDF) 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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