National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Accredited by Association of Childhood Education International
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
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.
In addition to academic requirements, students who are enrolled in teacher education programs leading to Initial Certification or Initial/Professional certification are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion and graduation, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change.
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 3.0 (4.0 scale)
3. Meeting with a department advisor to review college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program.
4. 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. Each applicant will have completed this requirement as an undergraduate or will be required to complete 6 credit hours of study in each of these four disciplines. Basic college writing courses (ENG 101 or ENG 102) do not count toward the English requirement.
b. 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).
5. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a. Reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
ii. Conventions of language
Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.
6. Three letters of reference on special department forms 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. 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 this 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.
Seminar (3 credit hours)
EDU 501 SEMINAR FOR THE REFLECTIVE TEACHER (to be taken early in the program) 3
Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Course (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
SPF 500 MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION
EDU 620 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIVERSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS
SSE 640 SOCIOHISTORICAL CONTEXT AND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY IN U.S. SCHOOLING
Foundation Course (3 credit hours)
SPF 503 EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY 3
Exceptional Education Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 577 TEACHING INDIVIDUALS WITH EXCEPTIONALITIES IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM 3
or EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Curriculum (12 credit hours)
EDU 528 FAMILIES AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS 3
EDU 543 CURRICULUM FOR THE YOUNG CHILD 3
EDU 654 THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 672 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR K-6 CLASSROOMS 3
Literacy Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 546 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION (Must be taken prior to EDU 511) 3
Methods and Practicum Courses (27 credit hours)
EDU 511 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (Prerequisites apply; must be taken prior to EDU 682) 6
EDU 626 INTEGRATING THE CONTENT AREAS IN THE TEACHING OF YOUNG CHILDREN (Includes a 40-hour Field Experience and prerequisite EDU 543) 3-6
EDU 682 TEACHING MATH AND SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Prerequisites apply) 6
EDU 500 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION 3-6
EDU 510 PRACTICUM IN CHILDHOOD TEACHING 6
Research and Master's Project (6 credit hours)
SPF 689 METHODS AND TECHNIQUES OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH (Must be taken prior to EDU 690) 3
SPF 690 MASTER'S PROJECT (Culminating Course) 1-3
Total Credit Hours 60
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