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Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), B.S.

About the Program

Deciding to teach is only the beginning of the process...you will still need to determine whether you want to be certified to teach at the childhood level (grades 1 through 6, BS-ED CED); the early childhood level including kindergarten (birth through grade 2, BS-ED ECE), or both (combined childhood with early childhood education major, BS-ED ECC).

Student Teaching: The culminating courses for the childhood, early childhood, and combined education majors include two supervised student teaching experiences with children at different age levels in different types of schools. Eligibility and placement for each student teaching experience is determined by the department office in cooperation with public schools in the greater Buffalo area. It is expected that students in these majors will have at least one urban teaching experience. Prior written approval must be obtained from the chair of the department for students to enroll for any other college credit work during a student teaching assignment except for EXE 362 and/or EDU/EXE 375.

Graduates will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children from birth through grade 2 (early childhood) or children in grades 1–6 (childhood education), or birth through grade 6 (combined).

Academic Concentrations: Childhood, early childhood, and combined education majors are required to complete an academic concentration in addition to the professional program requirements; the concentration seeks to broaden students’ academic backgrounds. Descriptions of the approved concentrations can be found in the Elementary Education Department Handbook for Majors, available here, or from the department office.

Transfer Students: Most courses taken at an accredited institution and relevant to a Buffalo State degree program will be accepted, but the majority of courses applied to either the childhood or the early childhood education major must be courses completed at Buffalo State. Grades for transfer courses are generally used in computing the required GPA for admission to the premajor. Jointly registered program students are admitted directly into the childhood major (BS-ED CED) only. Students planning to transfer as juniors into the childhood or early childhood programs and wishing to complete their programs in four semesters must seek advisement at the institution in which they initially enrolled to assure that the prerequisite course equivalencies are met.

Extended Certification (HEGIS 0802): Students can earn degrees and extended certification to teach junior high school grades (7–9) in the areas of English, social studies, mathematics, French, Spanish, and Italian. To do so, they will take additional methods and subject-matter courses pertaining to their specific areas and complete student teaching in the selected academic subjects in the early secondary grades. Students’ advisers will be from the Elementary Education and Reading Department. However, students should consult with the coordinator of secondary education for their academic area of the extension and for their student teaching placement in the early secondary grades.

To be considered for admission to the Childhood education major (CED), students must have successfully completed at least 24 college credit hours, which must include ENG/CWP 101, and at least one of the following: SPF 202, SPF 203, or EXE 100. ENG/CWP 102, and the mathematics and quantitative reasoning competency requirement or MAT 121 must either have been completed or the student must be registered for them. Applicants to the major must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, as well as a minimum 2.5 in these selected SPF/EDU/EXE courses (professional sequence).

An acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been met and a description of relevant experiences. In addition, a writing sample regarding the applicant’s experiences that have helped solidify plans to pursue teaching is required. Applications to CED are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.

Childhood education majors must complete one year of college-level study of one language other than English. Typically, two years of high school study of one language is equivalent to one year of college-level work. Childhood education majors must also complete a distribution requirement of at least 6 credit hours in each of the following areas: mathematics, science, social studies, and English (not including ENG/CWP 101 and ENG/CWP 102).

Many of the courses in our professional sequence are taught in authentic settings for clinically-rich mentored experiences. As a result, the teacher candidates will have observation, tutoring, and teaching experiences in a variety of placements in our Professional Development School Consortium. Childhood education majors are required to complete a 30-credit hour academic concentration in addition to the professional program requirements; the concentration seeks to broaden students’ academic backgrounds. Descriptions of the approved concentrations can be found in the Elementary Education Department Handbook for Majors, available on the department website, or from the department office. Currently, the concentration may be chosen from: American studies, English, foreign language, mathematics, science, or social studies.

Student Teaching: The culminating courses for the Childhood education majors include two supervised student teaching experiences with children at different age levels in different types of schools. Eligibility and placement for each student teaching experience is determined by the department office in cooperation with public schools in the greater Buffalo area. It is expected that students in these majors will have at least one urban teaching experience. Prior written approval must be obtained from the chair of the department for students to enroll for any other college credit work during a student teaching assignment except for EDU 375. EDU 375 may be taken prior to or with Student Teaching.

Successful Graduates will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children from first to sixth grade (Childhood, CED).

Transfer Students: Most courses taken at an accredited institution and relevant to a Buffalo State degree program will be accepted, but the majority of courses applied to the Childhood education major must be courses completed at Buffalo State. Grades for transfer courses are generally used in computing the required GPA for admission to the major. Students planning to transfer as juniors into the Childhood program and wishing to complete their program in four semesters must seek advisement at the institution in which they initially enrolled to assure that the prerequisite course equivalencies are met.

In addition to academic requirements, students are required to complete all seminars specifically required by New York State for program completion, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). The seminar requirements are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 cr

Credit Hours for Concentration 30 cr

Distribution Courses 24 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Education 54 cr

SPF 202 Child Development and Education
SPF 203 School and Society
EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Education
SPF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EDU 211 Introduction to Literacy
EDU 310W Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDU 311W The Teaching of Reading and other Language Arts in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 312 The Teaching of Mathematics and Science in the Elementary School (6)
EXE 362 Behavior and Classroom Management
EXE 371 Foundations of Teaching Children with Disabilities
EDU 375 Integration of Technology in Education
EDU 400 Practicum in Teaching (Primary) (6)
EDU 401 Practicum in Teaching (Intermediate) (6)
EDU 402 Seminar in Education

Total Required Credit Hours 141-147 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could significantly reduce the total number to 123-129 credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.

The total number of required hours will vary with course selection. Students should refer to the Elementary Education Handbook and an academic adviser for more detailed information.

Elementary Education and Reading

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Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5916 •  Fax: Fax: (716) 878-6033

elementaryed@buffalostate.edu
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