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Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program), B.S.

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.

To be considered for admission to the Combined Childhood and Early Childhood education major (ECC, grades birth-6), students must have an 85% High School average or a cumulative GPA of 3.0, as well as submitted ACT or SAT scores as part of the application process.
For students currently enrolled at Buffalo State, an acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been met. A description of relevant experiences and a writing sample regarding the applicant’s experiences that have helped solidify plans to pursue teaching is required. Applications to ECC are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.


Combined Childhood and Early 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. Combined 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 Schools Consortium. Combined 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 Web site, 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 Combined education majors (ECC) 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. Successful Graduates will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children from birth through grade 6 (Combined Childhood and Early Childhood, ECC).

Transfer Students: Most courses taken at an accredited institution and relevant to a Buffalo State degree program will be accepted, but the majority of professional sequence courses applied to the Combined Childhood and Early Childhood education major must be courses completed at Buffalo State. Grades for transfer courses are generally used in computing the required 3.0 cumulative GPA for admission to the major. Students planning to transfer as juniors into the Combined 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.

Since the teacher candidate will graduate with recommendation for two certification areas, Combined majors should anticipate an additional semester of college work.

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.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 30 cr*


Credit Hours for Concentration (will vary when double dipped with IF and Distribution courses) 21-30 cr

Distribution Courses Beyond IF 9 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Education 69 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 220 Programs for Infants and Toddlers
EDU 310 Teaching and Social Studies in the Elementary School
EDU 311 The Teaching of Reading and other Language Arts in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 313 The Teaching of Science in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 316 The Teaching of Mathematics in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 329 Integrated Thematic Instruction for Young Children (6)
EDU 326 Emergent Literacy
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 (6)
EDU 402 Seminar to Accompany Student Teaching
EDU 410 Practicum in Teaching Early Childhood (6)
EDU 411 Parents, Schools, and Community (taken with student teaching)

Total Required Credit Hours Minimum 129-138 cr

*Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Humanities/English, Natural Science, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major, distribution, and concentration which could significantly reduce the total number of 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 advisor for more detailed information.

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