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 (birth through grade 6, BS-ED ECC).
Student Teaching: The culminating courses for either the childhood (grades 1 through 6), early childhood (birth through grade 2) and combined education majors (birth through grade 6) 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 375/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 area and complete student teaching in the selected academic subject 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.
Formal admission to the childhood education and/or early childhood education program is a two-step process. Initial admission as a preliminary major (0201/ELEW) is required following acceptance to the college. To be considered for formal admission to the childhood education, early childhood education, or a combined major, students must have successfully completed at least 45 credit hours, which must include ENG/CWP 101, ENG/CWP 102, and the mathematics basic skills competency requirement. They must also have passed two Intellectual Foundations courses with a minimum grade of C and the foundation courses for the selected major (EDF 201/EDU 201, EDF 202 and/or EDF 203, EDF 302, and EDU 211 or their equivalents) with a 2.5 average in those courses. Applicants to the full majors must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, as well as a minimum 2.5 in these selected EDF/EDU courses.
An acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been met, a description of relevant experiences, and the score or proof of registration from the Liberal Arts and Sciences Test (LAST) of the New York State Teacher’s Exam. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.
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. Childhood, early childhood and combined program 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).
Majors also complete a 30-credit-hour concentration chosen from: American studies, English, foreign language, mathematics, science, or social studies.
Early Childhood Education Major (BS-ED ECE)
Intellectual Foundations Requirements: 39–66 cr
Credit Hours for Concentration: 30 cr
Distribution Courses: 24 cr
Total Required Credit Hours in Education: 51–57 cr
EDF 201/EDU 201 Introduction to Elementary Education
EDF 202 Child Development and Education
EDF 302 Educational Psychology: Elementary Education
EDU 211 Introduction to Literacy
EDU 220 Programs for Infants and Toddlers
EDU 311W The Teaching of Reading and other Language Arts in the Elementary School (6)
EDU 326 Emergent Literacy
EDU 329 Integrated Thematic Instruction for Young Children (6)
EDU/EXE 375 Integration of Technology in Education
EDU 400 Practicum in Teaching (Primary) (6)
EDU 402 Seminar in Education
EDU 410 Practicum in Teaching Early Childhood (6)
EDU 411 Parents, Schools, and Community
EXE 362 Behavior and Classroom Management (optional)
EXE 371 Foundations of Teaching Children with Disabilities
Total Required Credit Hours: 120 cr
The total number of required hours will vary with course selection. Students should refer to the Childhood Education Handbook and an academic adviser for more detailed information.