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Prospective First-Year Students

Prospective first-year students interested in entering the childhood or early childhood education programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Students interested in the childhood or early childhood education programs who meet the current admissions requirements are accepted directly into the major. First year students who do not yet meet the admissions requirements are accpeted into the pre-major (CEDW).

Transfer Students

Students transferring from other institutions of higher education who are interested in entering the childhood or early childhood education programs at Buffalo State must apply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Students meeting the admission requirements for these majors are accepted directly into the major. Whether transfer students may be eligible for acceptance directly into one of the full elementary education majors will be decided on a case-by-case basis or by college joint articulation agreements. Students who have not yer met the admission requirements may be admitted into CEDW or their chosen concentration.

Current Buffalo State Students

If you are currently attending Buffalo State in a different major and want to switch to an elementary education major, then complete an application available in Bacon 302. You will need to have an overall GPA of 3.0 and to have submitted SAT or ACT scores to admissions. Department advisors are available to help with the application process.


To apply, submit to the Department of Elementary Education and Reading a written statement of commitment to the major that clearly demonstrates why the candidate is selecting the 4+1 option for Early Childhood Educators and affirms the candidate’s intent to remain at Buffalo State for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

Applications to 4+1 pathways are available in Bacon 302.


Students with excellent academic backgrounds may be interested in the All College Honors Program. Academically or financially disadvantaged students should see if the Educational Opportunity Program fits their needs. The Financial Aid Office helps all students with loans, grants, and scholarships.

Undergraduate Admissions Office
Moot Hall 110
(716) 878-4017

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Elementary Education and Reading

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