Have you always loved working with children? Do you want to plan fun, hands-on lessons that teach children through exploration and play? Do you want to shape the next generation of learners? If so, you may be an excellent candidate for Buffalo State College’s Childhood Education Program.
“Because of Buffalo State, I am who I am, I have a job that I love, in a field that I love, and that I feel comfortable for the rest of my life,” Ginger Bidell, a graduate of the childhood education and social studies programs.
Jevon Hunter, assistant professor of elementary education and reading, was appointed to the college’s prestigious Woods-Beals Endowed Chair in Urban Education in 2015. At that time, he said, “I am also looking forward to building coalitions between Buffalo State and colleges and universities such as New York University and Teacher’s College at Columbia that will lead to an exchange of expertise and opportunities for our communities to contribute to the larger discourse on urban education.”
Buffalo State’s childhood education program thoroughly prepares students for careers in the elementary school classroom. When our students complete the program, they are certified to teach grades one through six. Through their coursework and fieldwork, education majors develop a strong work ethic, organization and management skills, experience interacting with people from diverse backgrounds, flexibility, and a commitment to lifelong learning. Students majoring in childhood education at Buffalo State benefit from:
When you leave Buffalo State with a childhood education diploma, you’ll be armed with a degree that opens the door to many job opportunities. Our graduates have been employed in public, private, and charter elementary schools locally, nationally, and across the globe. Teacher shortages in New York City, Texas, and other states in the Southwest mean that successful teacher candidates willing to travel have their choice of positions. Locally, our graduates are teaching throughout Western New York schools. Loyal alumni in educational leadership roles are eager to interview our graduates. Some graduates who have participated in study abroad experiences have returned to teach in international schools.
However, if you eventually decide that classroom teaching is not for you, there are plenty of alternative career options for childhood education majors including:
As a childhood education major, you’ll have many opportunities to participate in clubs and activities outside the classroom. Opportunities include but are not limited to:
Undergraduate research opportunities are plentiful in local Professional Development Schools (PDS) sites and in combination with travel as faculty collaborate with students to conduct applied research in school settings. Each year, the department sponsors student travel to the National Association of Professional Development School (NAPDS) Annual Meeting to present their undergraduate research to a national audience.
Instead of internships, childhood education majors engage in school placements throughout Western New York under the tutelage of a classroom teacher. The culminating courses vary in placement for the childhood education majors but usually include two supervised student teaching experiences with children at different age levels in different types of schools. It is expected that students in these majors will have at least one urban teaching experience.
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