National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Accredited
Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for "Admission to Teacher Education Programs" found in this catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.
The program is clinically-rich with carefully designed field experiences that culminate in one full semester of student teaching. The culminating courses vary in placement for the Childhood education majors but usually include two supervised student teaching experiences. 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 will have at least one urban teaching experience.
Successful Graduates will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children from first to sixth grade (Childhood, CED).
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 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 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 and graduation, including School Violence Prevention and Intervention (SAVE); Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment; Alcohol and Other Drug Avoidance; Fire and Arson Safety; HIV and the Classroom; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). The seminar requirements are subject to change.
To be considered for admission to the Childhood education major (CED), 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. 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 101/CWP 101 andENG 102/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. 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 Web site, or from the department office. Currently, the concentration may be chosen from: American studies, English, foreign language, Liberal Arts, mathematics, science, social studies or urban studies.
Intellectual Foundations Requirements
30 credit hours 1 30
Credit Hours for Concentration
30 credit hours 30
Distribution Courses beyond IF
9 credit hours 9
Education Major Requirements (54 credit hours)
SPF 202 CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION 3
SPF 203 SCHOOL AND SOCIETY 3
EDU 201 INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION 3
SPF 302 EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION 3
EDU 211 INTRODUCTION TO LITERACY 3
EDU 310 TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 3
EDU 311 THE TEACHING OF READING AND THE OTHER LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 6
EDU 313 TEACHING SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND CHILDHOOD SETTINGS 3
EDU 316 TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS 6
EXE 362 BEHAVIOR AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT 3
EXE 371 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES 3
EDU 400 PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY TEACHING I 6
EDU 401 PRACTICUM IN TEACHING: INTERMEDIATE 6
EDU 402 SEMINAR IN EDUCATION 1-3
Total Credit Hours 123
1 Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Humanities, Natural Science, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required major, distribution, and concentration courses. 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.
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