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.
All teacher education programs include a clinical/field component. If you have been convicted of a felony, your criminal history record may impede your ability to complete this program and/or become a NYS certified teacher. Please review Buffalo State's Admission of Persons with Prior Felony Convictions Policy.
Completion of a Buffalo State Educator Preparation Program leads to a college recommendation for NYS Teacher Certification. Buffalo State cannot determine the acceptability of an Educator Preparation Program for licensure/certification in another U.S. state or territory. To access Buffalo State’s full Interstate Disclosure document, including a full list of education departments for other states, go to teachercertification.buffalostate.edu/teaching-other-states.
This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in one of the liberal arts and sciences. It leads to an M.S. in education and eligibility to apply for initial certification in childhood education from the New York State Department of Education. The program is clinically-rich with carefully designed field experiences that culminate in one full semester of student teaching. Candidates who are working full-time as teacher assistants in grades 1-6 can request to complete field experience in their work sites. To receive initial certification, students must pass the applicable New York State certification exams and fulfill other New York State certification requirements.
In addition to academic requirements, students who are enrolled in teacher education programs leading to Initial Certification or Initial/Professional certification 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; and Harassment, Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Discrimination in Schools: Prevention and Intervention (DASA Training). These seminar requirements are subject to change.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an academic major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.
2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
3. Meeting with a department advisor to review college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program.
4. A completed Application Requirement Workshop (included in the online application) detailing:
a. College-level work in each of the following: English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each applicant will have completed this requirement as an undergraduate or will be required to complete 6 credit hours of study in each of these four disciplines. Basic college writing courses (CWP 101 or CWP 102) do not count toward the English requirement.
b. Undergraduate major or courses applicable to an acceptable concentration.
c. Two years of high school or two semesters of college study in one foreign language (high school transcript should be submitted with application).
5. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
a. Reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
ii. Conventions of language
Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.
6. Three letters of reference that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. Please note that two references must be from college professors/instructors.
These are the minimum criteria for admission; satisfaction of these criteria does not guarantee admission to the program. In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
Additional Admission Information
Each applicant will be evaluated in terms of his or her baccalaureate degree, academic performance, letters of recommendation, experiential background, and substance and quality of the personal statement. Please refer to the Graduate Admissions Committee rubric (attached to the supplemental application information) used for evaluating applications.
Seminar (3 credit hours
EDU 501 SEMINAR FOR THE REFLECTIVE TEACHER (to be taken early in the program) 3
Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 620 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIVERSE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOMS 3
Foundation Course (3 credit hours)
SPF 503 EDUCATION PSYCHOLOGY (undergraduate equivalent is acceptable) 3
Exceptional Education Course (3 credit hours)
EXE 500 INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS or EXE 502 CONTINGENCY MANAGEMENT 3
Curriculum (6 credit hours)
EDU 654 THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION 3
EDU 671 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN SCIENCE INSTRUCTION 3
Literacy Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 546 THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS INSTRUCTION (Must be taken prior to EDU 511) 3
Methods and Practicum Courses (24 credit hours)
EDU 511 METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS (Prerequisites apply.) 6
EDU 682 TEACHING MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Prerequisites apply) 6
EDU 500 PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION 6
EDU 510 PRACTICUM IN CHILDHOOD TEACHING 6
Master's Project (3 credit hours)
SPF 690 MASTER'S PROJECT (Culminating Course) 3
Total Credit Hours 48
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