Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)
Elementary Education and Reading Department
Bachelor of Science (HEGIS 0802)
Bacon Hall 302
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 culminating courses for the Childhood with Italian Extension major 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..
Graduates in this major will be recommended for New York State Initial Certification to teach children in grades 1–6 and 7-9 Italian.
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 with Italian Extension 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 with Italian extension program and wishing to complete their programs in four or five semesters must seek advisement at the institution in which they initially enrolled to assure that the prerequisite course equivalencies are met. Since the teacher candidate will graduate with recommendation for two certification areas, extension majors may need an additional semester of college work.
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 with Italian Extension (CIT) major, 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. A description of relevant experiences and a writing sample regarding the applicant’s experiences that have helped solidify plans to pursue teaching is required. Applications to CIT are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.
Childhood with Italian Extension education majors must 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 and ENG 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. In addition, Italian extension majors take FLE 300/FLE 401 in the fall semester closest to their student teaching experience. See the Modern and Classical Languages Department for course availability and orientations.
Italian extension majors also complete a 30-credit-hour concentration in Italian as outlined in the elementary education handbook, available in Bacon 302 and on the college website.
|Intellectual Foundations Requirements|
|30 credit hours 1||30|
|30 credit hours||30|
|Distribution Courses beyond IF|
|9 credit hours||9|
|Education Major Requirements (57 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|
|FLE 300/401||INTRODUCTION TO THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSROOM||3|
|FLE 407||STUDENT TEACHING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES IN THE MIDDLE/JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL||6|
|EDU 402||SEMINAR IN EDUCATION||1-3|
|EDU 404||PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY TEACHING FOR EX ED & MIDDLE SCHOOL EX STUDENTS||6|
|Total Credit Hours||126|
Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Non-western Civilization, Humanities, Natural Science, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could significantly reduce the total number of credit hours required. 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.