Childhood and Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction (M.S.Ed.)

Admission Requirements

  1. A bachelor’s degree in early childhood and/or childhood education from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  2. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
    1. Your strengths as a teacher.
    2. Professional challenge(s) you encountered during your first classroom teaching experiences or field experiences that you hope to address in your graduate work.
    3. How your graduate program can help you grow as a teacher. If you know which concentration you are selecting, please describe your reasons for selecting it.

      The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

      • Organization
      • Conventions of language
      • Content

        Note: Please refer to the rubric provided with the application materials for the statement prompts and specific evaluation criteria.

  3. Professional resume
  4. 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.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (6 credit hours)
EDU 501SEMINAR FOR THE REFLECTIVE TEACHER (to be taken as first course)3
EDU 620TEACHING AND LEARNING IN DIVERSE CLASSROOMS3
Content Courses (12 credit hours)
Courses can be taken any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501
EDU 513THEORY, RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN LITERACY INSTRUCTION3
EDU 651THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION3
EDU 654THEORY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION3
EDU 671THEORY, RESEARCH, AND PRACTICE IN SCIENCE INSTRUCTION3
Required Culminating Course (3 credit hours)
EDU 690MASTER'S PROJECT3
Concentration/Electives (9-12 credit hours)
Can be taken any time in your program after or concurrent with EDU 501
Select one from the following concentrations or design a 9-credit curriculum concentration by advisement:9-12
Total Credit Hours30-33
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Prerequisites may be required for some courses. Other courses may be accepted through advisement only. Students who select the Gifted and Talented concentration do not need an elective to obtain the 33 required credits for completion of the program.

Literacy Concentration*

TEACHING WRITING: B-12
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN ADOLESCENT LITERACY
EARLY LITERACY INSTRUCTION
DEVELOPING LITERACY THROUGH LITERATURE
*Does not lead to Literacy certification.

Early Childhood Concentration

Appropriate for those without Early Childhood Certification

CURRICULUM FOR THE YOUNG CHILD
INTEGRATING THE CONTENT AREAS IN THE TEACHING OF YOUNG CHILDREN
FAMILIES AND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
EARLY LITERACY INSTRUCTION

Gifted/Talented Concentration

If you select this concentration and complete the other NYSED requirements for Gifted and Talented certification, Buffalo State will recommend you for certification.

INTRODUCTION TO THE GIFTED, TALENTED AND CREATIVE LEARNER
PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN GIFTED, TALENTED, AND CREATIVE EDUCATION
COLLABORATION AND PRACTICE IN GIFTED, TALENTED, AND CREATIVE EDUCATION

Educational Technology Concentration

ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR K-6 CLASSROOMS
FUNDAMENTALS OF TECHNOLOGY LITERACY
INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES
INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN AND PROBLEM SOLVING WITH TECHNOLOGY
AUTHORING FOR EDUCATORS
EDUCATIONAL GRAPHICS AND ANIMATION

Educational Leadership Concentration

PRINCIPLES IN CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
SITE-BASED LEADERSHIP
FACILITATION OF GROUP PROBLEM SOLVING