Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Childhood Education with Social Studies Extension major (CSS), 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 CSS are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.

Childhood with Social Studies Extension 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 with social studies extension 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 CWP 101 and CWP 102).

Social studies extension majors also complete a 30-credit-hour concentration in social studies as outlined in the elementary education handbook, available in Bacon 302 and on the college website.

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, social studies extension majors take SSE 303 in the semester prior to student teaching. See the social studies education department for seat availability and orientation.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
30 credit hours 130
Social Studies Concentration
30 credit hours30
Distribution Courses beyond IF
9 credit hours9
Total Required Credit Hours in Education Major Requirements (57 credit hours)
SPF 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION3
SPF 203SCHOOL AND SOCIETY3
EDU 201INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION3
SPF 302EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION3
EDU 211INTRODUCTION TO LITERACY3
EDU 310TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
EDU 311THE TEACHING OF READING AND THE OTHER LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL6
EDU 313TEACHING SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND CHILDHOOD SETTINGS3
EDU 316TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS6
EXE 362BEHAVIOR AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
EXE 371FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES3
SSE 303METHODS AND MATERIALS IN TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES3
SSE 409STUDENT TEACHING OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL6
EDU 402SEMINAR IN EDUCATION1-3
EDU 404PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY TEACHING FOR EX ED & MIDDLE SCHOOL EX STUDENTS6
Total Credit Hours126

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.