Early Childhood Education, B.S. (Birth - Grade 2)

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the early childhood education major(ECE), 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 student currently enrolled at Buffalo State, an acceptable application to the department includes evidence that the above requirements have been met.  Applications to ECE are available in Bacon 302. Acceptance into the department enables students to proceed through the curricular courses of their selected major.

Early 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. Early 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 CWP 101 and 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. Early 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 website, or from the department office. Currently, the concentration may be chosen from: American studies, English, Liberal Arts, foreign language, mathematics, science, social studies or urban studies.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
30 credit hours 130
Concentration Requirements
30 credit hours30
Distribution Courses Beyond IF
9 credit hours9
Education Major Requirements (54 credit hours)
SPF 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION3
EDU 201INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION3
SPF 302EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION3
EDU 211INTRODUCTION TO LITERACY3
EDU 220PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS3
EDU 311THE TEACHING OF READING AND THE OTHER LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL6
EDU 329INTEGRATED THEMATIC INSTRUCTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN6
EDU 326EARLY LITERACY AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT3
EXE 362BEHAVIOR AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
EXE 371FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES3
EDU 375INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION3
EDU 400PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY TEACHING I6
EDU 402SEMINAR IN EDUCATION1-3
EDU 410PRACTICUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING6
EDU 411PARENTS, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY3
Total Credit Hours120

The total number of required hours will vary with course selection. Students should refer to the Elementary Education Department Handbook and an academic adviser for more detailed information.