Early Childhood Education, B.S. (Birth - Grade 2)
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.
|Intellectual Foundations Requirements|
|30 credit hours 1||30|
|30 credit hours||30|
|Distribution Courses Beyond IF|
|9 credit hours||9|
|Education Major Requirements (54 credit hours)|
|SPF 202||CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION||3|
|EDU 201||INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION||3|
|SPF 302||EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION||3|
|EDU 211||INTRODUCTION TO LITERACY||3|
|EDU 220||PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS||3|
|EDU 311||THE TEACHING OF READING AND THE OTHER LANGUAGE ARTS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL||6|
|EDU 329||INTEGRATED THEMATIC INSTRUCTION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN||6|
|EDU 326||EARLY LITERACY AND LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT||3|
|EXE 362||BEHAVIOR AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT||3|
|EXE 371||FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES||3|
|EDU 375||INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION||3|
|EDU 400||PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY TEACHING I||6|
|EDU 402||SEMINAR IN EDUCATION||1-3|
|EDU 410||PRACTICUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHING||6|
|EDU 411||PARENTS, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY||3|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
Up to 6 general education (IF 14) courses (math/quantitative reasoning, American Civilization, Western Civilization, Non-western Civilizations, Humanities, Natural Science, Global and Diversity) may overlap with required courses in the major which could 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 Department Handbook and an academic adviser for more detailed information.