Special Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Admission Requirements

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 admission criteria should consult with the department. Entering freshmen who express an interest in special education and childhood education on their applications to Buffalo State who meet the required admissions criteria for teacher education programs will be accepted into special education and childhood education. Candidates who do not yet meet the minimum criteria may be accepted into the premajor. They may apply for the full major after

  1. successfully completing 12 credit hours at Buffalo State, and
  2. earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Transfer students from other colleges or Buffalo State students who wish to transfer from another major, will be directly accepted into the special education and childhood education program if they meet all minimum criteria for teacher education programs. Candidates who do not meet all of the minimum criteria may be accepted as premajors if they have not completed 60 or more credit hours. They may apply for the full major after

  1. successfully completing 12 credit hours at Buffalo State; and
  2. earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Buffalo State students who are undeclared or wishing to change to an special education and childhood education major from another major will be accepted directly into the program if they meet all of the minimum criteriafor teacher education programs. Candidates who do not meet all of the minimum criteria may be accepted as premajors if they have not completed 60 or more credit hours. They may apply for the full major after

  1. successfully completing 12 credit hours at Buffalo State; and
  2. earning a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements
30 credit hours 130
Total Required Credit Hours for Concentration (30 credit hours)
A concentration can be in one of the following subjects:
American Studies
English
French
Italian
Math
Science
Social Studies
Spanish
Urban Studies
Distribution Courses beyond IF
9 credit hours9
Special Education and Childhood Education Major Requirements (63 credit hours)
EDU 211INTRODUCTION TO LITERACY3
EDU 310TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
EDU 313TEACHING SCIENCE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND CHILDHOOD SETTINGS3
EDU 322LITERACY INSTRUCTION IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL3
EDU 342TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS3
EDU 404PRACTICUM IN ELEMENTARY TEACHING FOR EX ED & MIDDLE SCHOOL EX STUDENTS6
EXE 100NATURE AND NEEDS OF INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS3
EXE 221FOUNDATIONS OF EFFECTIVE ASSESSMENT AND INSTRUCTION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION3
EXE 321REMEDIATING AND ADAPTING LITERACY INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS WITH AND AT RISK FOR DISABILITIES3
EXE/EDU 323FIELD PLACEMENT IN LITERACY METHODS FOR CHILDREN WITH AND WITHOUT DISABILITIES3
EXE/EDU 343FIELD PLACEMENT FOR TEACHING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MATHEMATICS3
EXE 344TEACHING MATHEMATICS TO STUDENTS WITH AND AT RISK FOR DISABILITIES3
EXE 362BEHAVIOR AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT3
EXE 364EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES3
EXE 390STRATEGIES AND TECHNOLOGY TO ADAPT CONTENT AREA INSTRUCTION3
EXE 420PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION6
SPF 202CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION3
SPF 203SCHOOL AND SOCIETY3
SPF 302EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY: ELEMENTARY EDUCATION3
Total 120-126
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Some general education (IF 14) courses may overlap with required courses in the major, distribution, and concentration which could significantly reduce the total number of credit hours required. Advisement is strongly encouraged.