Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Master of Science in Education Program

Childhood & Early Childhood Education Including Initial Teacher Certification (MIITC)*

Program Code: MSED-ED

Major Code: CEC

HEGIS 0802

Elementary Education and Reading Department

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Accredited by Association of Childhood Education International

Nancy A. Chicola, Chair

Ellen S. Friedland, Assistant Chair for Graduate Programs

Bacon Hall 302, (716) 878-5916


*Master Including Initial Teacher Certification

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 admissions criteria should consult with the department.

This program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in one of the liberal arts and sciences. It leads to an M.S. in education and eligibility to apply for initial certification in childhood and early childhood education from the New York State Department of Education. To receive initial certification, students must pass the applicable New York State certification exams and fulfill other New York State certification requirements.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an academic major in one of the liberal arts or sciences.
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  3. Meeting with a department advisor to review college transcripts to determine eligibility prior to applying to the program.
  4. A completed Application Requirement Worksheet (included in the application packet) detailing:
    1. College-level work in each of the following: English, mathematics, science, and social studies. Each applicant will have completed this requirement as an undergraduate or will be required to complete 6 credit hours of study in each of these four disciplines. Basic college writing courses (ENG 101 or ENG 102) do not count toward the English requirement.
    2. Undergraduate major or courses applicable to an acceptable concentration.
    3. Two years of high school or two semesters of college study in one foreign language (high school transcript should be submitted with application).
  5. A well-crafted statement addressing the following:
    1. Reasons for wanting to become a childhood/early childhood teacher and related professional experiences.
    2. Professional .

      The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

      1. Organization
      2. Conventions of language
      3. Content

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

  6. Three letters of reference on special department forms that attest to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student and as a teacher. Please note that two references must be from college professors/instructors. Department forms may be downloaded at http://graduateschool.buffalostate.edu/supplemental-application-materials

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


3 cr

EDU 501

Seminar for the Reflective Teacher(To be taken early in the program)

Multicultural Perspectives and Diversity Course

3 cr

Choose one:


SPF 500

Multicultural Education

EDU 620

Teaching and Learning in Diverse Elementary School Classrooms

SSE 640

The Sociohistorical Context and Issues of Diversity in American Schooling

Foundation Course

3 cr

SPF 503

Educational Psychology

Exceptional Education Course

3 cr

Choose one:


EDU 577

Teaching Individuals with Exceptionalities in the Regular Classroom

EXE 500

Individuals with Special Needs


12 cr

EDU 528

Families and Early Childhood Programs

EDU 543

Curriculum for the Young Child

EDU 654

Theory, Research, and Practice in Social Studies Instruction

EDU 672

Advanced Technology for K-6 Classrooms

Literacy Course

3 cr

EDU 546

Theory, Research and Practice in Language Arts Instruction (Must be taken prior to EDU 511)

Methods and Practicum Courses

27 cr

EDU 511

Methods of Teaching English Language Arts (6) (Prerequisites apply; must be taken prior to EDU 682)

EDU 626

Integrating the Content Areas in the Teaching of Young Children (Includes a 40- hour Field Experience)(Prerequisite EDU 543)

EDU 682

Teaching Math & Science in the Elementary School (6) (Prerequisites apply)

EDU 500

Practicum in Childhood Education (6)

EDU 510

Practicum in Early Childhood Education (6)

Research and Master’s Project

6 cr

SPF 689

Methods and Techniques of Educational Research (Must be taken prior to EDU 690)

EDU 690

Master’s Project (Culminating Course)

Total Required Credit Hours:

60 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Graduate Programs by School

Adult Education (M.S. and Graduate Certificate)

Applied Economics (M.A.)

Art Conservation (M.A. and C.A.S.)

Art Education (M.S.Ed.)

Art Education (PTCP)

Biology (M.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (M.S.Ed.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (M.S.Ed.)

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)

Chemistry Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

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

Childhood and Early Childhood Education (Birth–Grade 6; M.S.Ed.)

Creative Studies (M.S.)

Creativity and Change Leadership (Graduate Certificate)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Earth Science Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


Educational Technology (M.S.Ed.)

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building

Educational Leadership (C.A.S.) - Building & District

English (M.A.)

English Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

English Education (7–12; PTCP)

Foreign Language Education (1-6 Extension; 7-12) (M.S.Ed.)

Forensic Science (M.S.)

French Education (7–12; PTCP)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.A.)

Great Lakes Ecosystem Science (M.S.)

Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration (M.S.)

History (M.A.)

Human Resource Development (Graduate Certificate)

Industrial Technology (M.S.)

Literacy Specialist (Birth Through Grade 12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Mathematics Education (7–12; PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12; 5–6 Extension; PTCP)

Multidisciplinary Studies (M.A. and M.S.)

Museum Studies (M.A.)

Museum Studies (Graduate Certificate)

Music Education (M.M.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed.)

Physics Education (7–12; M.S.Ed. with Alternative Certification)

Professional Applied and Computational Mathematics (M.S.)

Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management (M.P.A.)

Public Management (Graduate Certificate)

Public Relations M.S.

Science Education (M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; M.S.Ed.)

Social Studies Education (7-12; PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7-12; 5-6 Extension; PTCP)

Spanish Education (7-12; PTCP)

Special Education

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.Ed.)

Teaching Bilingual Exceptional Individuals

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Technology Education (M.S.Ed.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Guide to Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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