Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Teacher Certification Office

Buffalo State maintains a Teacher Certification Office in Caudell Hall 101 that serves as a resource for Buffalo State students, faculty, and staff. The Teacher Certification Office verifies program completion so that Buffalo State graduates may apply for New York State teacher certification. The Teacher Certification Office also verifies completion of teacher education programs for graduates applying for out-of-state certification, provides teacher certification examination bulletins, and is a resource for certification requirements in all 50 states.

New York State Certification

All students who successfully complete an approved program in teacher education may be recommended to the New York State Education Department for a teaching certificate if they have met all requirements, including at least one student-teaching placement in an urban setting and the required seminars. In addition, the New York State Education Department requires both a background check through a fingerprinting process and satisfactory performance on a series of examinations before a certificate can be issued.

Graduates are able to apply for a New York State Teacher Certificate online through the TEACH Online Service system at www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/teach. In order for the Teacher Certification Office to provide verification of program completion to the New York State Office of Teaching, students need to provide the certification office with permission to release this information. Release forms may be obtained from the office’s website or the Teacher Certification Office.

All teacher certification candidates who are applying for Initial Certification and Professional Certification through our Teacher Certification Office are required to complete two clock hours of coursework or training in the following four seminars:

S.A.V.E. (School Anti-Violence Education Workshop)

Child Abuse Identification Workshop

Drug and Alcohol Awareness Seminar

Fire and Arson Safety Seminar

Information regarding these seminars may be obtained from departmental offices and the Teacher Certification Office or website. Students completing an early childhood education and/or childhood education B.S. program through Buffalo State may be required to take an additional HIV/Exposure Seminar.

Teacher Certification Examination

Successful completion of identified portions of the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) is required for New York teaching certificates in all areas. Information can be obtained from departmental offices and the Teacher Certification Office.

Interstate Certification

As a participant in the Interstate Certification Project, New York State has reciprocity agreements with a number of other states, allowing Buffalo State graduates to be certified there. These include reciprocity for classroom teachers, vocational teachers, and administrative personnel in various states. The New York State Teacher Certification Examinations may not be acceptable in other states. Students should check with individual states to determine specific requirements.

Certification for B.S./B.A. Degree Holders

Holders of a B.S. or B.A. degree who wish to become certified may complete certification requirements through additional coursework at the undergraduate level or through specially designed postbaccalaureate or master’s degree programs. It is advised that they communicate with the appropriate department to determine the required admissions procedure. Please note: A department may require the completion of subject matter courses in the major area to remove any deficiencies. All professional education requirements and any subject matter courses must be completed prior to the student teaching semester. A full semester (12–15 credit hours) of student teaching, including at least one urban placement, must be successfully completed.

Holders of a B.S. or B.A. degree interested in early childhood education and/or childhood education only should contact the Graduate School, Cleveland Hall 204, for application to a special postbaccalaureate degree program.

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Collegewide Degree Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

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

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

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

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

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

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies