Our master's program in childhood education prepares you to teach children from grades 1–6. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in education, you can enroll in our initial/professional program. If you have completed an approved undergraduate major and hold New York State initial certification in childhood education, you can enroll in our professional program.
To be eligible for this program, you must have majored in or completed 30 credit hours in one of the following areas:
› Arts: Art History, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts
› Languages other than English (e.g., French, Spanish)
› Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics
› Social Sciences: Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science
› Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Health & Human Services: Early Childhood Concentration only)
|Academic credential granted||Master of Education (EdM)|
|Certification option||Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for NYS Initial and Professional Certification in Childhood Education|
|Grade levels||1 to 6|
|Credits required for completion||57 to 60|
|Time to completion||4 to 5 full-time semesters|
|Course delivery||On campus|
|Career opportunities|| |
|Experiential contact hours|| |
|Application deadline||Priority Deadlines |
Fall/Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling
You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
Submit your completed online application, which includes:
Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.
Admissions Decision: The admissions decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) requires that all students applying for certification as of December 31, 2013 have 6 hours of coursework or training on the social patterns of harassment, bullying and discrimination. As mandated by NYSED six clock hours of training in harassment, bullying, and discrimination prevention and intervention. This workshop is available through the University at Buffalo as well as other NYSED-approved providers. If you have already completed a workshop through a NYSED-approved provider, you must submit proof of completion when you apply.
The New York State Education Department requires three semester hours of study in the area of students with disabilities for those who are entering the teacher education programs. If you have not yet fulfilled this requirement, you may take our students with disabilities course (LAI 574).
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.
If you currently in China and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are cancelled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.