Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension

Our master's program in early childhood with bilingual extension is for you if you wish to obtain New York State initial/professional certification to teach early childhood (birth–grade 2) students and/or bilingual and English language learners, birth–grade 2. This program is also for you if you have already obtained initial teacher certification before entering the program, but you aspire to complete both a master's degree in early childhood education with bilingual extension and satisfy birth–grade 2 professional certification requirements.

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Why Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • laboratories, centers and research and evaluation projects that provide a rich variety of learning opportunities, including field experiences and projects in collaboration with local schools' bilingual and second language programs
  • study of English language learners and bilingual education students
  • study of foundation of bilingual, dual and second language education
  • study of bilingualism and first and second language acquisition
  • study of developmental readers, first and second language reading processes, and first and second language reading instruction at the pre-school and emergent level, elementary grades; literacy in first and second language; technology; language, literacy and culture; children's and young adult literature; and classroom reading and second language assessment

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
›  English
›  Languages other than English 
(e.g., French, Spanish)
›  Mathematics
›  Natural Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics
›  Social Sciences:
Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science
›  Social Sciences Interdisciplinary 
(Health & Human Services: Early Childhood Concentration only)

Early Childhood Education with Bilingual Extension Programs

Program Overview

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 Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Extension
Grade levels Birth to 2
Credits required for completion 60
Time to completion 4 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities Early childhood bilingual teacher
Experiential contact hours
  • 115 hours of field experience
  • 1 full semester of student teaching
  • Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework 
Application deadline Priority Deadlines
Fall/Summer: Feb. 1, then rolling
Spring: Nov. 1, then rolling

Program Coursework


Application Requirements

You must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Test scores: Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (including verbal, quantitative and writing sections) for applicants pursuing any of the tracks (initial, initial/professional, professional) of the teacher education program. Please use Institution Code 2925 and Department Code 3101. For NYS-certified teachers and educational leaders who already hold a graduate degree, the GRE is not required.
  • Contact information for two individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Applicants to the Master's degree program (Professional Certification) must have applied for, or received New York State initial teacher certification in the matching certification area. If application for teacher certification is in process, proof of such application must be submitted. If already certified, a copy of proof of teacher certification is required.

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.

Dignity for All Students Act Requirement

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.

Students with Disabilities Requirement

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).

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A course-by-course transcript evaluation by a NACES member organization
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 96 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 6.5
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

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.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.