Childhood Education

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.

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Why Childhood Education at UB?

The features of our program include:
  • individual course selection according to interests, especially for those pursuing the professional certification
  • learning and research opportunities at Explore and More Children's Museum, the Fisher-Price Lab, and Western New York organizations that serve children and youth

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)

Childhood Education Programs

Initial / Professional Professional

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 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
  • Childhood education teacher
  • After-school programming
  • Curriculum development
  • Non-profit/community organization
  • Research
Experiential contact hours
  • 1 academic year (fall/spring) of student teaching
  • Additional clinical hours may be required prior to student teaching residency. This is based on academic program and opportunities for specific students
  • Academic advisors assist with outlining specific clinical requirements
Application deadline

Priority Deadlines

Nov. 1, then rolling until Dec. 1
Feb. 1, then rolling until April 15
Feb. 1, then rolling until July 15


Frequently Asked Questions

We have a collection of frequently asked questions that may help you. If your questions are still unanswered, we are glad to help! Contact our admission office.

Questions About the Admission Process?

Graduate School of Education
366 Baldy Hall, North Campus