Early Childhood/Childhood Education

Our master's program in early childhood/childhood education prepares you to teach children from birth through middle school. You may choose to focus on early childhood (birth–grade 2), childhood (grades 1–6), or a mix, or study a specific childhood curriculum field, such as literacy or mathematics. This program in early childhood/childhood education is available with a bilingual extension/specialization.

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Why Early Childhood/Childhood Education at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • internship at the Fisher-Price Endowed Early Childhood Research Center
  • 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)

Early Childhood/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 Professional Certification Early Childhood/Childhood Education
Grade levels Birth to 6
Credits required for completion 51 to 54
Time to completion 2 to 3 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities
  • Early childhood/childhood teacher
  • After-school programming
  • Curriculum development
  • Non-profit/community organization
  • Research
Experiential contact hours Additional clinical experience may be embedded in content coursework 
Application deadlines

Priority Deadlines

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


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Graduate School of Education
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