Early Childhood Education

Our master's program in early childhood education prepares you to teach children from birth–grade 2. 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, our program enables you to pursue a master's degree and satisfy birth–grade 2 certification requirements.

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Why Early 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 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 Early Childhood Education
Grade levels Birth to 2
Credits required for completion 63 to 66
Time to completion 4 to 5 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus
Career opportunities
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Curriculum development
  • Non-profit/community organization
  • Research
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

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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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.