Combined Health and Human Services, BA / Early Childhood/Childhood Education, EdM

The UB Teach health and human services/early childhood-childhood education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that allows you to earn a health and human services/child and family studies BA and an early childhood/childhood education EdM in five years. The program focuses on providing you with content expertise in child development while preparing you to teach students from early childhood to childhood levels.

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Why Health and Human Services/Early Childhood/Childhood Education at UB?

In this combined program, you will study in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education. While in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program, you benefit from a dedicated focus on the social, biological, cultural and educational factors and contexts that influence children and families; in the Department of Learning and Instruction, you learn how to bring content to life in birth to grade 6 classrooms.

UB prepares highly qualified teachers who lead their classrooms, shape students’ lives and positively engage with the communities they serve.

Students enrolled in this program will:

  • Learn about a range of health and human services professions and their characteristics; understand typical problems, needs, and interventions associated with children and families; develop social science research skills.
  • Acquire knowledge about early childhood development, language development, family structure and functions, and agencies, services, and institutions geared toward children and families.
  • Complete intensive clinical education experiences in collaboration with Western New York early childhood centers and schools across diverse settings, while learning the nuances of the teaching profession.
  • Gain the skills, expertise and confidence to implement evidence-based practice in the classroom and co-teach alongside an expert teacher in a one-year residency. 

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Education (EdM)
Certification option Successful completion of program leads to an institutional recommendation for New York State initial and professional certification in early childhood/childhood education
Grade levels Birth to grade 6
Credits required for completion 156
Time to completion 5 years
Course delivery On campus, some online coursework
  • Preschool or Elementary Teacher
  • Child mental health
  • Child protective services 
  • Community education with agencies 
Experiential contact hours
  • Clinical experiences embedded in undergraduate and graduate  coursework
  • A full one-year teaching residency in the final year of the program
Application deadline Early action: Nov. 15
Scholarship consideration: Dec. 8
Regular decision: Feb. 1

Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
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For more information about coursework and requirements, please contact:
Office of Educator, 716-645-2461