Becoming a Teacher in Buffalo, NY: Teaching Degree (B.S.Ed.) in Childhood Education, Birth - Grade 6

Becoming a Teacher in Buffalo, NY: Teaching Degree (B.S.Ed.) in Childhood Education, Birth - Grade 6

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Early Childhood & Childhood Education: Birth - Grade 6 (BSEd)

The only offered in New York State, our generalist concentration allows you to become a preschool or elementary school teacher, fully versed in all subject areas. The teaching degree you earn at Medaille makes you a more marketable teacher! Meet our education faculty.

The education program at Medaille has given me so many opportunities to grow as a future educator and learn how to be a successful teacher. The courses that I have taken in my time at Medaille have been so informative and have provided me with all of the foundational knowledge and skills that are necessary for an aspiring educator.

Kelsey Beres '19

About Our Elementary Education Teaching Degree

Future generations are counting on their teachers to inspire, motivate and help navigate through challenges in this increasingly competitive world. The only institution in New York offering a generalist concentration, choose Medaille's education program for a rich, varied and unparalleled learning experience. Upon earning your bachelor's degree, you will enter the workforce more knowledgeable and prepared to teach in all content areas, and become eligible for NYSED certification in two areas: Early Childhood Education (Birth through Grade 2) and Childhood Education (Grades 1 through 6).

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Prepare yourself to teach in all content areas with our generalist concentration, the only offered in New York State.

New York State requires that students in teacher preparation programs pursue an academic concentration of study (e.g. English, math, science). At Medaille College, rather than requiring a student to choose one area of focus, we offer a generalist concentration in our teaching degree programs, which best prepares our students to teach English language arts, math, science and social studies in prekindergarten through sixth grade. The concentration is complemented by additional courses from the general education and liberal arts and sciences curriculum, empowering students to take:

English - 21 credits (7 courses)

Math - 15 credits (5 courses)

Social Studies - 12 credits (4 courses)

Science - 9 credits (3 courses)

Program Specs

Total Credits: 132 credits

Major Core Component: 33 credits

Generalist Concentration: 30 credits
Includes English (21), math (15), social studies (12) and science (9)

Student Teaching: 12 credits

Admission Requirements

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Required Major Core Coursework

CIS 175 Technology Applications in Education (3 credits)

EDU 207 DASA Seminar (requires co-registration with EDU 210) (0 credits)

EDU 210 Educational Foundations (requires co-registration with EDU 201) (3 credits)

EDU 223 Educational Psychology (3 credits)

EDU 240 Literacy I: Language Development and Pre-Emergent Literacy (3 credits)

EDU 241 Literacy II: Emergent to Early Readers and Writers (3 credits)

EDU 242 Literacy III: Transitional to Fluent Readers and Writers (3 credits)

EDU 340 Child Abuse and School Violence and other Current Issues in Education
Requires co-registration with ESP 230 (0 credits)

EDU 370 Methods of Language Arts with Children’s Literature (3 credits)

EDU 371 Methods of Mathematics (3 credits)

EDU 372 Methods of Science and Technology (3 credits)

EDU 373 Methods of Social Studies and Creative Arts (3 credits)

EDU 375 Strategic Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners (3 credits)

EDU 378 Field Experiences and Seminars (3 credits)

EDU 478 Student Teaching (B-6)/Seminar (12 credits)

Teacher Education Clinical Experiences

This exciting opportunity provides students the opportunity to learn through hands-on experiences, with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.



Students enrolled in the B.S.Ed. Early Childhood/Childhood program are required to complete a minimum of 150 field experience hours, prior to student teaching. These field experience hours are embedded over several courses and must be completed prior to the culminating experience of student teaching.


Student Teaching

This is the culmination of the educational preparation process. It is where students have the opportunity to utilize the knowledge and skills gained through coursework at Medaille College, with the support of a classroom associate teacher and college supervisor. Medaille College student teachers participate in two full time, eight-week teaching placements.

Learn more about student teaching and certification

B.S.Ed. Early Childhood/Childhood Education Professional Handbook

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What else sets Medaille's childhood education program apart?

Future Teachers Club, rooted in principles of education, as well as professional and social development

Close mentoring relationships with faculty

Continue at Medaille to complete your master's degree in education in just 16 months (four semesters)! Choose from:

M.S.Ed. Elementary Education

M.S.Ed. Adolescent/Secondary Education

M.S.Ed. Literacy

M.S.Ed. Students with Disabilities

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Program News

Dr. Riegel Presents at 2021 Association of Teacher Educators Conference

Department of Education Assistant Professor Dr. Caitlin Riegel, the program director for Medaille’s M.S.Ed. adolescent/secondary education and M.S.Ed. elementary education programs, gave a presentation at the national Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference this summer, focused on tools and tips for teaching in a post-COVID world and the smooth transition between in-person and online modalities.

Medaille College is currently pursuing accreditation of its educator preparation programs by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP). Pursuant to §52.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, the educator preparation programs offered by Medaille College are considered to be continuously accredited for purposes of meeting the New York State requirement that all such programs maintain continuous accreditation.
Elementary Education

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