B.S.Ed. Early Childhood / Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6)

B.S.Ed. Early Childhood / Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6)

132 credits
Major Requirements
33 credits
General Education Core
33 credits
Field Experience/Student Teaching
15 credits
Generalist Concentration
30 credits
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
18 credits
Computer Information Systems
3 credits
What can you do with this degree?

Medaille alumni have gone on to careers as:

Elementary School Teachers
Teacher Aides
Substitute Teachers
Preschool Teachers

Medaille alums are currently teaching in New York and states across the country.

About the Program 

About the Program

The Early Childhood (B-2) and Childhood (1-6) degree provides students with the skills they need to teach children from Birth to Sixth Grade. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn a B.S.Ed. degree and certification in both Early Childhood (B-2) and Childhood (grades 1-6).

Concentration – Generalist

Required Education Coursework

Clinical Experiences

Office of Student Teaching and Certification

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

Undergraduate Catalog


What sets Medaille’s early childhood education degree program in Buffalo, NY apart? 

  • Small classes and individualized support
  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty
  • Future Teachers Club, a club rooted in the principles of education and professional and social development.
  • Continue at Medaille to complete your master’s degree in just sixteen months (four semesters)

Concentration - Generalist

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 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/sciences curriculum to allow students to take:

  • English - 21 credits (7 courses)
  • Math - 15 credits (5 courses)
  • Social Studies - 12 credits (4 courses)
  • Science - 9 credits (3 courses)

Required Education 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)


Clinical Experiences

This exciting opportunity allows students the ability to learn through a hands-on experience with the support and mentorship of classroom teachers and college instructors.

Fieldwork:  Students enrolled in the BSED Early Childhood/Childhood Education 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 student teaching placements.

For detailed information about clinical field experiences, click on the link for the Office of Student Teaching and Certification.


Office of Student Teaching and Certification



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

For detailed information about the program, click on the link below for the program handbook.
BSED Early Childhood-Childhood Education Handbook 2018-19



For information about undergraduate college-wide and department-specific details, click on the link below for the undergraduate catalog.
Academic Catalogs

B.S.Ed. Early Childhood / Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6) Program Faculty

You have an exciting journey ahead —
and we’ll be there every step of the way.

Medaille College is the place for students who want to change their world and improve the lives of their communities through their careers as leaders, advocates and professionals. Each one of Medaille’s undergraduate programs prepares you for the workplace through hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Medaille College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000

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  • Student-centered environment
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Vibrant campus located in the heart of the City of Buffalo Relevant real-world experiences
  • More than two-dozen clubs and activities
  • Successful NCAA Division III athletic teams


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Phone: (716) 880-2000

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