Two “4+1” pathways are in effect at Buffalo State, with more in the planning stages.
“These four-plus-one pathways are designed to enable undergraduate students to take graduate courses and get a jumpstart on their master’s degree,” said Kevin Miller, interim dean of the Graduate School.
Early Childhood/Exceptional Education Pathway
In the School of Education, a pathway exists that enables undergraduate students in the early childhood education program to take graduate courses in exceptional education. Students accepted into the early childhood/ex ed pathway receive a roadmap specifying the course schedule required for students to successfully complete the program. “Students can graduate with a master’s in five years, qualified to teach young children in early childhood, special education, and inclusive classrooms,” said Wendy Paterson, dean of the School of Education.
Dietetics/Adult Education Pathway
The second 4+1 pathway offers students in the dietetics and nutrition program the opportunity to begin coursework toward a master’s degree in adult education while enrolled in either of Buffalo State’s dietetics program. “It’s exciting because students can complete the master’s in adult education entirely online,” said Carol DeNysschen, associate professor and chair of the Health, Nutrition, and Dietetics Department.
The School of Education is developing more 4+1 pathways for students. “New York State teachers must earn a master’s degree to obtain their professional certification,” said Paterson. “We want to make it possible for qualified, committed Buffalo State students to complete their education and begin their careers without unnecessary delays or expense.”
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